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Lucky New Year

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Lucky New Year is an online slot developed by Pragmatic Play. It is a five-reel slot with 25 paylines, an RTP of 96 per cent, and medium variance. This Asian-themed slo...t, which is inspired by Chinese New Year, has features including free spins and giant symbols.

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  • Celebratory festival feel
  • Free spins bonus
  • Mega symbols
  • Imagery is fairly standard in Asian-themed slots
  • No minimum bet button

Lucky New Year slot review

A video slot with five reels, 25 paylines and an Asian theme may sound like something you have played before. There are probably even other Pragmatic Play slots with a similar design; however, the reason this sort of game is common is that lots of people enjoy them. Perhaps you will trigger free spins and find your way to some giant symbols to spice up the base game experience.

Celebrate the New Year

New Year in China and its neighbouring countries is not the same as New Year in the UK or US, although these countries do sometimes celebrate it in areas with large immigrant populations. Not only is it on a different date and each year is represented by one of the animals of the Chinese zodiac but also families get together, clean their homes, put up decorations, and take part in all kinds of celebrations to hopefully bring good fortune.

Festival on the reels

Most Asian-themed slots have a red and gold colour scheme, whether inspired by Chinese New Year or not. Other aspects of these reels may seem familiar from other games, but the combination of dragons, drums, fruit and fireworks make it clear this is a celebration. It is all about the joy, which is how slots should be. Don’t worry too much about whether you will find winning symbols; instead, stick to your responsible gambling principles and have fun.

Lucky New Year RTP and variance

The RTP of the Lucky New Year slot is 96 per cent. The variance is medium.

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How to play Lucky New Year

It’s time to celebrate:

  1. It is easy to go astray when perusing casinos and slots, so set up self-exclusion and other features to regulate your gambling before you spin.
  2. Our Lucky New Year slot review can’t cover every detail, so open the info page and see what it has to say about the symbols, rules, and features.
  3. You can now adjust the settings, from your bet to the sound. Some are available on the main screen, while others will need you to head to the settings page (the gear) or the bet window (the plus and minus signs).
  4. Hit the spin button if you dare. You don’t get to control where the reels land, only how you respond to your results.
  5. Perhaps you will celebrate some winning symbols, or you may feel disappointed with a loss. You should have both loss and single win limits so you should know when to stop.
  6. Take a timeout if things look like they are getting out of control.

How to win at Lucky New Year

Slots are generally designed on a pretty basic principle: you spin the reels and if they land with matching symbols across a designated payline, you win. Slots such as Lucky New Year, with five reels and 25 paylines, have one of the most common formats and are usually pretty easy for new players to master. Winning symbols are not the only aim here, as you are probably also hoping you can find enough scatter symbols to trigger the free spins.

Top wins

  • Matching symbols can pay in combinations of three, four or five, but you need five if you want the biggest total win.
  • As with many slots, the card symbols are used to pad out the bottom of the paytable. The biggest payout potential belongs to symbols that are themed.
  • For the five card symbols, the biggest win multiplier is 2x your bet.
  • The win multiplier for the themed symbols ranges from 8x your stake for the fruit to 20x for the dragon’s head.

Lucky New Year bonuses 

It is the moment you have been waiting for since this review first opened - the moment we explain the Lucky New Year bonus features. Specifically, this means we explore the unique format of its free spins round, which comes with a special enlarged symbol to improve your chances.

Free spins

Can you see the symbol that looks like a collection of Chinese coins on a tree? This is a scatter symbol. Find one on the first reel, one on the third and one on the fifth and you will receive five free spins. If you want more, every three extra scatters that land during the round will award another three. You can keep adding spins for as long as the scatters keep landing.

This is not the end of it. The three central reels - two, three and four - normally span nine separate symbols. During the free spins, they merge into one. A single giant symbol fills the centre of your screen, making it much easier to find a line of matches.

Max-win 1,000x
Volatility Medium
Top RTP 96%

Lucky New Year review - summary 

It is not the most radically designed slot in the world but with bold, modern graphics and smooth gameplay, Lucky New Year will probably appeal to players who enjoy Asian-themed slots or free spins with a twist. It has a fun, celebratory atmosphere without doing anything too extreme. If you fancy something a little more complicated, why not try the Bison Rising Reloaded slot? Its Megaways mechanic means its layout is constantly shifting. 

Disclaimer: Lucky New Year trademark / license is owned by Pragmatic Play. This site is not endorsed by Pragmatic Play.

Slot Data
Slot Name: Lucky New Year
Software: Pragmatic Play
RTP: 96%
Volatility: Medium volatility
Paylines: 25
Reels: 5
Min Bet (all lines covered): £0.25 (GBP)
Max Bet: £125 (GBP)
Top Win: 1000
Features: Wild Symbol, Scatter Symbol, Free Spins, Respins, Medium volatility, 5 Reels
UK Available in UK? Yes. Pragmatic Play have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.


Does the Lucky New Year slot have any special symbols?

It has two types of special symbol, and they are the two types that are probably most common across all kinds of slots. The first is the wild symbol, which can slip into the gap in your otherwise winning line to make it complete; the second is the scatter symbol, which doesn’t need paylines to do its work (in this case, triggering free spins).

How does the free spins bonus work in the Lucky New Year slot?

It takes three scatters to trigger the free spins round, with the scatters appearing on the first, third and fifth reels. This enough for five free spins, but it doesn’t have to stop there. Every time you find three more scatters, you will receive another three spins. There is no upper limit to how many spins you can be awarded. Once the free spins have finished, the player is returned to the base game.

What other bonus features are available in the Lucky New Year slot?

We are not finished with the free spins round yet, as it comes with another bonus that will be very obvious once you start playing. The second, third and fourth reels will merge into one, with a single symbol that spans all three rows. That should make it easier to complete a winning line, although - as always - we make no guarantees.

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