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Golden Lotus slot review

Added by Red Tiger. Information last updated: 19/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3.3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Red Tiger

Release date:04/2016

RTP:96.22%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 2784

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Freespins

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Wilds

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Nature & animals

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RTP (Return to player):
96.22%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 2784

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
35
Red Tiger score (compared to other slots of supplier)
64
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Golden Lotus takes place in Asia, where we’re treated with a beautifully colourful slot that houses a collection of amazing art as well as the possibility of a big win!

This slot was developed and released by Red Tiger in 2016, which was a very productive year for this studio. The concept of Golden Lotus seemed rather simple and unoriginal at first glance and even though it didn’t stray too far from the popular formula I did think it added enough to stand out somewhat.

That’s not to say it doesn’t use a lot of industry standards. The game has a 5-reel, 3-row playing field and comes with the expected 20 paylines. There are low-paying symbols that are based on card letters and the free spins mode also doesn’t differ a lot from the base game. Nonetheless, I found the graphics to be very appealing thanks to the bright colours and the art is very detailed and intricate.

There aren’t many animations in the game except for the Free Spins and Wild symbols, but once the Free Spins mode triggers we are treated with a full-screen image of a woman spinning her umbrella to grant us a number of spins. It was a small detail in the scope of the slot but it did help in bringing the character alive.

The sound is what anyone would expect from a slot like this, with strong Asian overtones in the music while the sound-effects were more generic and based on bells and harps. It wasn’t especially unique but it obviously fits the theme well.

Symbols

The symbols in Golden Lotus were largely based on Asian culture, with different objects and even animals as part of the selection. In contrast, the low-paying symbols were based on high cards and made to look like they were hand-drawn with a paintbrush. Although it looked good, I wish they had created more original symbols to fill out the reels.

From highest to lowest, the symbols are:

  • Free Spins: Get 3 Free Spins symbols on the screen at the same time to activate the Free Spins mode.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Free Spins symbol. Max. 800 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Pagoda: Max. 180 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Carps: Max. 180 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Waterlily: Max. 180 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Ace: Max. 72 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • King: Max. 60 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Queen: Max. 54 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • Jack: Max. 48 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.
  • 10: Max. 36 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning betline.

Since there were quite a few symbols and half of them were low-paying, the slot had a High Volatility. Getting a win was pretty difficult when I played it and it’s statistically about 50/50 you’ll only get a small payout. The main target should be to hit the Free Spins mode since I found that to be the part of the slot that rewarded the biggest wins.

Features

There aren’t that many features in Golden Lotus but I found them to strike a good balance between interesting and helpful. The Free Spins mode had the biggest impact on the gameplay but the other features showed up more often.

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Free Spins symbols.
  • Sticky Wilds: Some Wilds are Sticky and stay in their tile for a certain number of spins. Sticky Wilds can stick for anywhere between 1 and 10 spins. During the Free Spins mode, Sticky Wilds are sticky for the entire Free Spins mode.
  • Magic Petals: During the base game, magic petals can appear and keep a Wild Sticky for extra spins. During the Free Spins mode, magic petals can add extra free spins.
  • Free Spins: With 3 Free Spins symbols on the screen at the same time the Free Spins mode triggers. Selecting 1 of the symbols, players get that number of free spins to play with.

Even though the features weren’t very original I did find them to work well. The Wilds and Sticky Wilds showed up a lot during the base game. The normal Wilds operated as you’d expect while the Sticky Wilds had some randomness associated with them. The Sticky Wilds didn’t stay in place for a set number of spins but could instead stay for a random number. This could be between 1 and 10 spins, indicated by the little dots on the tile.

During the Free Spins mode, the Sticky Wilds stayed sticky the entire mode which could result in some massive wins as the playing field slowly filled up with Sticky Wilds. Then again, it did feel like the Wilds showed up less regularly during this game mode.

Something that added some extra spice was the magic petals that occasionally drifted through the screen. During the base game, these magic petals could add extra spins to the Sticky Wilds, keeping them in place for a longer time. During the free spins mode, the petals could grant extra free spins. I didn’t see them appear that often and their effect could be negligible but I still thought it was a nice way to help the player a bit more.

In Conclusion

Golden Lotus is a nice looking slot that uses a rather tired theme as a source of inspiration and manages to give it some personality. I didn’t really feel like it was enough to make the game stand out from its competitors but it does give the player enough to see and enjoy while they are playing.

The high volatility was quite harsh at points and I rarely had the impression I was actually winning enough to compensate for my bets. It’s possible to choose a bet between £0.10 and £20 which helps in relegating that risk a little but at the same time, it also makes it less likely for any truly bank-breaking wins. The max. win of 2,784x your bet is quite nice but it felt unreachable to me.

If you’re a player that enjoys classic slots with some standard features than Golden Lotus will be right up your alley. It was a little too modern for people that enjoy old-school fruit machines. Similarly, players that go for the super-modern and highly innovative slots won’t find too much of that here either.

Overall rating:

3.3

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Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.22%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 2784

Min. bet:£0.1

Max. bet:£20

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Reels:5

Rows:3

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Max. lines:20

Min. lines:20

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Languages

You can play Golden Lotus in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese, Slovene, Korean, Japanese

Currencies

Golden Lotus supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

Stats

Release date 04/2016
123rd newest on Red Tiger 1,542nd newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.22% 0.36% > average
15th highest on Red Tiger 866th highest on Bojoko
Win up to 2784 x your bet
50th highest on Red Tiger 854th highest on Bojoko
Paylines 20 0% < average
49th highest on Red Tiger 940th highest on Bojoko
Min bet £0.1 per spin
The lowest on Red Tiger 480th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet £20 per spin
91st highest on Red Tiger 1,795th highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
2nd most rated on Red Tiger 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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Game supplier:Red Tiger

Release date:04/2016

RTP (Return to player):96.22%

Max. win:bet x 2784

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3.3

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