Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Slot Review 2021

Get ready to enter the ancient Chinese Temple, where the God of Wealth is being entertained by colourful dancing Lion’s in Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win by iSoftBet!

iSoftBet are at it again, adding yet another Hold & Win slot to their collection. This time we are heading to an ancient Chinese Temple, where Cai Shen (also known as the God of Wealth) is hoping to bestow his riches onto his loyal devotees.

iSoftBet is a well-known provider in the slots world, more recently for their exponential portfolio of Hold & Win slots. Crabbin’ Crazy Hold & Win and Moon Spirit Hold & Win are just a few of iSoftBet’s beloved Hold & Win titles available. Has the Hold & Win mechanic run its course? Possibly, but iSoftBet seem to believe there is room for more.

Will Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win leave us in the dark or will it light the way to big wins? Let’s find out!

Lanterns & Lions Hold & Win Base Game

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Betting and Symbols

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win has a variety of betting options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.25 per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€25 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.

The highest paying regular symbol in Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win is the Waving Cat, followed by the Turtle, the Chinese Calendar and Gold Coins. Lower paying symbols are standard King, Queen, Jack, Ten and Nine.

Wild Cai Shen symbols substitute for all symbols except Scatters and Lantern symbols.

Game Provider iSoftBet
Maximum Bet 25
Maximum Win 8,888x
Paylines 25
Release Date 21/12/2021
RTP 96.00%
Mechanics video slot
Volatility Low
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.25

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Base Game and Features

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win is a 5 reel slot with 25 fixed paylines. In order to form a win you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbol from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.

The base game in Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win has the Lucky Envelope feature, Cai Shen Wilds and Hold & Win Feature to keep you company.

Cai Shen Wilds

Landing 3 Cai Shen Wild symbols vertically on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, will extend and transform into Stacked Wilds.

This feature offers excitement in the base game and has the potential to deliver players with a much wanted big win.

Lucky Envelope

During any random spin in the base game, the Lucky Envelope can be triggered.

Once active, you will be awarded with an instant Cash Prize of either 8x, 88x, 888x or 8,888x!

When the Lucky Envelope shakes, there is no guarantee’s it will open.

Hold & Win Feature

Landing 5 or more Lanterns in any position on the reels, triggers the Hold & Win Feature.

This feature can also be won in the Dancing Lions Feature Pick.

Once triggered, you will be awarded 3 Respins. During the Hold & Win round, all Lanterns that land on the grid become sticky and will remain in their position for the remainder of Respins. Landing additional Lanterns will reset the Respins counter back to 3.

In addition to this, special Jackpot Prizes can be won during the Respins round.

  • Mini Jackpot – Awards 30x your bet.
  • Minor Jackpot – Awards 100x your bet.
  • Major Jackpot – Awards 500x your bet.
  • Grand Jackpot – Awards 1,000x your bet.

The Hold & Win feature will end when no more Lanterns land on the grid.

Lanterns & Lions Hold & Win Feature

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Free Spins

Landing 3 Scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5, triggers the Dancing Lions Feature Pick. Hidden behind the Dancing Lions is Free Spins and the Hold & Win feature, you may only choose one so pick wisely!

If you happen to pick the Lion with Free Spins behind it, you will be randomly awarded 8, 10 or 12 Free Spins with 25, 50, 75 or 100 additional Wild symbols.

During the Free Spins round, landing 3 Cai Shen Wilds on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, will extend and become Stacked Wilds.

Landing 3 Scatters during Free Spins, will award the initial amount of Free Spins.

Lanterns & Lions Hold & Win Free Spins

Lanterns & Lions: Hold & Win Our Verdict

Lanterns and Lions will ignite something within you if you’ve got an affinity for Chinese Mythology, but overall it’s not the most amazing to come from iSoftBet.

The Hold & Win style of slots seems to be doing very well for iSoftBet of late, because they just keep coming thick and fast. Some are certainly better than others, and we’d say that  Lanterns and Lions is a good one.

It dangles some very alluring prizes in front of you and it’s easy to get engrossed in it while you’re pursuing that major prize. If you’re looking for something innovative though, then you may want to look elsewhere. We can understand how some might think that Lanterns & Lions is a little bit dull, and if things aren’t happening then it certainly can be. You’ll be wanting of those Free Spins if you’re going to see the true potential of Lanterns & Lions, but without it, Lanterns & Lions can lose its allure rather quickly.

Overall, Lanterns & Lions can deliver some great moments when it wants to, but don’t go in expecting a completely new concept from iSoftBet here.