Lion's Hoard: Slot Overview
Step into a unique world of cashed-up lions with developer Red Tiger in their slot, Lion's Hoard, a game focused on grabbing precious metals from dangerous African wildlife. In some ways, Lion's Hoard could be considered a little one dimensional since there are no free spins or bonus rounds to trigger. However, Lion's Hoard has an interesting base game collection scheme that leads to Diamond Reels, Mystery Stones, Reel Multipliers, and Super Wilds.
We're kind of used to the dense, blinged out, metallic infused look when firing up a Red Tiger slot, and Lion's Hoard takes this to the extreme. The 5-reel, 20-payline game grid looks like a monument made of gold ore, covered in precious stones, while the floor is littered in gold coins like a dragon's lair. No dragon guards this hoard, though. Instead, getting past lions is the name of the game, and while they aren't actively part of the gameplay, four of them sit on top of the grid, collecting White Diamond Scatters to trigger bonus features. It's almost as if the MGM Lion in Vegas has come to life, in an ostentatious display of dangerous wealth.
Stake ranges in Red Tiger slots are often a good indicator of how high potential will be, and Lion's Hoard is another example. Here players will find bets can be set as low as 10 p/c or as high as £/€10 per spin. The default RTP is the regular figure of 95.77%, while volatility hovers around medium/high. There is an all or nothing air about Lion's Hoard since line wins on their own are low, but if you can get Reel Multipliers multiplying each other, it becomes a different story.
Winning combinations occur when at least three matching symbols fall across one of the 20 paylines, starting from the first reel. More bling turns up in the pay symbols, starting with the low paying clubs, diamonds, hearts and spades, which are worth up to 1.8 times the stake for a line of five. Moving on, we find rings, swords, shields, helms, and crowns as the premium symbols. Landing a five symbol combination of the latter lot is worth a payout of 2.1 to 5 times the stake. No standalone wild symbol makes its way into the game, though wild reels flash up when certain features trigger.
Lion's Hoard: Slot Features
Lion's Hoard has been built around a scatter collection mechanic that triggers the rest of the features. One of the collectables is White Diamond Scatters, which land on all reels except the middle one. Multiple White Diamond Scatters can land on the same reel and also on top of Mystery Stones or Super Wilds. Sitting above each of the four applicable reels is a 4-socket meter. Each game begins with 2 sockets already prefilled with diamonds at each bet level.
When all sockets are filled, the respective reel turns into a Diamond Reel, which contains only locked Mystery Stones in place of regular symbols. On the next spin, Mystery Stones all reveal the same matching random symbol, and on each spin after that until eventually participating in a win.
If more than 4 White Diamond Symbols are collected in a sequence to trigger a Diamond Reel, each additional scatter increases its respective Reel Multiplier by 1. This multiplier applies to all lines in which symbols from that reel are a part of. If more than 1 Reel Multiplier participates in the same line win, the values multiply each other up to a maximum of x96.
Landing only on the middle reel are Blue Diamond Scatters. If one of these helpful symbols hits, it instantly fills all Diamond Sockets on the reels. If sockets were already filled, it increases the Reel Multipliers by 1.
One final feature is the Super Wild, a 1x4 sized wild that can only be produced by Mystery Stones. If the Mystery Stones reveal 4 smaller wild symbols, they merge to form one big wild reel, which stays in place until it is used in a win line.
Lion's Hoard: Slot Verdict
It can sometimes be easy to dismiss Red Tiger bling slots before giving them a real go, thereby taking for granted how good some of them actually look. Lion's Hoard makes a positive impression from the moment it loads, when the game grid drifts up out of a sea of gold coins, covered in slabs of more gold, to satisfying booming sound effects. Not to get too materialistic, but the sheer weight of all that gold kind of got us in the mood to see what the game would do next.
Lion's Hoard has the ability to pull off some excellent gaming, with so much combined multiplying power on tap, though it didn't create many mythic moments during the review. The strategically placed non-Diamond Reel in the middle does a very effective job of preventing the game from really cutting loose. Not always, of course, sometimes Diamond Reels connect some nice wins, and the fact Mystery Stones stay in place until they are used is a welcome touch.
It takes a lot of separate moving parts to increase low line wins into something spectacular, but it is a fun process to go through. Should the stars align and the features do what they are built to do, wins as high as 8,160 times the stake are technically possible. Since a theoretical full screen of crowns would be worth a trifling 100x the bet, players will need some epic multiplier on multiplier action to get close to the max win.
In many ways, Lion's Hoard is a classic example of the kind of slots Red Tiger excels at making. The features are capable of performing, and the audio-visuals produce the sort of atmosphere that's just the thing if you're in the mood for the dimly lit, chrome and velvet gentleman's club feel Red Tiger does well.
Lion’s Hoard is an attractive slot that can produce big numbers, though its base game only features can be very hit or miss.