9 Lions is a 3x3 Chinese-themed slot game by Wazdan, released in September 2018. The game offers interesting game mechanics where symbols from the previous spin can be held, which greatly increases the chances of winning on the next spin!
9 Lions is different than most slots. It is played on a 3x3 grid with 9 symbols, and the game pays for landing at least 4 of the same symbol, up to 9, so there are no paylines as such, and there are 11 symbols in the paytable. There is no single symbol that would stand out with a huge reward, and there are also no worthless symbols. The prize for landing 4 of the same symbol ranges from 1x to 15x your bet, while the prize for landing a full board of the same symbol ranges from 15x to 500x your bet.
After every spin, the player may choose to start a new spin or to hold some of the symbols from the previous spin. Some symbols will be highlighted as held automatically, though the player way unselect these symbols and proceed with a whole new spin. The player can therefore affect this game greatly, and decisions matter a lot.
The main bonus feature in the game is the Lions Bonus. Every time a Lion symbol lands on the reels, it is collected in its respective position, and when all nine positions are full of collected Lion symbols, the next time you land three Lions you'll trigger 9 free spins. Those Lions will remain blocked, and will be joined by any other Lions that land during the free spins. If there are at least four Lions on the reels at the end of the feature, a prize will be awarded.
Dragons Bonus is a bonus feature that's triggered when you land three Dragon symbols, one on each reel. The player may then choose from one of the three Dragon icons to reveal a cash prize.
Theoretical return to player of 9 Lions isn't publicly revealed, but one thing that is not only revealed but at the control of the player is the game's volatility. The player can choose to play with Low, Standard or High volatility settings.
Chinese-themed slots are expected to do things in a certain way and offer lots or red and gold, which can sometimes pose a problem for designers. 9 Lions designed this theme in a great way and this is arguably the best looking slot game of the genre. All the symbols are meticulously drawn in high definition and vivid colors, the background is offering a welcome relief from all the red and gold, and sound effects are good. Animations are impressive as well. All this combines into a pleasant experience for the player.
9 Lions is an innovative slot game with a nice theme and interesting game mechanics, so it deserves a few spins. Wazdan slots can be found in about a dozen casinos including SlotsMillion, Omni Slots, Energy Casino, Vbet Casino and Lady Lucks Casino.