This five reel, 1,024 Ways to Win slot from Lightning Box celebrates the power and majesty of the African lion, by day and by the light of the silvery moon. Set in the African savannah and finished with Lightning Box’s usual accomplishment, the Silver Lion Slot is a useful addition to the Aussie studio’s catalogue. Not least because of its Stacked Wilds during the Free Spins bonus round. Watching the Lions bound towards us when they form winning combos is almost heart-stopping – good job this slot isn’t yet in 3D or we are quite likely to spill our Lion Bars.
Though the Lions are obviously the stars of the show and, quite rightly, the game’s top-paying symbols, they are joined as high-paying symbols by some other savannah favourites – Tribal Warrior, Zebra, Hippo and Meerkats. All high paying symbols only require two matching across the game’s 1,024 Ways to Win in order to score winnings, though the more symbols involved in Way Wins the bigger the payouts. 9s through Aces do the honours as our low-paying slot symbols, helping to keep the base game ticking over while we hunt down the Silver Lion Free Spins bonus feature. All game symbols appear stacked during the base game, except the Acacia Tree Wilds. They appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and only come on strong as Stacked Wilds during the Free Spins feature.
Africa is known for its diamond production, so including Diamonds as the game’s lucrative Scatter symbols is a nice touch. Landing three, four or five Scatters launches the Silver Lion Free Spins feature, delivering 8, 15 or 20 free games. If we land two more Scatters during the midst of the Free Spins feature we will extend our bonus joy with an additional 5 free spins. And now, the Tree Wilds that appear as single symbols during the base game appear as Stacked Wilds for the duration of the bonus round.
Each Wild also multiplies our wins x3, so landing a stack of each of them on reels 2, 3 and 4 will bag us a neat x27 multiplier. Landing a full stack of the same symbols – preferably the highest paying Lions – on reel 1 alongside one or several multiplying Stacked Wilds, plus the same stacking combo on reel 5, is sure to snatch us lucrative victory from the jaws of lions.
The sunset styling lets the action unfold before an exotic sky, our animal characters animating in cartoonish fashion. Zebras bray, Hippos yawn, Meerkats chatter. When we launch the bonus game we see the action unfold at night, though, in truth, as long as it results in big wins with multiplying Stacked Wilds, this is always going to be one safari adventure that will live long in the memory.