Celebrate the Lunar New Year on the slot from Pragmatic Play. Money Mouse will set off fireworks on a reel party with lucky icons, dancing dragons masks and firecrackers while stacked wild symbols, a Lucky Lantern Respins feature with three fixed jackpots as the main prizes and a Blazin’ Reels Free Spins round will shower you with wins of up to 2,500 times your bet.
Money Mouse is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 25 fixed pay lines. Wins are paid for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Playable on desktop and mobile, the bet sizes range from 0.25 to 125 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.00%.
A traditional Chinese temple entrance decorated for the Lunar New Year festivities serves as the frame for a game window filled with colourful lucky icons such as golden money trees or oranges. The crowds are out to watch the fireworks go off in the background while a typical Asian soundtrack adds to the authenticity. Overall, nothing spectacular but neither too bad.
The pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from J through to A, awarding 2x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by a trio of oranges, drums, bonfire crackers and dragon masks. Hit five on a line to win 8x to 20x your bet. The Money Mouse is the wild symbol, appearing stacked at all times and paying as well 20x your bet for a 5OAK. A golden money tree marked with the word itself is the scatter symbol.
If you ever played Wolf Gold, then you might want to skip right to the end of the review as Money Mouse is an exact clone with an Asian theme to appeal to players in the Far East. The maximum win per spin in the base game peaks at 500x your bet for a full screen of Money Mouse symbols, hence, you will need to rely on the two features – Lucky Lantern Respins and Blazin’ Reels Free Spins – for bigger wins that can go as high as 2,500 times your stake.
Red lantern symbols marked with a random money value from 1x to 25x the total stake can appear on the reels in the base game and free spins. Hitting a minimum of six in one spin will trigger the Lucky Lantern Respin feature where you can win cash prizes and three fixed jackpots. Initially, you will get three respins with the triggering symbols locked in place. The aim is to hit more lantern symbols before you run out of respins. All new lanterns landing will be locked and the counter is reset to three. This continues until you either run out of respins or the entire screen is filled with lantern symbols.
All money values in view are added and paid at the end of the feature. A Midi or Major lantern landing during the respins will award the respective fixed jackpot – 30x for the Midi and 100x for the Major. The two smaller jackpots can be won multiple times in a single round. Filling the entire screen with money symbols will award the Grand Jackpot of 1,000x your total stake.
Scatters landing on reels one, three and five in one spin will trigger five Blazin’ Reels Free Spins., which cannot be retriggered as such but hitting three scatters again during the feature will award +3 free spins. The kicker in the bonus round are the giant symbols. Reels two, three and four are combined and contain only 3×3 mega symbols, providing the potential to score big wins.
So, let’s sit back and look at this again. For Christmas, Pragmatic Play presented us with a Sweet Bonanza Xmas an exact clone of one their most successful slots and then they thought it would be a grand idea to do the same for the Lunar New Year. What is next? Easter Bunny, then Deepavali, there are constant celebrations happening around the world. Will we see all current slots getting a twin themed to the festivities of the month? Cloning is not new in the gaming world and it is not always a bad thing as it gives us more variety, but how far will game developers go to keep a steady stream of releases. Money Mouse did not impress me that much although its sibling Wolf Gold has proven to be very popular with the casino community. Remains to be seen if it can amass the same number of faithfull followers as the original.