Lightning Leopard Slot
Lightning Leopard is a May 2019 video slot release from Lightning Box Games. This wild animal-themed slot is highly volatile and offers a familiar set of features including four jackpots which pay
up to 6,250x your stake. Although this is technically a new release from Lightning Box, its similarity to last year’s Lightning Horseman is uncanny, and any fans of that particular slot probably need not read on any further as you’ll know exactly what is to follow.
This slot plays off a 5x3 reel set, comes with 40 paylines, and has a published RTP of 95.52%. Apart from the jackpots, the big wins from this slot come from a symbol triggered lightning respins round which awards random cash prizes.
Lightning Leopard is available to play at participating casinos from €0.20 to €50 a spin.
Design and Symbols
For a 2019 slot, the design leaves a lot to be desired. Lightning box is a good 10 years behind the curve here. It’s not that the visuals are offensively bad; they are just lazy and unimaginative. The
background is an early evening static scene depicting snow-covered rocky outcrops intersected by a winding pathway. To the right of the game, board are four panels showing the four jackpots (Mini, Minor, Major, and Grand). The gameboard sits front and centre, frames with an ice-blue border. The reels have a dark, translucent background with the background scenery clearly visible.
The low-value symbols are the standard royal card values J, Q, K, and A. The higher value symbols comprise snowflakes, huskies, mountain goats, brown bears, and a Native American woman. The
woman is the most valuable of the standard symbols with 5 of a kind awarding 7.5x the bet size. The titular Leopard is not only the wild symbol but also the highest paying symbol of all, with 5 on a pay line worth 15x the bet size. There is also a scatter symbol which appears as a lightning bolt on a blue background.
The main feature for Lightning Leopard is the lightning respin round which is triggered by the lightning bolt scatters. As previously mentioned there are also four jackpots which can be randomly
activated during the lightning respins. Lightning Respins Lightning respins are triggered by landing anywhere between 6 and 13 lightning bolts. The initial award is 3 respins. Lightning bolts already on the board remain in place and the aim of the respins is to add further bolts. Whenever a new bolt lands the respins will automatic reset to 3. The round ends if the board is filled with 15 lightning bolts or if the respins play out without any new bolts landing. At the completion of the respins every lightning bolt symbol will flip over individually to reveal a cash prize. If all 15 lightning bolts land during the bonus round to fill the board then each cash value will be added to the prize total and a ‘Flippin’ Retrigger is activated’ which effectively starts the bonus round all over again.
As well as cash prizes, a lightning bolt flipped during lightning respins might also reveal one of the four jackpots. The four jackpots are the Mini (2.5x the bet size), Minor (25x the bet size), Major (125x the bet size), and Grand (1,250x the bet size). Every jackpot other than Grand can be won multiple times during the respins or the flippin’ retrigger. The Grand Jackpot can only be one once during this time and is the biggest win available on Lightning Leopard.
Our Thoughts on Lightning Leopard
As with Lightning Horseman before it, Lightning Leopard is currently proving to be Lightning Box’s most popular slot. For 2019, however, this slot is a pretty shoddy effort, especially considering it is identical to last year’s Lightning Horseman in every way apart from the background artwork and a few of the symbols. Cloning a popular slot in itself is not a new thing – just think of all the other developers who cloned (and continue to clone) Greentube’s “Book of Ra”. However, when a developer clones their own slot less than a year after its release then it seems more than a little lazy. As to the game itself; although the lightning respins deliver on a fairly regular basis, the base game wins are rarely anything to get excited about. As such you’re basically only playing to get into the feature which makes for a tedious experience as a player. The main positive here is the games’ potential with a win of 6,250x the stake a possibility. This is a simple high variance slot with a decent bonus round. If that’s your thing then it might be worth a punt but other than that I’m not seeing much here to recommend Lightning Leopard.