Tue, Oct 9, 4:07am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Lucky Frogs and a ‘Super Feature’ in this Asian Themed Poker Machine
Frogs are considered lucky in Chinese folklore. This beautifully designed live pokie from Aristocrat has a distinctly Asian feel. The graphics and animations are top quality, with gold and red the primary colours. You’ll be happy to hear a gong chime in the bonus game. This means that your win multipliers are on the rise.
Reasons to Jump into the Pond with 5 Frogs
It is not just the stunning design which makes this machine worth a spin, here are the highlights:
You can choose a mystery option in either bonus game – which randomises both the number of spins and the win multipliers.
To trigger the bonus, you need 3 of the brightly coloured silver and gold yin yang symbols. These will take you to a new screen, where you’ll have a choice of how many free spins to take.
Opting for the maximum 25 will get you multipliers of x2, x3 or x5 with a special wild symbol on reel 3. You could choose 20, 15, 23, or 10 free spins instead. Here the multipliers go higher. If you pick 10 spins, you will have a special wild which gives multiplier of 10x, 15x or 40x.
There is a 6th option – pick the ‘mystery choice’. This will give you a randomly selected number of spins, along with randomly selected multipliers. If you get really lucky, you could get 25 spins with those 40x top multipliers – though of course you could end up with the opposite!
When you win with the multiplier wild, a number appears above the reels on the right. This will start off as the lowest available. Each time a gong sounds, it jumps up to the next level.
You can retrigger this bonus, in which case the same option is repeated.
If you trigger this bonus with the special ‘super feature’ scatter on reel 3, then your options are looking much better. You get bigger free spins, and bigger multipliers across all the choices.
Once you pick, you’ll hear a gong chiming. This removes the lowest multipliers from random options. This could be a big boost. For example, if you pick the lowest number of spins, the 10x and 15x could be taken away. That would mean all your spins with the special wild have a 40x multiplier.
You spin for 60 coins and multiples of that amount. That does not mean that 5 Frogs has 60 win-lines. Far from it, this game uses all-ways wins, with 243 combinations crossing the 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols.
Wilds are in play during both the base game and bonus features. These show an elegant golden dragon. They substitute for everything except the bonus (yin yang) symbols.
Gold features heavily in the remaining unique symbols. These include an ingot on a red cushion, some gold coins linked by a red ribbon, pink flowers, a bamboo tree (with gold decorations) and a well, with gold coins scattered around its base.
Remaining symbols show bold coloured playing cards.
5 Frogs is a newer machine, and the production is first class. You’ll find re material around the reels, with complex Asian gold patterns on it. The reels are backed in black – and are enclosed in a simple gold frame.
While you spin, traditional Asian music plays. This is interspersed by gong sounds, and those recognisable winning jingles which all Aristocrat online pokies use.
Symbols are very detailed, they come to life whenever you hit a winning combination. Bonus symbols will glow, grow and then separate. Some of the symbols are oversized, creating a unique look. There is no major design difference in the bonus game. Whichever multiplier wild you chose will have a unique colour.
Compared to older Asian pokies from Aristocrat, 5 Frogs looks stunning. The base game is solid. Reel-power ensures plenty of smaller wins – plus the potential for bigger multi-line hits. It is the bonus feature which once again brings this machine to life. You get to choose (or go for the mystery option) and then get wins with multipliers of up to 40x!