All Action Live Pokie Based on the 1983 Film
Films featuring child actors are not always my first pick. A Christmas Story is a bit of a classic. Featuring dark humour, this 1983 film is considered a classic in the genre. Aristocrat have come up with an excellent poker machine themed on this movie. It features clips, plenty of tie-in bonus games and a real yuletide feel!
A Christmas Story is played out on a huge machine, with the screen towering above you topped by a mechanical spinning wheel. Here are the highlights:
Bonus symbols only appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. You need all 3 to enter a picks game which selects one of 4 features. You will see a screen full of wrapped gifts, and simply pick until you match 2.
Other bonus features in the A Christmas Story pokie include:
Sinister Double Dog Dare: This involves the mechanical wheel above the cabinet. It will spin, giving you a cash prize of between 50 and 5000 credits. You then get to pick from 4 icons on the screen. You will either get another spin, a spin with a 3x multiplier or end your bonus. You keep picking, with the number of ‘end bonus’ options increasing each time.
Queen Mother of Dirty Words: This has a tongue in cheek entry video (and soap in mouth at the end), before a free spins game starts. The reels change from 40 win-lines to reel-power. They are in a new format, with 5 symbols on each of 4 reels. You collect wins until you get the cartoon dirty word symbols 3 times on all 4 reels.
Black Bart Bounty: This is picks game. You see burglars, complete with masks, and pick them one at a time. You get credit amounts for each after a gun appears and shoots them. Some say ‘advance’ taking you to a new screen with the burglars in different positions. You can also win extra shots, though if not, the game ends after 6 bullets.
Progressive Picker Wheel: This bonus does not use the mechanical wheel on top of the cabinet. Instead you’ll see a giant wheel taking up the entire screen, which you see from the inside. There are credit amounts and jackpots on this. Sometimes you’ll win two jackpots at once, for example some segments say, ‘major and mini’.
Extra wild symbols can appear on the reels in 3 different animations. My favourite involves Ralphie in a pink bunny suit. He hops from reel to reel, turning up to 3 reels completely wild. Another involves a pack of dogs. They leave dirty plates on the reels, which turn to wilds. Finally, some wood burning fires stack up on the reels – again they are wilds.
On reel 5 you’ll find a special oversized wheel symbol. This needs to land completely within the reels to come into play. You then get a spin of the mechanical wheel, which awards up to 5000 credits.
With all these bonus games, it is easy to forget that regular line wins will be your bread and butter. Some of the symbols are oversized. These include the high paying character symbols, which give you the names of the kids from the movie – along with a picture of them. There is also a huge 4 symbols high lamp, which sits on top of a stocking-wearing mannequin leg!
You’ll have 40 win-lines, and bets go all the way up to $12.50c a spin. Players with smaller bankrolls can start at $1.25c.
Spectacular design is something you’ll have come to expect from the latest Aristocrat pokies. The online pokie A Christmas Story certainly delivers. Clips from the movie appear for the features, and for big wins. Once you have seen them a couple of times, you can tap the ‘skip’ button to get back to the action.
Most impressive for me is the progressive jackpot wheel. This literally turns the entire tall screen into the inside of a bonus wheel.
You’ll hear plenty of tunes, with ‘Come ‘o Ye Faithful’ as the background music for the base game.
I’ll admit to being sceptical when first seeing this pokie. It turns out to be an extremely enjoyable game. There is a ton of action, both in terms of on-reel features and separate bonus games. The Queen Mother of Dirty Words is my favourite. If you avoid swear-words on the reels, you can get plenty of free spins with an all-ways format. Add the shot at big progressive jackpots, and there is certainly no need to wait for Christmas to give this pokie a spin!