Tue, Oct 9, 1:20am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:36pm
Reveal Matching Symbols in the Free Spins Bonus Game
At first glance, you might think Autumn Moon was just another in the long list of Asian themed Aristocrat pokies. Once you start to play, you’ll find a lot of depth to this game. Autumn Moon pokies are part of the Dragon Link / Dragon Cash series. This is a subset of Asian themed Lightning Link slots – with a ‘Hold N Spin’ jackpot feature shared between them. There is also a unique free spins game, where door symbols open to reveal a random replacement.
No need to wait until Autumn to enjoy this poker machine – here is a list of the features:
Hold N Spin has proven to be a big hit among Aristocrat fans over the last few years. Once you enjoy the combination of simplicity and big-win potential from this feature – I’m sure you will agree.
When you first spin the reels, you will see dragon balls, animated balls of fire with cash amounts or the name of the jackpots on them. For most spins, you’ll see between 1 and 3 on the reels.
You need to hit 6 of these anywhere on the reels to trigger the special feature. The entire screen will be covered in flames, and when the reels return there are no regular symbols showing. You are now given 3 spins to add to the number of cash awards on the reels. Each time you hit one or more, you start fresh with 3 more spins.
The idea is to cover as many spots as you can with balls. There is a huge incentive to do this. If you cover all 15 spots, you win the biggest progressive jackpot. 3 other jackpots can also be won – this time you’ll need to hit a ball with the name of that prize on it.
Fire returns when you run out of spins. This shoots up in succession from each of the cash or jackpot wins, snaking around a box at the top of the reels.
In addition to having a shared feature, each Dragon Link / Cash pokie has a distinctive free spins bonus. This one is triggered by 3+ moon symbols appearing anywhere on the reels. You get 6 free spins, alongside a scatter win.
During these spins you will see a new symbol, a curved door in red and green. This appears stacked on all reels – and will sometimes cover large parts of the 5×3 grid. When the reels stop, a gong sounds, and all the doors open – revealing a symbol at random. This could be one of the lower paying playing card symbols, a wild, or even the dragon ball cash awards. You would then trigger the Hold N Spin feature from within the free games.
Another common feature with the Lightning Link / Dragon Link pokies is a choice of denomination. You can select 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c coins – and then choose between 25 and 50 win-lines. To make things even more flexible, bet multipliers can be added too.
An Asian lady in traditional dress is the wild symbol. This is stacked, and will appear covering all 3 rows on a reel frequently. When involved in a win, the animation shows her full-length, instead of just a portrait. Other symbols all relate to the important harvest period in Asia. There are fans, rabbits, musical instruments and a clay tablet – alongside the usual playing card symbols.
You can find Dragon Link pokies in NSW and the Capital, Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory.The Dragon version has a shared progressive jackpot. The ‘Cash’ version has stand-alone jackpots, and is available in Southern Australia, as well as the states above.
If it were not for the linked jackpots displayed above the reels, Autumn Moon would look like many other Asian themed Aristocrat pokies. A lady in traditional costume stares serenely at you from above the reels. On the reels the symbols a smart, though not especially distinctive.
This game springs to life during the Hold N Spin bonus. You’ll hear a traditional tune, and plenty of dramatic sounds. Listen out for the cash register effect when you win a bigger prize!
If you enjoyed the other Dragon Link pokies, then this game is certainly worth a look. Many of the features, including the stacked wilds and Hold and Spin bonus, are shared between several slots. The unique feature this time around is the ‘reveal’ bonus in during the free spins games.