Wed, Oct 31, 4:09am by William Brown
Last Updated Fri, May 15, 3:21am
Aristocrat has become ever more inventive with pokie titles in their Lightning Link range. The theme for Bengal Treasures includes the Taj Mahal, a beautiful Bengal tiger and glittering rubies. While the Indian theme is unique, many aspects of the gameplay will be familiar to fans of the Lightning Link pokies.
There are a hold and spin bonus game. This uses rubies with cash wins and names of jackpots on them. Filling the entire set of reels will trigger the biggest progressive jackpot of the 4 available. There is also a free spins bonus which uses the ‘reveal symbol’ system. This has been used in many slots in this range, including Wild Chuco and the Dragon Link Autumn Festival game.
You won’t find Bengal treasures in online casinos – either in real money or free to play format. This game is exclusively for live casinos for now. With Lightning Link attracting so many players in the live setting, you’ll need to wait for the games to move online.
While you won’t yet be able to play Bengal Treasures for free, there are plenty of excellent alternatives available. These include games from Aristocrat, Microgaming, IGT and many other pokie designers.
Bengal Treasures has a 3×5 grid of reels. The number of win-lines depends on your coin size. If you bet the smallest amount (1c per line) you’ll spin on a minimum of 50 win-lines. Upping your denomination to 10c per line means you can spin over 25 lines. At $1 and $2 denomination, you can select 5 win-lines.
An Indian prince with a huge white turban is the top paying symbol. This is also the only symbol which only requires 2 from the left-hand side to trigger a win. All other symbols need a minimum of 3. Joining the prince as high paying symbols are an elephant, peacock and a cobra. Playing cards kings down to nines are used for smaller wins.
A symbol showing the striking full face of a tiger is a wild. This only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. It substitutes for any of the regular symbols above. These will often cover one or more entire reels. This gives you a shot at triggering prizes on up to 50 win-lines in the same spin. The tiger symbols don’t substitute for the Taj Mahal bonus symbols, or the ruby hold and spin symbols.
Stacked wild symbols certainly add some excitement to the base game in Bengal Treasures. The main attractions for this game are the two special bonus features.
The first is a free spins game, which is triggered by hitting 3+ of the Taj Mahal scatters. This uses the popular reveal symbol system. You can potentially cover all 5 reels in the same (randomly selected) symbol in this feature.
Second is the hold and spin bonus which all the Lightning Link and Dragon Link pokies have in common. This bonus has progressive jackpot potential at every bet size. You can also win the jackpots at random after any spin that includes at least one of the ruby symbols.
Taj Mahal symbols are eye-catching. They show the famous white-domed temple against a night sky. You need at least 3 to trigger the free spins bonus. They can appear anywhere on the reels. You get scatter prizes of 2x, 15x or 100x your total bet for 3, 4 or 5 of them. However many appear, you’ll receive 8 free spins.
Reveal symbols are hidden behind ornate doors which appear in long strips on the reels. They will sometimes cover several reels. When the reels stop, all the doors open at the same time. A symbol picked at random is revealed. This can be a winning symbol, wild tigers or even rubies for the hold and spin bonus.
You can retrigger for extra spins by hitting 3+ bonus symbols.
Gems work brilliantly for the hold and spin. These are red rubies, each with a number (showing how many coins you won) or the name of one of the three smallest jackpots on it. If you hit 6+ rubies in either the base game or free spins bonus, then you’ll trigger the exciting hold and spin bonus.
Only the rubies are involved in this bonus game. The other symbols are still visible, greyed out in the background. Your objective is to cover the entire set of reels in rubies. This wins you every prize shown, and the grand progressive jackpot too.
Most of the time you’ll spin the reels and keep adding rubies for a while. Each time you get a new one, your free spins reset to 3 again. The bonus ends when you spin 3 times without adding more prizes.
The biggest jackpot is linked between the different Lightning Link pokies in each casino. When this is won, it resets to $10,000 and goes up from there. The next biggest jackpot is also progressive. Major jackpots are machine-specific and stop increasing once they reach $1000.
Two other bonuses (the mini and minor) will change depending on how big a coin size you select. They are fixed bonuses, not progressives.
Wilds are an important part of the base game in Aristocrat’s Bengal Treasures. They appear in long strips on reels 2 through 5 – often covering entire reels when the spinning stops. These symbols substitute for the other regular symbols, often creating multiple wins. You’ll see and hear the tigers roar to celebrate your win.
Not at the moment. These slots are popular at live casinos. Aristocrat has many games online, though have shown a tendency to wait until new titles are available in live casinos first. With more and more pokies available online, these games are expected to become available soon.
This game has distinctive symbols and would be perfect for mobile phones. As with the desktop options, we will have to wait for this game to become available.
Yes. There is a free spins bonus which uses special reveal symbols. You can also trigger a hold and spin bonus. This lets you win both the fixed and progressive jackpots – as well as cash prizes.