Wed, Oct 31, 4:09am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Bring Out the Tiger in You with This Richly Produced Lightning Link Pokie
Bengal is one of the most densely populated areas on Earth. Located at the intersection of India, Bangladesh and the Himalayas – this region is famed for lush jungles, tigers and rubies. Those rubies are used for the exciting Hold N Spin feature on Aristocrat’s Bengal Treasure poker machine. You’ll also find the Taj Mahal on the reels. This iconic building is not actually located in Bengal – though it certainly adds to the richness of the theme.
This game is available in two different formats. The game play is the same, with jackpot setups specific to the range:
Here are the key features which make Bengal Treasures well worth a spin:
This bonus feature is what connects the many different themes of the Lightning Link and Lightning Cash online pokies. It is triggered when you hit 6 rubies – which show cash amounts or jackpot bonuses – in a single spin.
Regular symbols don’t play a role in this bonus, it is all rubies. You are given 3 free spins to collect more. This resets to 3 each time you hit one or more extra rubies.
The cash amounts shown on the gems are yours at the end of this feature. They are multiplied by the denomination you chose for the triggering spin. As well as cash amounts, you can win jackpots. These are the same ruby design, with mini bonus, minor bonus or major bonus on them.
There is a huge incentive for filling all 15 positions on the reels. While this will only happen rarely, you get the big grand jackpot if it does.
Taj Mahal symbols are scatters. They trigger the free spins when you get 3 of this iconic building anywhere on the reels.
Exotic Indian music plays while you spin – though this is not the main reason this free spins bonus is worth hitting. That is the ‘reveal’ symbols, which show an ornate doorway. There are a lot of these on the reels, coming in long strips.
When the spin ends, the doors instantly open. They reveal a symbol at random (including wilds or rubies). With a little luck, these will match the other symbols on the reels. There is plenty of potential to cover most or even all of the reels with the same symbol here. This can lead to some huge line prizes. You can retrigger for 3 more spins each time you hit 3 Taj Mahals.
All of the Lightning Link / Cash pokies have the same setup. There are 5 reels, 3 rows of symbols on each and a choice of either 25 or 50 win-lines. You also get to select your coin-size from a touch-screen menu. You can play for 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c per line. If you want to spice things up, you can also add a bet multiplier.
A tiger facing you from the reels is the wild symbol. This will substitute for the regular symbols to create more wins. – and roar when it does so. Those include a lot of iconic Bengali references. There is an elephant (Indian of course!), cobra, guy with a jewel-encrusted turban and a peacock.
Playing card symbols make up your smaller and more regular wins.
You’ll see a beautiful scene featuring the Taj Mahal above the reels. There are plenty of animations for wins, and Indian music for your free spins. While not quite immersive, Aristocrat has done a great job of brining this theme to life.
I love the rubies for the Hold N Spin – though the lightning effects are impressive in this bonus game – they don’t exactly fit with the theme!
This is another beautifully produced addition to the Lightning Link range of pokies – and well worth a spin. This game uses the reveal feature for your free spins, giving you a chance at covering the reels with matching symbols. You never know when the rubies will appear – giving you a shot at the big jackpots from the Hold N Spin feature.