Tue, Jun 19, 11:38pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:49pm
An Australian Outback Themed Pokie Where the Kangaroo is King
Head to any casino, whether online or live, and you’ll find a whole host of nature or wildlife themed poker machines. However, within these games, you won’t find many with an Australian theme. This is where Aussie based developers Aristocrat have stepped up, introducing this game featuring creatures such as a dingo, a warthog, an eagle and a crocodile. It’s ‘Big Red’ itself, a Kangaroo, which takes centre stage.
What Sets this Aussie Themed Pokie Apart?
Big Red himself is the key symbol in this game, giving the pokie quite a unique set up. Unusually, this wild symbol also activates the bonus feature – any time you land a win with the wild, you’ll then enter the free spins feature. A fantastic double boost which you simply don’t find at any other pokie. Throw in some nice four figure wins too, as well more spins for your cash, there are many reasons to take a trip to the outback.
The Kangaroo in the game, Big Red, is the wild and will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. This wild appears on reels 3, 4 and 5 only, potentially aiding in winning those large 4 or 5 in a row wins.
Any time you land a win with the wild Kangaroo included you’ll win five free spins. In fact, you’ll have five spins for each win during a spin, meaning a single wild enabling two wins will award you with 10 free spins.
During the free spins, any time you land an additional ‘wild’ the feature will be retriggered, with the number of spins won simply added to the existing spins.
A silhouette of a tree against the orange of the setting sun acts as the scatter symbol. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 2x, 5x, 20x or 50x your total stake. These regular wins are always on hand to give your bankroll a boost and offer further variety in this gambling machine.
Like many real money pokies today, Big Red features the familiar 5×3 reel configuration. What is slightly different is the low number of win lines at just 5. Players who like all-action slots might be disappointed by this, but other players who like to enjoy more spins for their cash will certainly be on board. The win lines are easy to memorise too – unlike slots with 20 or more lines.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the crocodile, who seems more than happy to show anyone its teeth. Land five crocodiles in a row and you’ll win 1,250 coins. A second four-figure win is yours when you land five warthogs in a row, with exactly 1,000 coins heading your way. Each of these symbols pay out when you hit just a single symbol on reel one, which awards you with some nice unexpected wins.
An eagle, with its beady eye looking up into the sky is next on the pay table, worth 600 coins. The final themed symbol is a dingo, which pays 400 coins.
The lower end of the pay table is filled with the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q and K. The top prize for the King and Queen is 300 coins, the Jack pays 250 coins, while the 9 and 10 are worth 150 coins.
While the central character of the slot is called ‘Big Red’ the colour scheme of this Aristocrat design is ‘dark red’. The red dust of the outback fills the screen, with rocks and bushy grass in the foreground and large rock outcrops in the distance. While the symbols are nicely designed and add colour to the reels, this pokie does have a slightly dated feel. Nevertheless, the originality of the theme will have great appeal, while the upbeat jingles of the soundtrack add energy.
At first glance, a five-reel poker machine featuring just five win-lines wouldn’t necessarily rank too high when it comes to excitement. However, this game is surprisingly good. Having a wild symbol which also activates the free spins feature gives the game a unique format – effectively giving you two awards for the price of one. Land the wild in the right place and you could win much more than the minimum five spins too. Big Red will certainly become your favourite Kangaroo.