Mon, Dec 24, 4:20am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:30pm
Win Multiple Reels in the Progressive Free Spins Bonus Game
As Asian themed Aristocrat pokies go, Fortune Firecracker has a lighter and more humorous feel than many titles. A cheeky monkey (which is also a wild symbol) is the central symbol. He is holding a big stack of gold coins and has a big grin. You’ll also find the firecrackers from the title on the reels. These are bonus symbols – and getting 3+ will really bring this game to life.
Ways That This Pokie Can Win you a Fortune
Compared to some games, the base game is plain. Things get interesting fast when you trigger the main bonus feature. Here are the highlights:
This is not the first Aristocrat poker machine to have a free spins bonus where you earn multiple reel sets. The best-known game with a similar feature is the Mexican themed ‘More Chili’.
To trigger this bonus, you need to hit the firecracker bonus symbols. These will fizzle, though the explosion of wins only comes when you get 3 or more in view. You get a small scatter win of 2x your total bet, and 15 free spins on top.
There is a big change when the free spins start. Instead of a single 5×3 grid of reels, you’ll play 2 of them side-by-side. Each spin is at the same stake as the triggering spin – giving you double the chances of winning.
During both the base game and free spins, you’ll find stacked symbols showing red envelopes. These do nothing (except get in the way) during the base game. In the free spins, you collect these symbols, with a chance to add more reels.
Once you collect 9, the money appears, saying ‘Fu Shang Fu’, before a 3rd reel set is added. In addition, the 5th reel of all 3 sets is wild for your remaining spins. If you collect 14 envelopes, things get even more interesting. After the monkey appears again, you get 4 sets of reels, with reels 4 and 5 wild.
If you then get 30 envelopes in total, you’ll have 3 wild reels. This will usually require retriggers and can lead to some huge wins.
Compared to the intensity of the free spins bonus – the base game is standard for Aristocrat pokies. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols. 20 win-lines cross this grid. Bets start low, with 1c per line (and multiples of this) possible.
Monkey wilds are a welcome sight on the reels. These connect winning symbols (though as usual will not replace the scatters). Monkey symbols also have the biggest line win, which is 2,000 coins for 5 of a kind. There is no wild win multiplier this time.
Three gold coins, with square holes, joined by a red ribbon come next on the pay table. These are worth 1000 coins for the maximum 5. Asian finger symbols, fruits with gold coins between them, a drum and some familiar red lanterns complete the line up of unique symbols.
Fans of Aristocrat pokies will of course instantly recognise the filler / lower paying symbols – these are brightly coloured playing cards.
You will see a lot of the red envelope symbols on the reels. These only come into play during the free spins bonus feature.
Around the reels are a lot of red lanterns. These are floating serenely into the sky, with a landscape view behind. On the white reels, the symbols are bold and bright – though not detailed. Having a grinning monkey as the key symbol adds a light-hearted feel to this pokie. This contrasts with the many more serious Asian slots from Aristocrat, which usually involve either dragons or gold.
During the free spins bonus, the intensity rises with the extra reels and small animations when you collect the envelopes. The appearance of a large monkey as you add reels is a fun diversion. Sounds are classic Aristocrat, with beeps and jingles for different sized wins.
This is a mix of a solid (though standard) base game and intensive free spins bonus. Without the ability to add extra sets of reels and stacked wilds in the bonus game, this game would be easy to pass up. With the opportunity to get 4 sets of reels, each with 3 wild reels, it give you plenty of opportunity for some huge wins.