Wed, Nov 14, 12:49am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Win Big with Hold N Spin in this Asian Themed Lightning Link Pokie
Happy Lantern was one of the original ‘Lightning Link’ pokies – a format which has taken Australia by storm. This poker machine has a distinctly Asian flavour. An impressive emperor is the key symbol, replacing all the others as the wild. You can win progressive jackpots which are either linked between other machines – or stand alone in the form of Lightning Cash versions.
Each of the Lightning Link pokies has its own variations – as well as the Hold N Spin games which are shared across them all. Here is what to look out for:
Along with the regular winning symbols, you’ll find circles with cash awards on them. These appear on most spins. To trigger the Hold N Spin bonus, you need 6 to appear on the same spin.
Each one will show a number, which gets multiplied by the denomination you are spinning for. There are also special symbols which show one of 3 progressive jackpots (the mini, minor and major). Those jackpot totals are different depending on how much you spin for.
Next, the special symbols lock in place, and each of the other symbols spins independently. You have 3 spins to collect more special symbols. Each time you hit one, your free spins revert to 3. What you are aiming for is to cover all 15 places on the 5×3 grid of reels with these symbols. If you do this, you will win the biggest (grand) jackpot.
After your spins run out you see a sequence where lighting jumps up from the reels, adding up your wins in a box above them. If your win is big enough, you will then see the classic Aristocrat coin fountain – along with that familiar circus type tune.
The lanterns from the title of this pokie appear on the reels as scatter symbols. If you get 3 or more anywhere on the reels, you will see two distinctive dancing Chinese dragons. You simply need to select one. This will award either a Hold N Spin feature, or a free spins bonus round.
If you get the free spins, you will be awarded a number of spins at random – plus a random number of wilds added to the reels. I have seen up to 200 extra wilds, giving you plenty of big win potential!
The special cash and jackpot symbols are on the reels during your free games, so you can trigger the Hold and Spin bonus from within this feature.
All the Lightning and Cash Link pokies give you a choice of coin size before you begin spinning. You can choose 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c per line – and then select either 25 or 50 win-lines. You can also bet more than one coin per line.
Reels are in a standard 5×3 configuration. The Asian emperor is the key symbol, this is wild (replacing everything except for the scattered lantern and cash symbols). It also appears stacked on the reels. If you win with stacks, they expand to show the emperor standing up while your prize is counted.
Other unique symbols include firecrackers, a waving cat statue, a turtle and a red envelope scattering gold coins. The standard bold coloured playing card symbols make up your smaller wins.
Happy Lantern Lightning Link can be found in New South Wales and the Capital, Queensland and Victoria. For the Lightning Cash version, you can play in Southern Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania too.
Some design features are shared between all the Lightning Link and Lightning cash games – while others are unique to this title. The background design is distinctive yellow, decorated with boldly coloured Chinese lanterns. Symbols look similar to many Asian themed Aristocrat pokies, though are all well designed.
The most striking animation happens when you trigger the feature. You will see two amazing coloured dragons, dancing side-by side here. I also like the fork lightning effect when the total is counted up after your Hold and Spin Bonus.
Lightning link has taken off, and Happy Lantern was one of the original 4 titles. It combines an excellent bonus feature with a solid and colourful Asian themed slot. With extra wilds on the reels for the free spins feature – the Hold and Spin bonus is just one way that you can win big with this new pokie.