Thu, Nov 1, 3:25am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 1:47am
Happy and Prosperous is part of the Asian-themed ‘Dragon Link’ series of pokies from Aristocrat. When you win with the golden Buddha symbols, there is a hearty laugh sound effect. This is the wild symbol – and will often connect wins. Joining Buddha on the reels is an ornate bell, lotus flower and a jade ring.
Gameplay follows the other Dragon Link pokies closely. There is a hold and spin bonus. You can win progressive jackpots from this, as well as cash prizes. There is also a free spins bonus which sees all the lower-paying (playing card) symbols removed from the reels.
You’ll have a wide choice of how many win lines and what coin size to play. The stunning effects from the fireballs at the end of the hold and spin feature light up the reels in flames.
This game has yet to make the move from brick and mortar casinos to online casinos. This means you’ll need to bet real money to enjoy it. If you are a fan of Aristocrat pokies, there are many titles available at online casinos in free to play / demo mode.
Before you hit the spin button on Happy and Prosperous, you have two simple decisions to make. First, you need to choose a coin size. In most casinos, the range is 1c per line up to $2 per line. You might find high-limit casinos with bigger denominations.
Second, you choose how many win-lines. The minimum decreases as your coin size increases. At 1c per line, the minimum is 50 lines. These lines cross a regular 5 reel, 3-row reel configuration.
You’ll want to see the imposing figure of the golden Buddha on the reels as often as possible. This is the wild symbol. It comes stacked on reels 2 through 5. When it covers all 3 spots the graphic will expand, showing a single laughing figure. Buddha will replace the regular symbols to create wins – though does not replace the pot scatter or fireball symbols.
3 symbols from the left are needed to trigger a win. High paying symbols include a bell, jade ring, pile of gold coins and flower.
As part of the Dragon Link pokies range, the key feature on Happy and Prosperous is the hold and spin bonus. This gives you a shot at one of 4 jackpot prizes. There is also a regular free spins bonus. This is short, though you get a much bigger chance of hitting high-paying wins to balance this.
As well as the regular symbols, you’ll see fireballs land on the reels during both the base game and the free spins. These look like suns, with flames flickering around them. Each has either a number or a word on it. Words relate to the jackpots, and numbers are your wins in coins.
To benefit from these fireballs, you need 6 or more to hit on the same spin. This triggers a bonus game which involves only fireball symbols. You now get 3 spins to add more balls to the screen. Each time you hit one, the number of spins resets to 3. You keep spinning until you run out of spins (or have filled the entire screen).
At the end of the feature, each of the fireballs becomes animated in turn, adding its total to a counter above the reels.
Hitting 3 or more red pots anywhere on the reels triggers the Happy and Prosperous free spins bonus. You’ll also get a scatter prize of up to 100x your triggering bet if you hit all 5.
6 free spins may seem on the low side compared to some pokies. What this Dragon Link game lacks in volume, it makes up for in quality. All the lower-paying (playing card) symbols are removed from the reels during this bonus. This makes it easier to hit wins with the higher paying unique symbols.
You can trigger the hold and spin bonus more easily during the free spins too. Hitting 3+ pots will retrigger for 3 more free spins each time.
Buddha symbols play a big role in the Happy and Prosperous slot machines. It is more than just the deep, booming laugh sound effects you’ll enjoy. Buddha symbols are common – and can cover all 3 spots on all the reels 2-5 if you get lucky. They also replace all the regular symbols to create wins. This includes the high-paying unique symbols and the playing card fillers. The only symbols not replaced are the fireballs and scattered red pots.
Other than these wild symbols, there are no other on-reel features.
This game is part of the portfolio of Australian gambling giant Aristocrat. It is part of the Dragon Link range of games. Other Dragon Link pokies include Autumn Moon, Genghis Kahn and Panda Magic.
Not yet. This pokie has not made the transition to online/mobile casino play just yet. Aristocrat does adapt their games for online casino use, and you’ll find many of their classic titles available online.
Dragon Link pokies have linked progressives. The same titles are available as ‘Dragon Cash’ games, which have smaller stand-alone progressives. Link grand jackpots are seeded at $10,000 – and are usually won before hitting $20,000.
Major jackpots top out at $1000. These are easier to trigger, and so are often won before this. Minor and Mini jackpots are a fixed amount. The mini is set at 1000x your coin size, with the minor 5000x. This means at 1c the mini is $10, and at 10c the minor is $500.
Yes, triggering the bonus with 3+ red pots gives you 6 free spins. During this bonus, the lower-paying symbols are removed from the reels.
You’ll find this game in brick and mortar casinos around the country. Look out for the distinctive Dragon Link logo and banner. You will often find Happy and Prosperous in a bank of several different Dragon Link pokie titles.