Wed, Nov 14, 12:50am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 6:37am
Heart Throb is the latest instalment in the hugely popular Lightning Link pokies range. This series of casino pokies was created by Aristocrat. The themes are varied, with a bonus feature known as ‘hold and spin’ connecting the titles.
As the name suggests, the theme of Heart Throb is decidedly romantic. There are doves, hearts, a box of chocolates and glittering diamonds on the reels.
When you get the hold and spin bonus feature, your heart may well be throbbing. This gives you a shot at winning some big progressive jackpots – as well as cash prizes. There is a free spins bonus feature which makes brilliant use of the diamond wild symbols. Here the wilds will double any wins that use them.
The only place you can enjoy Heart Throb is your local casino. This slot has not yet made the jump from the live setting to online. When it does appear, there is a high chance that many online casinos and apps will offer it in free to play mode.
You can enjoy a lot of slots from pokies giant Aristocrat for free online. These include the classic Buffalo pokies, Big Red and 5 Dragons.
Before you hit the spin button you get to choose how many win lines to play for, and what coin size to use for your bets. The reels have the familiar 5 reels, 3 rows of symbols shape. You get to choose from 50 win-lines (at the 1c or 2c coin sizes) or a minimum of 25 at higher coin sizes. Outside of high limit gaming rooms, the top bet is $10 per spin and the smallest bet 50c.
Winning is as simple as lining up 3 of the romance-themed symbols from the left-hand reel on a win-line. Diamonds, which appear on reels 2 through to 5, are a big help. These symbols are wild. This means that they substitute for all the regular symbols to create extra wins. They are also stacked, often covering all 3 spots on one or more reels.
Doves are the highest paying symbol. You’ll see these white birds flap their wins when involved in a win. Next, comes a gift (with a bow), heart-shaped box of chocolates and red rose. Playing card symbols K, Q, J, 10 and 9 in bold colours are used for the smaller wins.
There are two more symbols in play. One is a moon, which can trigger the free spins bonus games. The other is a heart – which is used for the hold and spin bonus game.
There are two special features on the Heart Throb pokies. Lightning Link games all follow the hold and spin bonus + free spins formula. Each game has a slightly different variation on the free spins bonus. For Heart Throb, the wild symbols get multipliers while your free spins bonus is live.
The hold and spin bonus is the same as on all the Lightning Link games. You can win progressive jackpot prizes and cash awards for getting as many of the special heart symbols as possible.
Full Moon symbols trigger the free spins bonus. You need a minimum of 3 to get this feature. You will get a bigger scatter prize for 4 or 5 – though the number of free spins is set at 6 no matter how many bonus symbols trigger it. 5 moons get you 100 times your triggering bet before your free spins start. 4 moons get 15x with 2x for the minimum 3.
Wilds are a regular sight in Heart Throb. They only appear on the last 4 reels, and so can’t make wins on their own. In the free spins bonus, these get a 2x multiplier. The best thing about this is that getting multiplied wins on different reels gives you a big boost.
Wins with 2 wilds in them are 4x the paytable, 3 wilds increase this to 8x and 4 wilds to 16x.
You can retrigger with more of the moon symbols, for 3 extra spins each time. It is also possible to trigger the hold and spin bonus from within the free spins. Unfortunately, these wins are not subjected to any multiplier.
Each of the heart symbols has something written on it. This is either a number – representing a coin win at your current denomination – or the name of a jackpot prize. Any time you hit 6+ hearts on the same spin, you trigger a hold and spin bonus.
Now you get 3 respins. Your objective is to add more hearts to the reels, with the regular symbols now greyed out. Any time you hit an extra heart; your remaining spins reset to 3.
You can win big by hitting the name of one of the lower three jackpots on the reels. The biggest prize of all is the grand jackpot. This is progressive which is linked between all the Lightning Link pokies in a casino. To win this one you need to fill the entire grid of reels with hearts. There is no minimum bet size to be in with a shot at winning the grand.
You’ll need to wait to enjoy Heart Throb (or any other Lightning / Dragon Link Pokies) online. This game is currently exclusively available in brick and mortar casinos.
Lightning link pokies have varied themes. What they have in common is a reel setup (5×3 grid, changeable coin sizes and win lines), and the hold and spin feature. The free spins bonus used in this game can be found in other Lightning Link games. There are enough variations, including reveal symbols, richer reels and giant symbols, that the free spins bonuses stay interesting.
The best thing about the multiplier wilds in the Heart Throb slot is that they work together – potentially giving you a boost of up to 16x on your wins.
Yes. There are two progressives. The ‘Grand’ is shared between all Lightning Link games in a casino. The ‘major’ is machine-specific and has a maximum of $1000. You’ll also find two bonuses (non-progressive jackpots).