Wed, Oct 31, 4:07am by William Brown
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A Vegas Themed Pokie with Big Symbol Bonus Games
There is no need to go to Las Vegas to get that high-roller feeling. You can now do it from home, with this Vegas themed Lightning Link / Cash gambling machine from Aristocrat. You will find linked jackpots in the ‘Link’ version, and stand-alone progressives in the ‘Lightning Cash’ variation.
On the reels you’ll find showgirls, a royal flush and roulette wheels – along with golden suitcases filled with cash. Here are the highlights:
Casino chips with black and white edges appear on the reels on many spins. These are the key symbols for the Hold N Spin bonus. You need 6 to appear at once for the Las Vegas show to begin. This feature is shared between the different Lightning Link pokies – and can result in some very big wins.
Before you start your 3 free spins, the spaces for symbols which don’t show the chips go dark. You can see shadows of the regular symbols in these places. These regular symbols are not in play for this bonus feature – instead your objective is to collect more chips.
These show one of two things:
You need to hit the spin button for each of your free spins – giving this game an interactive feel. Every time you hit a new chip, the number of free spins resets to 3.
If you get really lucky, and manage to fill all 15 spots on the reels with casino chips, you will win the biggest jackpot – the grand.
The free spins feature is also shared between several of the Lightning Link / Cash poker machines. If you get 3 or more of the golden cases, you’ll see a cool animation where this rotates and opens – revealing neat piles of cash. You also win 6 free spins – and will enjoy a brass-band Vegas show tune while you spin.
What is unique about this bonus game is that a huge 3×3 symbol appears covering the middle 3 reels on every spin. You can trigger multiple line hits with this, especially those times you hit a wild (the Welcome to Las Vegas style sign). If you get a big golden case symbol, you win 3 more spins.
You can trigger the Hold N Spin bonus game via the free spins. To do this you need a giant chip to cover the middle section. There are fewer cash awards than in the regular Hold N Spin bonus. This is simply because you have only 6 remaining spots to fill.
High Stakes uses casino symbols for the bigger line hits. These include a bright yellow sports car, royal flush, Vegas showgirl and a zoomed-in view of a roulette wheel. Regular playing card symbols make up your smaller wins.
You can pick your denomination before you spin. The choices are 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c. You then pick either 50 or 25 win-lines – and if you are a real high-roller, you can add a multiplier on top.
High Stakes is available in Lightning Link format in NSW, ACT, VIC and QLD. The ‘Cash’ format goes further – adding NT, SA, TAS and even New Zealand to this list.
Overall, the design of High Stakes works really well. This is a bright, energetic free online pokie. Symbols are classic (almost cliché) Vegas staples. I like the case of cash animation the best, though the showgirls also look stunning.
The choice of a casino chip for the Hold and Spin feature is a perfect fit.
For pure entertainment value, the Lightning Link High Stakes pokie ticks all the right boxes. It is bright, bold and brash – just like the real Las Vegas. The combination of the Hold N Spin feature, and big symbol free spins will keep things exciting. Add in the shot at either shared or stand-alone progressive jackpots, and you have a combination worthy of a high-roller.