Fri, Dec 21, 6:23am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:33pm
Win 45 Free Spins in this Native American Poker Machine
Indian Dreaming is not the newest pokie in the Aristocrat range. This early game can now be enjoyed online – as well as in bars and casinos. Buffalo heads make an appearance – though this pokie predates the infamous ‘Buffalo’ slots range. The reels are made to look curved, reminding you of the originals with mechanical wheels. On those reels you will find a native chief, dreamcatchers and tepees.
What Makes Indian Dreaming Worth Waking Up For?
The main draw of this gambling machine is the free spins bonus game. Most games have 10 or even 15 free spins. Here the number is far higher. The native chief is also worth hitting on the reels. This wise old guy will double any wins. Like many early Aristocrat pokies, you’ll have the opportunity to gamble up your wins on the flip of a playing card.
Not many slots offer a default of 45 free spins for 3+ of the bonus symbols. You will not hear a shout of ‘Buffalo’ when these line up – though with 45 spins, you could easily be looking at a lot of wins.
Those buffalos also have scatter prizes. You’ll get a big 4500-coin windfall if you get the maximum 5 on the reels. There is no multiplier or other special feature during your free spins bonus, this is all about giving you the chance to accumulate plenty of wins. This bonus can be re-triggered, for 45 more spins each time!
Wild symbols are represented by a stern and wise looking native chief – complete with classic head-dress. This symbol has a big prize, with 9000 coins coming your way if you line up the maximum 5 on an active win-line.
As the wild, the chief substitutes for the regular symbols (though not the buffalo wilds). He will double the win of any combination that he becomes involved in – something worth smoking your peace pipe for!
There is a simple gamble after win option. Here you simply choose the colour of a playing card, which you will see face-down. You can try this multiple times, ideal for making small wins into big ones. If you guess wrong, you will return to the base game winless. This extra is not available during the free spins games.
Unusually, this pokie gives you a lot of flexibility over how many lines to play. The grid of the reels is a standard 5×3 setup. You can bet anywhere from 1 to 9 lines. With wilds in play, I recommend that you stay with the maximum 9. This gives the native chief more opportunities to connect lines and double your wins.
After the chief, the next highest paying symbol is a split between the dreamcatcher (complete with feathers) and a tomahawk axe. Either will pay 1600 coins for 5 of a kind. You need 3 of most symbols, with only this pair of symbols, the chief and the buffalo paying for 2 of a kind.
Unique symbols are completed by a tepee, a totem pole and a roaring camp fire. Smaller wins come via playing card symbols as usual.
I’m being kind by simply labelling this as an ‘older pokie’. It looks like something which would fit in a museum. That does not take anything away from the game-play, which is solid as you might expect from Aristocrat.
The reels are backed in plain beige, with brightly coloured line markers showing how many lines you are playing. Symbols are multi-coloured, though dark to fit with the theme. Those buffalo look like early editions of what would appear on the famous buffalo slots range. The chief stands out, and you’ll be pleased to see him with the 2x win multiplier too.
There are no unique sounds for this machine. It relies on the same clicks and beeps of most early Aristocrat pokies. A drumming soundtrack would certainly have added to the atmosphere.
If you enjoy no-nonsense style pokies, then this classic is still worth a spin. The main (only) draw is the huge number of free spins you’ll get with 3+ of the buffalo symbols. With 45 free spins, which include those doubled wins with the chief, you have a shot at accumulating some big wins. 9 lines is not for everyone these days. Keep in mind that when those unique symbols do line up, your wins will be much bigger than on 30+ line pokies.