Fri, Oct 26, 2:54pm by William Brown
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 2:45am
Good fortune and the art of ‘being lucky’ play a major role in Asian culture and this is reflected in this feature-filled pokie from Aristocrat. If you like a game full of features, Lucky 88 will certainly catch your eye. Gold is prominent in the design. You’ll find golden statues filling the reels, alongside a gleaming drum.
This popular Aristocrat game is ideal for players at all stake levels. Bets per line start at just 2c, ranging up to $10. With the opportunity to play just one win-line up to the maximum twenty-five, you’ll have total flexibility over how you’ll enjoy this game.
At the very start of the game, you have the option of adding the ‘Extra Choice’ bet. This gives you an enhanced main free spins bonus feature, as well as a ‘Dice feature’. An optional gamble option can turn any win into a mega payout.
Wins come when you land three or more matching symbols from left to right (both the lion statue and the pelican pay for two or more matching symbols). The wild, featuring the Emperor, is the highest paying symbol. Land five wilds in a row and you’ll win 88 coins. Any wild substitution will add a multiplier of between 2x and 88x to your win.
One of the best aspects of this popular online pokie is that you can check it out using the free-play option before you play for real money. This will give you an idea of exactly how the game works and which symbols you’ll be looking out for.
With the flexibility of the different coin values and number of lines, you also can play for low amounts at the start. This way, you’ll still be rewarded if you hit that big win in building up to your usual stake.
Lucky 88 features five reels, with three rows of symbols on each.
Before you spin you have three choices to make. The first is to set the number of win-lines. The default setting is 25, but you can choose to play any number between 1 and 25 using the plus and minus buttons.
You’ll also choose the ‘Bet Per Line’. This starts at just 2c, but you have further options of 3c, 4c, 5c, 10c – all the way to $10 per line. Your final choice is as to whether you opt for the ‘extra choice’ option. This gives you better returns in the free spins bonus feature and unlocks the ‘Dice Feature’. Playing with the extra choice feature will add 20% on to your total stake. For example, when playing for 50c, the extra choice option will bump this up to 60c.
There are two main bonus features in Lucky 88. The first is the free spins feature, which plays out differently if you add the ‘Extra Choice’. The second is the ‘Dice Feature’, which is an entertaining extra. Players can also decide to gamble any win, based on predicting the suits or colours of a playing card.
If you land three or more lamp symbols, you’ll pick from one of three scrolls with the following free spins options:
With the ‘Extra Choice’ feature applied the choices change to:
As you can see, this optional extra bet gives you flexibility – as well as a shot at some huge wins. Note that the long-term returns will be the same for each group. What you are choosing is the volatility.
This feature is only part of the game when you have the ‘Extra Choice’ option applied. You’ll have the choice to play this feature instead of the free spins. The game starts with 8 ‘outer dice’ being rolled, and any time you hit an 8 that will be held in place.
These rolls will continue until no more 8s are rolled. Prizes are then multiplied by the bet per line. You’ll enjoy three games in total, with an additional roll at the end of the feature which could see you awarded an additional three games.
There is no direct progressive jackpot payout available, however, there are jackpot ‘sized’ wins available when using the gamble option. Any win can be gambled up to 5 times. Each gamble can see you double up (by correctly predicting the colour of a card) or multiply your win by 4 (by correctly predicting the suit of the card). The maximum win allowed is an incredible 31,250 coins. Multiply that number by any stake and you are in jackpot territory.
Yes, you’ll enter the free spins feature by landing three or more lamps. If you have the ‘extra choice’ option in play, you’ll have extended free spins options, as well as the chance to play the ‘Dice Game’ instead.
No, there is no jackpot prize in place.
Your biggest boosts in the base game will come from the wild symbols. Any time one or more wilds substitute into a win, your win amount will receive an immediate multiplier boost. Your biggest wins will come this way.
Yes, you can gamble after any win. To gamble you’ll either pick the colour or suit of a face-down playing card. You can gamble up to five times after any win.
With the addition of the many bonus/gamble features, this game is higher on excitement and volatility than many similar games. With those huge multipliers in place, any spin can turn into an incredible win.