Fri, Oct 26, 2:48pm by William Brown
Last Updated Fri, May 15, 2:14am
Lightning Link pokies come in a wide range of themes. Magic Totem takes the familiar hold and spin bonus system and gives it a Native American design. The symbols used for the hold and spin are dreamcatchers. You’ll certainly be dreaming of the progressive jackpots which are possible with these symbols.
On the reels, you’ll find an Indian chief, tepee, eagle and buffalo. The exotic carving of a totem pole is a wild symbol. Those poles come into their own when you get the free spins bonus feature. Any that hit the reels will expand, covering all 3 spots. This can result in several wild reels for payouts over multiple win-lines.
Like all the Lightning Link range, you can choose from several different coin sizes and numbers of win-lines to suit your own bankroll.
Lightning Link games are not available online. You won’t (yet) be able to play demo versions online.
Magic Totem has 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols on each. The number of win-lines crossing those reels is up to you. If you are spinning for the regular denominations of between 1c and 10c per line, then you can choose from between 25 and 50 lines. In high limit slot rooms, you can find Lightning Link games with $1 and $2 denominations – here you can go as low as 5 win-lines.
Wild totem symbols only appear on reels 2 through 5. This allows them to create wins with the other regular symbols – though not on their own. Wilds can be stacked in the base game. They only grow (expand) during the free spins bonus.
The Indian chief looks imposing on the reels. This is the highest paying of the regular symbols. Next, come the animals and drum symbols. Playing cards are a common choice for filler symbols in Aristocrat pokies – kings down to nines are used for Magic totem. Tepee symbols are used to trigger the free spins bonus. The remaining symbols are dreamcatchers, they show either coin wins or jackpots. 6 or more will trigger the hold and spin bonus.
There are two different bonus features to enjoy on the Magic Totem pokies. All Lightning Link games have a hold and spin bonus. This will give you a shot at winning progressive jackpots and big coin wins.
This game also has a free spins bonus with expanding wilds. Other Lightning Link games mix up the free spins with things like reveal symbols or giant symbols which cover 3 entire reels. Magic Totem makes the most of the theme – using Totem poles as the main attraction.
Any time you hit 6 or more of the dreamcatcher symbols, you’ll trigger the hold and spin bonus. This can happen in the base game or during your free spins.
Each dreamcatcher will have either the name of a jackpot (from mini, minor or major) on it or a number. The numbers show the number of coins you win at your current denomination. You’ll win all the amounts shown when you trigger this bonus – and have a shot at winning much more.
You have 3 shots at adding extra dreamcatchers to your total. Better still, each time you get an extra one, those 3 shots are reset. No other symbols count during the hold and spin bonus. These are greyed out for the duration.
If you fill all 15 spots, you’ll win the biggest (Grand) progressive jackpot. This can be won at any denomination. If you run out of spins before filling the reels, you win what is showing. Lightning Link pokies use spectacular lightning effects striking each prize in turn while they are counted.
Getting 3+ of the tepee symbols gets you a scatter prize of up to 100x your triggering bet (for 5). You will also get 6 free spins.
This is a smaller number of spins than on many Lightning Link pokies. What Magic Totem lacks in numbers; it makes up for with quality.
For each spin, totem pole symbols can expand. If you get a wild symbol in any spot on reels 2 through 5, they grow to cover all 3 rows. It is possible to get wilds on all 4 reels at once. This could mean that every win-line gets a 5 of a kind win. Even with one or two wild reels, your big win potential can be huge.
You can retrigger for extra spins and additional scatter wins. This is not as generous as the initial number. 3+ of the tepee symbols will add 3 free spins to your current total.
You can win progressive jackpots at random on the Magic Totem pokies – as well as via the hold and spin bonus. The Grand or Major can be paid after any spin where at least 1 dreamcatcher symbol appears on the reels.
Grand jackpots are linked between all the Lightning Link pokies in a casino. This prize is usually seeded at $10,000. It grows from there, depending on how busy the games are. Major progressives are for each machine individually. These start at $500 – and are capped at $1000.
Mini and Minor jackpots are fixed amounts. They increase depending on what coin size you are playing for.
Not yet. Lightning Link and Dragon Link pokies will be available online soon, though are not there yet. Aristocrat prioritizes their classic pokies for online use. The newer titles which are still hugely popular in live casinos are not online yet.
The design is different, with a native American theme. This game shares a hold and spin bonus with all the lightning link titles. The expanding wilds free spins bonus is the same as the one on Tiki Fire, though uses totem poles instead of tiki masks.
Yes, your denomination (coin size) will affect the size of the mini and minor bonuses, though not the major or the Grand jackpots. The bigger jackpots can be won at any coin size. You can win them via the hold and spin bonus, or at random after any paid spin.