Tue, Jul 17, 1:34am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:41pm
A Western Inspired Pokie Featuring Stacked Wilds and Incredible Win Opportunities
It might not be clear from the title of the pokie, but the moment you hit spin, you’ll realise that the Moon Drifter is a cowboy. This cowboy has a handlebar moustache and hides under a wide-brimmed hat, with the glow of the moon giving this character a blue complexion. By the look on his face, you’d certainly put this cowboy in the ‘villain’ category. Joining the cowboy on the reels are a cow’s skull, spurs, crossed knives, red roses and golden crosses, all adding to the ‘Western’ feel of the game.
Reasons to Visit the Wild West and Enjoy ‘Moon Drifter’
Moon Drifter is an enjoyable game with a unique feel. With the potential to add many rows of symbols in the feature, it has plenty of big-win potential. Here are the highlights:
To enter the main bonus feature for Moon Drifter pokie you’ll need to land three or more gold coins in a row on a win line. This will lead to the immediate award of 10 free spins. Just like the base game, the feature starts on a 5×3 grid configuration, but you’ll notice two locked rows of symbols above.
To unlock the first of the rows you’ll need to land a cumulative total of 5 red roses. Unlocking that first row extends the reels to become the ‘Xtra Reel Power’ format, giving you 1,024 ways to win. Another 5 red roses will unlock the upper row, making the slot now play out on a 5×5 configuration. This ‘Super Reel Power’ format gives players an incredible 3,125 ways to win.
Even more good news is that the free spins can be retriggered at any time. Landing three or more gold crosses will add three additional spins to your total. While you don’t receive the full 10 spins as a retrigger, the three spins that are added will usually play out on the ‘Super Reel Power’ format, with the biggest and best win opportunities.
The base game of Moon Drifter is more exciting than your usual base game due to the ‘Reel Power’ format. You’ll win when lining up matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right, irrespective of the position on the reels.
You’ll be on the lookout for the stacked ‘Moon Drifter’ symbol throughout the game. This mysterious looking cowboy acts as the wild and appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. The combination of the reel power format and stacked wilds is a winning combination promising mega wins. The dream scenario will see you land the stacked cowboy, so it fills reels 2, 3 and 4 completely, ensuring big wins across all 243 ways to win (the numbers go even higher in the feature).
The highest paying symbol in the base game is the crossed knives which pay 300 coins. The cow skull pays 150, the spur pays 125 and the horse shoe pays 100 coins for the maximum five in a row.
If you were filming a Western movie, the setting for this pokie would be ideal. The game is set at night, with the moon looming large in the sky, while stars twinkle in the sky. You can see the outline of the uneven horizon, featuring cacti and rock formations. If Clint Eastwood were to walk through at any time it wouldn’t be a surprise!
The reels are backed by the same dark blue, while the range of symbols tell a tale of a cowboy who might be a little more unscrupulous than your usual gunslinger – the crossed knives giving this cowboy pirate tendencies too.
Aristocrat should again be commended for coming up with another original and interesting pokie game in Moon Drifter. The developers have always had a liking for all-ways winning systems such as ‘Reel Power’ and ‘Super Reel Power’, but here have included three systems in one game, under the name ‘More Power’. As you play the free spins you’ll be counting down the roses to open up those extra rows – ensuring the best chances of winning. This feature alone makes Moon Drifter a must play!