Tue, Jul 17, 1:37am by Ethan Anderson
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Mystic Pokies with a New Depth of Bonus Features
Compared to the original Moon Maidens pokies, Moon Maidens II has a lot going on. The original games had a simple setup and a free spins bonus. Aristocrat upped the ante this time around. You get the same mystic feel, with your choice of win lines, on-reel bonuses, jackpots and free spins games.
Set in a tall cabinet with a big screen, Moon Maidens II slots come in two variations. These are based on different ladies – Mona and Selene. The features are the same, with different graphics giving you some variation.
Reasons to Shoot for the Moon with these Pokies
I am sure anyone who enjoyed the popular original game will enjoy the sequel. Here are the key reasons to check out Moon Maidens II.
Instead of needing 3 special bonus symbols to trigger the main feature, this time you only need one. It will appear with a glowing, fiery pink surround. The reels then disappear, with a pair of binoculars taking over the centre of the screen and a cityscape beyond.
Inside the eye glasses are two gems, one yellow and one green. You simply tap on one to select it. Most of the awards are cash prizes. You will also find one of two bonus games, free spins and jackpot picks.
When you win the free spins, you will have a decision to make. Each game comes with one symbol stacked, and a different number of free spins depending on how valuable the symbol is. For example, you can have wild (logo) symbol stacked, and get 6 free spins – or opt for the cow and get 12 spins instead. There is a mystery option, which randomises both the symbol and the number of spins.
During your free games, you’ll see a lot more of your selected symbol. At random, you’ll see a message appear announcing tripled wins. This would be a great time to cover those reels in wilds!
This is a simple game, where you see a big grid of gems. All you need to do is keep selecting them. Each will reveal one of the 5 levels of jackpot prizes. When you pick 3 of the same jackpot, that is what you are awarded.
At random on either version of the Moon Maidens II pokies, a message appears telling you that a meteor shower is on the way. Two reels then get the same symbol (reels 2 and 4) and lock in place. The rest of the reels spin, and then glowing red meteors strike the reels from the top left. These leave wilds where they land.
Once this stops, the locked reels also turn wild – you’ll be hoping that those left by the meteors connect them, and some of the other bigger paying symbols.
This is another random feature. It is triggered when you see a stunning full moon appear on the reels. This turns into a wheel, containing brightly coloured segments. Most of them are cash awards, with one saying jackpot and another saying free spins. If you get the jackpot segment, you’ll play the same picks game that is triggered via the eye glass bonus.
You can choose whether to play 30 or 60-line versions of each Moon Maidens pokie. If you go for 60, the reels expand, showing a huge 5×6 grid. 30 lines are played out on a normal 5×4 setup. Bets start at 1c per line, though you can add multipliers if you wish.
Either Selene or Mona, depending on which game you play, are the top symbols. There are plenty of wilds on the reels. These show the pokie logo. An eagle and horned cow complete the line-up of unique symbols.
Graphically, these slots are a mile ahead of the classic original version. The tall cabinet is topped by either Selene or Mona, staring mystically down at you. The jackpots are above.
Stacked symbols which merge into single graphics are stunning. It is the depth of features which make these poker machines enjoyable. Jackpot picks, free spins and two different random features are frequent enough to keep things interesting.