Wed, Nov 14, 12:52am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Lightning Link Steps Back to the Lunar Landings
Most pokies in the Lightning Link range from Aristocrat have historical themes. These range from Chinese history, though to the gunfights of the Wild West. Moon Race takes a different angle, going back to the lunar landings of the 1970’s. you’ll find plenty of vivid reminders of this era, including a fully suited astronaut bouncing along on the moon.
There is a lot more to the Moon Race pokie than just amazing graphics. This title includes the key bonus features which make the Lightning Link range so popular. Here are the highlights:
You can unlock up to 4 jackpot prizes – as well as cash awards – with the Hold and Spin bonus. This game is a common feature among the Lightning Link and Lightning Cash pokies.
What better symbol to kick things off than the moon itself. This moon will show one of two things. Mostly, you’ll find a cash award on them. Some of them show jackpots instead – with the smaller of the 4 progressives appearing on the moons.
When you get 6 or more from a single spin, the Hold N Spin game starts. Here are how things work:
There is no lightning on the moon, though plenty of it at the end of this bonus. Each cash award is multiplied by your coin size – with a lightning strike adding each one to a total above the reels. You can win the smaller jackpots multiple times on each feature.
Bonus symbols are the logo for this pokie – made to look like a patch on an astronaut’s arm. You need 3 of them to get 10 free spins.
These spins are different from the base-game, with the lower paying playing card symbols removed from the reels. This makes it easier to get the bigger wins, wilds and the moons to trigger the Hold N Spin bonus. You can retrigger the bonus with more logos.
Moon Race comes in two versions. The setup (5×3 reels, 25 or 50 win-lines, 1c to 10c coin size) is identical. What is different is the states you can find them in, and how the jackpots are set up.
Moon Race Lightning Link: Available in NSW, ACT. QLD and VIC, features a shared progressive jackpot with the other games in this range in each casino.
Moon Race Lightning Cash: This is available in more states, NSW, ACT. QLD, VIC, SA, NT and NZ). The jackpot is tied to the individual machine and not shared.
Aristocrat have chosen iconic symbols from the moon missions. The guy in the space suit is wild and connects wins with other symbols. You will also find the iconic moon footprint, a buggy, lunar lander and a giant satellite dish on the reels. In the base game you will find those regular brightly coloured playing card symbols too.
Above the reels you will find the mirrored face-plated astronaut with a starry sky beyond. There are animations worthy of a sci-fi movie when you put wins together. My pick is the slow bounce of the astronaut as he walks on the moon. When you win with stacked wilds, these expand to give you a bigger version.
The choice of the moon for the Hold N Spin games is perfect. You’ll see the usual lightning effects – and enjoy stirring music when you trigger this.
This is one of my favourite Lightning Link titles. It feels fresh and new compared to the tried and tested themes of others in this range. When you hit the free spins, your winning chances shoot up – with no low-paying playing cards on the reels. Hit the grand jackpot in the Hold N Spin, and you could be sent into orbit!