Wed, Nov 14, 12:52am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 1:06am
In the late 1960s, the race to the moon between the US and Russia was huge news. Aristocrat has produced a pokie based on this iconic race. Moon Race is part of the Lightning Link range. It shares a hold and spin bonus feature with many other games including Wild Chuco, High Stakes and Magic Pearl.
On the reels, you’ll find a moon-walking astronaut, rocket and satellite dish. The moon symbols are used for the hold and spin bonus. These have either cash amounts or the names of progressive jackpots on them. A free spins bonus with expanding wilds gives Moon Walk plenty of big win potential.
Lightning link pokies are not yet available in free play mode at online casinos. These games are among the most popular titles on the live casino floor – and are yet to make the transition to online play. You will find many pokies from Aristocrat are available for free play. These showcase the varied themes and bonus features pioneered by this Australian gambling giant.
Lightning link pokies use a common multi-denomination setup. You can choose whether to play for 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, $1 or $2 per line. As you increase your coin size, the minimum number of lines goes down. For example, you can spin just 5 lines at $1+ denomination, with 50 the minimum at 1c per line. This allows you to experiment, finding the right mix of win-lines and total bet for you. There are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols.
The astronaut is a welcome sight on the reels. This is the wild symbol, appearing on reels 2, 3 4 and 5. It will substitute for everything except the moons and the logo bonus symbols to create extra wins. Other high paying symbols include the footprint on the moon, satellite dish and lunar lander. Playing card symbols are used for those smaller wins.
Wins require a minimum of 3 symbols from the left on a win-line.
One bonus feature is shared with all the Lightning Link pokies. The hold and spin features gives you a shot at winning some big progressive jackpots.
There is also a free spins bonus game. This gives you a way to covering 4 of the reels in wild symbols. As with other Lightning Link titles, you can trigger the hold and spin bonus from either the base game or the free spins.
You need 3+ scatter symbols to trigger the free spins. These show a patch with the Moon Race logo. They can appear in any position. You’ll get a scatter prize too. This is 100x your triggering bet for the maximum 5 scatters.
10 free spins are awarded for 3 scatters, 15 for 4 and 25 for 5. During your free spins, the lower-paying playing card symbols all disappear. With more of the high paying symbols available, your chances of bigger wins increases. There are also proportionally more moon symbols, which can trigger the hold and spin.
If you hit 6 or more of the full moon symbols in either the base game or the free spins bonus – then a hold and spin bonus is triggered. This works in the same way for all Lightning Link and Dragon Link pokies.
Moon symbols show either numbers (coin amounts) or the names of the progressive jackpots on them. You win what is on every moon you hit during the hold and spin. 3 spins are awarded, with only new moon symbols involved. Any time you hit one, your spins are reset to 3. When you spin 3 times without adding a new one, the hold and spin bonus ends.
Moon Race has 4 jackpots. The biggest of them – the Grand – can be linked between all the Lightning Link pokies in a casino – or can be stand-alone. To win this prize, you need to completely fill the screen with moon symbols during the hold and spin feature.
The next biggest jackpot (called the ‘major’) is also progressive. This tops out at $1000 and is won by hitting a moon symbol with this written on it during the hold and spin. There are also minor and mini prizes. These will change depending on what coin size you play for and are fixed amounts. Again, you’ll win these from moons with these words on in the hold and spin feature.
While there are no special on-reel features, the wild symbols do come in stacks on the Moon Race slot machines. This means you’ll often find the astronaut covering all 3 positions on a reel. Your biggest wins will come those times you cover more than one reel with these wilds – especially where you are lucky enough to connect the higher paying rocket-themed symbols.
No, Moon Race and the other Lightning Link games are not currently available at online casinos in free to play mode. You’ll find this game in brick and mortar casinos.
There are 4 jackpot prizes, which can be won via the hold and spin bonus feature. Two of these are progressive. These are the ‘grand’, which is won by filling the screen with moon symbols – and the ‘major’ which is won by hitting a moon with this written on it. The mini and minor prizes are non-progressive.
Yes. You can win up to 25 free spins. A big advantage of this bonus is that the lower-paying ‘playing card’ symbols are removed from the reels. The higher proportion of both high paying symbols and moons gives you two ways to win big during this bonus feature.
Aristocrat slots are available in casinos around the country. The Lightning Link range, which Moon Race is a part of, are hugely popular both in Australia and around the world.