Fri, Oct 26, 2:36pm by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
A Classic Love-Themed Poker Machine Gets a Major Upgrade
The original More Hearts pokie is a classic. Compared to some of the amazing games Aristocrat produce these days – it was starting to look a little dated. The new version – More More Hearts – keeps the game-play of the original intact. To go with this, it gets a new cabinet, upgraded graphics and animations, plus even more sets of reels for the bonus feature.
Whether you enjoyed the original, or are playing for the first time, you’ll find a mix of solid game play with bonus games which can get intensive very quickly.
Here is what to expect from the new More More Hearts pokies:
Triggering the bonus spins is standard. You need to collect a minimum of 3 logo / bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. You’ll then see a giant beating heart with arrow through it. This is apt, as you’ll simply love what happens next.
You start off with two sets of reels alongside each other. Above these reels are 4 strips, showing the number of hearts you need to collect to trigger next level. At 9, the number of reels goes to 4 in a square formation. This gives you more opportunities to collect the heart symbols, which pop from the reels to a counter (also heart-shaped) below.
It does not stop there. The next target gets you 6 sets of reels – and then 8! By the time you hit 8 reels, an extra help for your wins kicks in. This is a completely wild reel on the right- hand side.
If you get the full 39 hearts, things go from profitable to spectacular. You will now have 24 sets of reels spinning together for each of your remaining free spins. These form 3 columns of 8. At this point both reels 4 and 5 are completely wild. That means any 3 of a kind wins you hit are turned into 5 of a kind wins. With 24 reels, you are almost guaranteed some big wins coming your way.
Retriggering for more spins is possible, though harder as you go along. You need 3 of the logo symbols to retrigger. As the wild reels kick in, you have more sets of reels to do this on – though those wilds covering 1 or 2 reels make this harder to do.
Even with this in mind, you’ll find the More More Hearts pokie feature an intensive experience!
Compared to the bonus, the base game is recognisable as classic Aristocrat. You’ll have 50 win-lines, covering a regular 5×3 grid. Wilds are in play at this stage. These are shown as glittering diamonds and come with big win potential in addition to their ability to connect wins with the regular symbols.
Those symbols have had a graphics upgrade, though are the same ones used in the original version of this pokie. These include a fan, leopard and gift box – along with the standard playing card symbols. Hearts do appear in the base game of More More Hearts online pokie, though they do not have any effect – you need to wait for the bonus game for these to become valuable.
Aristocrat has used the tall, thin Helix cabinet to the maximum for this poker gambling machine. The animations are cartoon-like, with the throbbing valentines-day style heart with an arrow the most eye-catching part. There are plenty of small animations and touches alongside. My favourite is the coin fountain which comes after a big win. Instead of the usual gold coins, you get a mix of coins and hearts coming up from the bottom of the screen before gently curving and falling back again.
There is a voice-over during the bonus. This deep female voice will tell you that you have unlocked more reels when you hit a milestone.
I like the balance which Aristocrat has struck between keeping the classic game-play of the original – and enhancing the experience of playing with the new More More Hearts poker machine. Using the Helix XT cabinet for More More Hearts works brilliantly. This allows for the full immersive experience when you hit 24 reels in the bonus game. At the same time, the base game is solid and enjoyable – just like on the older version.