Fri, Oct 26, 2:22pm by William Brown
Last Updated Thu, May 14, 9:38am
Peacock Princess is part of the Dragon Link range of slots from Aristocrat. Some of the symbols have been used for previous games in the Dragon Link and Lightning Link ranges. These include the Ming vase (from Golden Century) and peacocks (from Bengal Treasures). This machine has a big choice of denomination and wild symbols on the last 4 reels to give wins a big boost.
There are two special features. The hold and spin bonus appears on all Dragon Link titles. This sub-game lets you add fireballs to the reels. Each has a cash prize or a jackpot associated with it. There is also a free spins bonus in Peacock Princess. This uses the ‘giant symbols’ system in common with several other ‘Link’ style pokies.
This game is not yet available to play for free. Many online slots use these free to play versions to let you check out the gameplay and special features. Once you decide which of the free games you like, you’ll be ready to play for real money.
There is a list of classic Aristocrat titles to enjoy at online casinos (both in real money and free-play form). Dragon Link games have not yet made the move online.
Dragon Link pokies have a wide range of coin sizes (denominations) to choose from. This starts at 1c per line (minimum 50 win-lines), goes up to 5c / 10c (minimum 25 win-lines) then $1 and $2 (5 lines minimum).
The reels have a standard 5×3 grid – with 3 rows of symbols appearing on each of 5 reels. The number of lines you choose depends on your preference for winning line hits or relying on the bonus features. Most symbols need a minimum of 3 from the left. Only the jade rings pay from 2 from the left.
Wilds are in play. These show the Peacock Princess herself, in very elaborate traditional headgear. This symbol only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. It is stacked on the reels. This allows it to cover entire reels on many spins. Wilds will substitute for the regular symbols – though not the fireballs or peacock scatters.
High paying symbols include the jade ring, Ming vase, treasure chest and red and gold fan. Playing card symbols are boldly coloured. These are used for the smaller and more regular wins.
There are two exciting bonus features on the Peacock Princess pokies. The first is a free spins bonus game. This uses giant symbols, which cover the middle 3 reels. It is possible to trigger every win-line at once – or trigger the second bonus feature during this bonus.
Second is the hold and spin bonus. This feature is shared with all the Dragon Link and Lightning Link games. During this game, the regular symbols disappear – and only the fireballs count. You can win big cash awards, jackpot bonuses and even progressives from this bonus feature.
Peacock symbols only show the head and part of the plumage most of the time. When you get 3 or more on a single spin, they expand – showing the full bird complete with an impressive tail. You’ll win 6 free spins whether you hit 3, 4 or 5 on the triggering spin. There is also a scatter prize of up to 100x your bet if you get all 5.
The free spins see the middle reels merge into a single giant reel. One symbol will completely fill the 3×3 gap on each spin. If this matches one of the symbols landing on the left, you can win over multiple win-lines. Wild symbols (the princess) are ideal in this spot.
If the peacock lands in the middle, you will retrigger for 3 more free spins. A fireball landing there will start the hold and spin bonus games.
Hitting 6 or more fireballs (or a single giant one in the free spins) will trigger the hold and spin bonus. Each ball will have a number on it. You need to multiply this by your coin size to get the dollar amount you won. Some balls have mini, minor or major written on them. These relate to the jackpot prizes at the top of the pokie cabinet.
In the hold and spin bonus, you get 3 spins to add more fireballs to the reels. No regular symbols are in play. Each time you hit a new ball; the number of free spins will reset to 3.
If you manage to fill the entire grid with fireballs, you will win the grand progressive jackpot. Most of the time you’ll win a mix of cash awards and the smaller jackpots. The animation while these count-up at the top of the screen are fiery and spectacular.
There are four jackpots on Peacock Princess. They work in 3 different ways.
The biggest is the ‘Grand’, this starts at $10,000 and is progressive – increasing until it is won. The grand jackpots are typically shared by all the Dragon Link pokie titles in a casino. Next is the major progressive. This is for one machine only. It will always be between $500 and $1000.
Two more jackpot bonuses are non-progressive. The size of the mini and minor will change depending on which coin size you select.
You’ll need to wait until Dragon Link pokies become available at online casinos. These games are currently only available in live casinos – where they are hugely popular. Aristocrat does have a record of moving their popular classics online. We can expect to see Peacock Princess among the other Dragon Link and Lightning Link titles making online eventually.
Dragon Link pokies share many characteristics, though no two are exactly the same. The theme is unique and colourful, with a traditional Asian feel. The hold and spin bonus works in the same way as all the Dragon Link pokies. The free spins bonus has been used before, with the giant symbols making for an interesting bonus game.
If you run out of money to spin at your current level, you’ll be offered a lucky chance spin. This is a side bet on that last bit of money. For example, if you are betting for $1 and have just 35c left, the lucky chance will give you a 35% shot at an extra $1 spin.