Sticky Wilds in the Free Spin Bonus Game
Pete is not your average pelican. While most of these birds are happy to fill their extended beak pouches with fish – Pelican Pete prefers gold coins. He also wears a fetching small sailors hat. On the reels you will find plenty of other aquatic themed symbols. These include a starfish, anchor and the obligatory chest of sunken treasure.
Reasons to Spin with Pelican Pete
This is a larger 5×4 format slot, with plenty of win-lines to line up the symbols on. As with man Aristocrat gambling machines, the base game is otherwise plain. Here are the highlights:
Fans of Aristocrat slots will recognise the game-play in the free spins bonus feature. This has also been used in Miss Kitty and Moon Festival. To trigger this bonus, you need lighthouse symbol on all the first 3 reels. That gets you 10 free spins, with a big twist in the gaming action.
Pelican Pete is a wild symbol, replacing everything except those lighthouse triggers. He will appear on reels 2 through 5 in both the base game and free spins.
When Pete hits the reels in the free spins, he will stick in place – remaining there for however many spins you have left. As you go through the bonus, you’ll collect more and more sticky wilds. This means that by the end of your bonus game, you could have one or more pelicans on each of the last 4 reels.
If you are lucky enough to get the retrigger (with 3 more lighthouse symbols) then the dream scenario of complete 4-reel coverage of wilds could be possible. This would give you up to 50x 5 of a kind wins for your remaining spins.
There is a full 50 win-lines on Pelican Pete. That’s plenty of opportunities to line up the winning symbols. You can’t adjust the number of lines, though you are free to choose from a wide range of bets. Live this will range from 1c per line to 10c, though online you can bet for much more.
Pelicans are the key symbol, being wild they replace all the other regular symbols. There is no win to list for these – as no wilds appear on the first reel. When wins are triggered including wilds, you’ll hear an entertaining laugh sound effect.
Rising sun symbols have the biggest line prize. These are also stacked on every reel – making it possible to cover the entire slot with them. You’ll get 100 coins for each completed line. This symbol, along with the treasure chest and purple fish (75 coins for 5) pay from just 2 of a kind. As usual, your wins are counted from left to right.
Anchors and starfish complete the unique winning symbols. Playing cards (without any aquatic design elements) make up your smaller wins.
As well as triggering the free spins bonus feature, the lighthouse symbols have a scatter pay. You’ll get 2x your total bet when you see 3 on the reels – regardless of their position.
Around the reels of this pokie, you’ll see a purple and blue sea scene, with the sun rising in the background. On the reels, things are quite plain. The reels have an off-white backing, and the symbols – while bright – are basic designs.
Pelican Pete himself stands out. This bird has a lot of character. When involved in a winning combination, he will shake from side-to-side, gold coins spilling from his beak. Pete’s eyes also move between looking at you and at the money in his beak.
Lighthouse symbols are animated in the live version of this game – spinning around to show that you have triggered the bonus.
In the free spins bonus, a lively tune plays. Otherwise, the only unique sound effect is the entertaining laugh when Pelican Pete is involved in a win. You’ll hear the ambient casino chatter and slot sounds which are shared on many Aristocrat machines.
Despite having a bit more character than many other pokies, Pelican Pete is ordinary in comparison to many Aristocrat games. Stacked symbols combined with wilds can give you some bigger base game hits. The real highlight comes from the free spins – where more and more wilds progressively stick to the reels.