Tue, Oct 16, 5:48am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Journey to the Exotic Middle East with this Lightning Link Title
Unique pokie themes are a specialty of Aristocrat. Sahara Gold takes you on a journey to the Middle East – and includes many familiar game-play elements. It comes in both Lightning Link and Lightning Cash formats. Game-play is the same with both formats – the difference being that ‘Link’ games have a shared progressive jackpot, and ‘Cash’ has a stand-alone pool.
Graphics and animations are beautifully produced in this game, and the free spins bonus comes with a twist!
Here is what to expect when you play:
When you trigger the free spins bonus on Sahara Gold, you’ll see a spectacular animation. You zoom through a corridor in an ancient Arab palace. At the end of this corridor are two beautiful chests. You then pick one, which will open to reveal a number of free spins and separate number of added wilds.
With up to 200 wild symbols added to the reels, this bonus game could prove profitable. Other times, you’ll get as few as 25.
These wilds come stacked on the reels. They will sometimes cover multiple reels – giving you the potential to win on up to 50 win-lines at once. By hitting more of the scatters, you can retrigger this bonus game.
The main feature which links all the Lightning Link and Lightning Cash games is called ‘Hold N Spin’. Instead of regular symbols, this game uses cash amounts and jackpot bonuses. You can trigger this from either the free spins or the base game.
Here is how it works:
When this bonus feature ends, you’ll see an excellent animated sequence. These pokies are not called ‘lightning’ for no reason! Lightning strikes each of your awards in turn. You can see them adding up above the reels. Those cash awards are multiplied by the coin size you are playing at.
If you do trigger this feature from the free spins, you then return to complete any remaining spins.
Both the Lightning Link and Lightning Cash versions of this pokie work the same way. With the link version, the jackpot will be shared between the many other titles in this range at your casino. The cash version has its own jackpots.
The reels are in a standard 5×3 configuration, and you can switch between 50 win-lines and 25 easily. You can also choose your coin-size (denomination) from between 1c and 10c per line. Multipliers can be added too, giving you complete flexibility of how you play.
You can find the ‘Cash’ version in the following states: New South Wales / Australia Capital Territory / Queensland / Victoria / South Australia / Northern Territory / Tasmania. The Lightning Link version is only available in New South Wales / Australia Capital Territory / Queensland / Victoria .
Other than the regular Aristocrat playing cards, the winning symbols on the free Sahara Gold pokies are truly unique. Where else can you line up beautiful Persian temples, scorpions and belly dancing ladies? A serene desert oasis also features, along with Egyptian pyramids.
You’ll want to see the Bedouin on a camel as often as possible. This is the wild symbol, which connects wins with other (regular) symbols to give you some big-hit potential.
A Bedouin on a camel sits above the reels, with a deep red sunset behind. You can see the tops of domed temples beyond the red sands.
There are plenty of small animations for the winning symbols as usual. When you trigger the bonus, you are in for a visual treat as you zoom through an ornate temple before picking a chest. Add the lightning effects (which are shared between all the pokies in this range) and you’ll find this an immersive experience.
I enjoyed this game and would recommend it for anyone looking for a fresh design for their Lightning Link play. Pick the right chest, and you could fill those reels with 100’s of wilds. With big win potential from the Hold N Spin game – you’ll know a genuine jackpot chance is more than just a mirage!