Fri, Dec 21, 6:50am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:33pm
Ancient South American Pokie with Two Different Wild Symbols
Pokies featuring the rich history of South America are common enough. Sun and Moon from Aristocrat combines this theme with a lot of action – and a unique atmosphere. There are temples dedicated to the sun and moon in both Mexico and Peru. Both civilisations worshiped these celestial bodies as gods. You’ll find complex symbols representing them on this gambling machine, along with many other Inca or Aztec designs.
Why Play the Sun and Moon Pokies?
Sun and Moon symbols play a significant role in this game. Here is a summary of the highlights:
You only need 2 wilds (either sun or moon symbols) from the left to trigger the free spins round. Usually, 3 are needed, making the bonus a lot more frequent. If you get 2 matching symbols, that gets you 5 free spins. This shoots up for more of them, with 3 symbols getting you 10, 4 for 20 and the maximum 5 gets you 50 spins.
There are also line wins for those symbols – the biggest in the game. 5 of the sun symbol gets you a full 1000 coins, with 500 for the moons. A combination of them gets 50 coins for 5 of a kind.
There is no difference to the game play during the free spins bonus. The main attraction is that any wins you get are doubled compared to the regular pay table amounts. You can retrigger with 2+ of either the sun or moon symbols (and receive double on that win!).
A special symbol showing a South American style pyramid appears on reel 2. When this appears, you will see a light from the top, which scans around and makes the entire symbol white. This then changes at random into one of the other symbols. You will often create extra wins with this – shame it only appears on a single reel.
This pyramid also appears during the free spins bonus games.
There are 20 win-lines crossing the reels, which are set in a regular 5×3 format. You can lower this number if you wish. Bets start at just 20c for all the lines. Multipliers are possible. If you are playing the online version of Sun and Moon, these can go very high.
It is the detailed golden sun emblem that you’ll want to see on the reels. This has the top line prize, at 1000 coins for 5. Like the darker silver moon symbol, this is a wild. It substitutes for everything except the moon wild (and vice versa, the moon does not substitute for the sun).
Moon symbols are worth 500 coins for 5 of a kind, with 50 coins coming your way for 5 mixed sun and moons. As wilds, they are capable of connecting wins over several win-lines at once.
Other unique symbols include a ghastly Inca carving of a head, a distinctive jewelled necklace – and other jewels carved to look like animals.
Playing cards are the fillers, as anyone familiar with Aristocrat pokies will expect.
Under the reels are some distinctive geometric patterns, with the night sky over some mountains above. The reels are backed with a unique wooden design. I like the detail level of the symbols, though keep in mind this is not a new pokie – so they do look a little dated.
The sun is represented by a gold carving, showing a face and historical designs. The moon looks even better, a little darker and a little more sinister. There are small animations, with the pyramid the best of those.
This pokie has a big contrast between the atmospheric, almost ambient, sounds – and the happy tunes which Aristocrat use for their wins. You’ll of course hear the ‘double click’ effect when the reels stop.
Another to add to the ‘older, though still enjoyable’ list of pokies from Aristocrat. Compared to the atmospheric music, this game is high action. I like the way that you can trigger free spins with only two bonus symbols. Doubled wins during that feature certainly help to keep your bankroll topped up.