Tue, Oct 16, 4:54am by William Brown
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 3:47am
Tiki Fire is a part of the Lighting Link range of pokies from Aristocrat. It has an exotic theme. Your setting is a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific. You’ll find tiki masks, a native lady, butterflies and a volcano complete with lava on the reels. When you win with the (wild) tiki symbols, they will twist around – revealing a special effect showing flames inside.
This pokie includes the hold and spin bonus which is common to all games in the Lightning Link range. You can win cash awards and progressive jackpots in this. The free spins bonus is unique within the Lightning Link range. This involves wild symbols with 2x multipliers.
Tiki Fire can only be enjoyed for real money – with stakes starting at just 50c a spin. When this game becomes available at online casinos, a demo version may well be offered. This will enable players to check out the different features of the Tiki Fire pokies for free.
In the meantime, you’ll find plenty of other titles in the Aristocrat range are already available to play for free online.
If you have enjoyed other titles from Aristocrat’s Lightning Link range, then the setup and basic gameplay of Tiki Fire will be instantly familiar.
The reels are in a 5×3 configuration, with 15 symbols showing on the 5 reels after each spin. To win you need 3 from the left in most cases. The only exception is the native lady symbol. This will pay from just 2 from the left.
You get a choice of coin sizes with the number of win lines changing between denominations. Outside of high-limit gaming rooms the denominations available are 1c, 2c, 5c and 10c. At 1 and 2c per spin, the minimum number of win lines is 50. Above this, the number of win-lines goes down to 25. You can add a multiplier to bet more. $1 and $2 denominations are sometimes offered with just 5 win-lines.
Tiki mask symbols are wild. They substitute for everything except for the volcano bonus symbols and lava ball hold and spin symbols. You can’t trigger wins with them alone – as they only appear on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Other unique symbols are the native lady, parrot, butterfly and a red flower. Playing card symbols make up those smaller and more frequent wins.
The free spins bonus on Tiki Fire is different from the standard features shared by other Lightning Link pokies. During this, those wild tiki mask symbols take on a new role in boosting your wins. This game has a hold and spin bonus. This gives you the chance of hitting a progressive jackpot (in addition to coin wins).
You’ll get 6 free spins if you hit 3 or more of the volcano symbols anywhere on the reels. These are scattered, and so don’t need to be on a win line to trigger the bonus. There are scatter prizes for 3, 4 or 5 – with 2x, 10x and 100x your triggering bet awarded.
During the free spins, the wild tiki masks have 2x multipliers. This is applied to all wins which involve one or more wilds. These wilds work together, do having a win with 2 wilds on different reels gives you 4x the amount listed on the paytable.
It is possible to retrigger this bonus and to trigger the hold and spin bonus during the free spins.
Other than the use of ‘lava balls’ to trigger it, the hold and spin bonus work in the same way as on many other Lightning Link pokies. To start this feature, you need 6 or more of the lava ball symbols to land on the reels.
Each ball has either a number or a word on it. Numbers show the amount (in coins) you win. Words will say either ‘mini’, ‘minor’ or ‘major’. These relate to the jackpot prizes listed above the reels.
You get 3 spins to hit more balls. Each time you hit one, you’ll win that additional prize, the number of spins will then reset to 3. If you cover all 15 spots on the reels with the balls, you will win the grand progressive jackpot. Otherwise, the hold and spin bonus will end when you spin 3 times without adding any new lava balls.
There are 4 jackpots on Tiki Fire pokies. 2 are fixed and 2 are progressive. The smallest jackpots are fixed. Mini and minor prizes go up as you raise your coin size. Major jackpots are machine specific. These are seeded at $500 and have a maximum of $1000. The biggest (Grand) jackpot will be shared with all the Lightning Link pokies in a casino. This is seeded at $10,000 and will increase until it is won.
You can win the 3 smaller jackpots by getting lava balls with their name on during the hold and spin bonus games.
Aristocrat have used stunning animations of tiki masks for the wild symbols. These can cover entire reels at times – triggering a spectacular animation. They substitute for any of the regular (non-bonus) symbols. Wilds appear on reels 2 to 5 only.
When you trigger the free spins, wilds get a welcome boost. Any win which uses one will enjoy a 2x multiplier for each wild that passes through.
Not yet – this game has not yet made the transition online, and so can’t be played in demo mode at online casinos.
There is a unique free spins game, where all wins involving wilds are given a 2x boost for each wild they go through. There is also a hold and spin bonus game. This works in the same way as similar bonuses on other slots in the Lightning Link range.
You’ll need to head to a live casino to enjoy Tiki Wild. Banks of pokies in this range are often grouped together. You’ll be able to enjoy other Lightning Link games including Wild Chuco, Magic Pearl and High Stakes too.