Tue, Oct 16, 4:47am by William Brown
Last Updated Wed, May 13, 2:59am
The hugely popular Lighting Link pokies from Aristocrat take a trip to the Wild West. Wild Chuco features a Mexican bandit as the main symbol and the wild. His task is to extract as much money as possible from the ‘Banco’. Crossed pistols, dynamite sticks and a locked safe can also be found on the reels.
Aristocrat chose gold coins for the symbols in the hold and spin feature. Get 6 or more on any spin and you can enjoy more coin wins and progressive jackpots. There is also a free spins game where ‘Wanted’ posters appear on the reels. These reveal matching symbols, giving you the potential to cover large areas of the reels in the same symbol.
These multi-denominational pokies can be found in banks of lightning link pokies. You’ll find them alongside other popular titles with similar gameplay, including High Stakes, Mermaid’s Pearl and Tiki Fire.
Lightning Link pokies have not yet made it to online casinos. This limits the possibility of playing them in demo-mode for free. You can enjoy a long list of Aristocrat pokies online without risking any money. These include many of their best-known titles.
Wild Chuco will follow those titles at some point. In the meantime, this game can be enjoyed for real money in live casinos around the world.
All Lightning Link slots come with a choice of coin size. You can adjust this by hitting the coin size icon on the bottom right corner of the screen between spins. This will bring up a box showing 1c, 2c, 5c and 10c. If you are playing in a high-limit slots area, bigger denominations can also be found.
After you choose the coin size, you get to select the number of win-lines. These cross a regular 5-reel, 3-row setup. The minimum number of lines depends on your coin size – for the lowest ones, 50 lines or more are mandatory.
The bandit is the highest paying symbol. This tough-looking character is also the wild. It will replace the regular symbols, though not the special ones (coins for the hold and spin and banks for the bonus). Other higher paying symbols show pistols, dynamite and a safe. Playing card symbols are the fillers.
Wild Chuco has a unique theme, though the core game is 100% faithful to the Lightning Link concept. The big draw of this range is the hold and spin bonus. This involves only the gold coins. It gives you a chance to hit the progressive jackpots. The free spins bonus includes ‘Wanted’ posters. These show that the high-paying bandit has successfully raided the ‘Banco’ in the past.
The gold coins used in the Wild Chuco hold and spin look well worn. Luckily it is the numbers on them that provide the value to you. Each coin shows either a number representing coins or one of three jackpot names.
If you hit 6 or more coins on any spin, you trigger the hold and spin and win the value of all the coins showing. The other symbols all but disappear, with only the coin symbols used for this bonus. You get to spin 3 times. Each time a new coin hits the reels, the number of spins resets to 3.
Your objective is to completely fill the reels with coins. If all 15 spots are filled, the grand progressive jackpot is awarded. Most of the time there will be gaps after your 3 spins run out. You are awarded any named jackpots appearing on the reels, as well as the cash prizes.
Hitting 3+ ‘Banco’ symbols will trigger both a scatter prize and a free spins bonus. You get 8 free spins. These feature ‘Wanted’ symbols in long strips on the reels. In some spins, they will cover multiple reels.
When the reels stop, all the wanted posters go up in flames. They reveal a symbol chosen at random. This can be the bandit (wild) or the coins used in the hold and spin feature. This free spins bonus can be retriggered with 3+ of the bonus symbols.
There are 4 jackpots available on Wild Chuco, as follows:
There are no minor random features on the reels or picks games in this slot. During the base game, stacked wild symbols are used to add excitement. These show the bandit. They will often cover entire reels – connecting multiple wins.
Your biggest wins will come when you are lucky enough to get 2 or more reels completely wild.
No. This slot has not yet made it to online casinos, and so is not available in free-play mode.
Yes, there are 4 jackpots. The biggest (Grand) is usually linked between different Lightning Link pokies within a casino. This allows you to win it by filling in the reels during the hold and spin on any of your favourite lightning link games.
It is hard to find a live casino these days which does not have a selection of Lightning Link and Dragon Link pokies. You’ll find this around the country – and in casinos all over the world.