Tue, Oct 16, 4:47am by William Brown
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A Wild West Themed Pokie in the Lightning Link Network
The main character on the reels of Aristocrat’s Wild Chuco pokies has a mean look. Just the kind of guy you would find squaring up to Clint Eastwood in a Wild West movie. With a bank ready to be robbed, big money can come your way with this beautifully designed gambling machine.
Wild Chuco is part of the range of Lightning Link and Lightning Cash pokies. Game-play is identical with these two. The difference is that the ‘Link’ games have progressive jackpots shared between other titles – and the ‘Cash’ variation has a stand-alone progressive.
Here is what to expect on your journey to the Wild West:
It is the money bag symbols which will trigger your free spins bonus on Wild Chuco poker machines. These are surrounded by stacks of gold coins.
Most Lightning Link / Cash pokies award 6 free spins. The Wild Chuco slot machine is different, giving you 8 spins of the reels.
The key difference between the bonus reels and the base game is the addition of ‘Wanted’ posters. These are stacked on the reels – often covering more than one entire reel (as well as appearing individually). When the reels stop, they all reveal an identical symbol. With some luck this will be the wild – which can then connect up to 50 win-lines at once. You might also reveal the scattered money bag, adding to your free spins.
Best of all would be the gold coins. If you get 6 of these on any spin (either in the base game or free spins), you’ll start the exciting Hold N Spin bonus. Getting it during the free spins does not end this feature. You’ll return to the reels to complete your spins when your Hold and Spin bonus is completed.
What I like about the Hold N Spin is the combination of simplicity and big-win potential. This bonus game is what connects all the Lightning games.
You’ll trigger this bonus with 6 gold coins. Each of these will show a cash award (which gets multiplied by your denomination), or a jackpot bonus. Three jackpot bonuses appear as coins. These are the mini, minor and major prizes. The biggest prize of all (the grand) is won in a different way. Here you need to get every space on the 5×3 grid of reels filled with gold coins.
Each Hold N Spin bonus gives you 3 free spins. Each time you add a new cash or jackpot award to the reels, those spins reset to 3. You need to hit the spin button each time – this is not automatic like regular free spins bonus rounds. There are sound effects like bullets for each win, with the bigger wins giving you a cash-register ‘Ching’ sound instead.
Compared to other pokies in the Aristocrat range, the bandit has a mean look. This is the wild symbol. It connects regular wins as a substitute symbol – though this bandit will not substitute for the scatters or the gold coins.
He is joined on the reels by a bank, pistols, a safe and some sticks of dynamite. Playing card symbols also feature.
Like all the slots in the Lightning Link range, you can pick your denomination. The options are 1c, 2c, 5c or 10c. You will also have flexibility in the number of win-lines, with either 25 or 50 available.
This pokie is available in the following states:
It is the small animations which make this pokie stand out. These include the safe opening when it is involved in a win, and the smart lightning effects at the end of the Hold N Spin games. You will also find classic Wild West movie music when you start either of the bonus features.
The tall cabinet is dominated by the bandit, with a classic western scene behind the reels.
Compared to the many lighter themes used in the Lightning Link / Cash range, this title is gritty and engaging. While the bank robbery never takes place, you could be enjoying a lot of gold via the Hold N Spin bonus game. Add the reveal symbols for the free spins, and Wild Chuco is well worth a spin.