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Play up to 4 Classic Pokie Games Simultaneously with the Wonder 4 Setup
The Wonder 4 pokie game was innovative when it first appeared on casino floors. This lets you play 4 sets of reels at once, and to choose from 4 classic pokies. These are Buffalo, Firelight, Wicked Winnings and Pompeii. You can choose how many of each game to play. For example, if you are a big Buffalo fan – there is nothing to stop you playing 4 sets of this game.
Since this original setup was introduced, different variations have appeared. Some Wonder 4 pokies have deluxe versions of the games in them. The latest one called ‘Wonder 4 Tower’, uses a huge curved screen and includes a super-spins feature which lets you earn up to 6 sets of reels.
Here are the key reasons to choose the original Wonder 4 gambling machine:
Key to making the Wonder 4 concept work is to keep things simple in the setup. Choosing games is easy. All you need to do is drag the titles you like from the edges of the screen into position. You can drag them back again if you change your mind.
You will then set your coin size, and the combined bet sizes of each game will give you the total needed to spin. In general, you spin for smaller amounts on each of the reels, to make up for having 4. This smooths out some of the variance while you spin.
These are real classics. While the graphics can look a little retro on some titles, the game play has most certainly stood the test of time!
Buffalo: When Aristocrat created this native American wildlife themed pokie, they probably had not idea that it would be among the most popular pokies worldwide 20 years later. Wonder 4 features the original Buffalo game, with multiplier wild symbols and the familiar shout of ‘Buffalo!!’ when you win with these top paying symbols.
Wicked Winnings: This game also prompted many sequels. The game-play is devilishly good, with a female demon acting as the wild symbol. When you get the free spins bonus game on this one, those wilds expand to cover all the reels. Match this with a win-multiplier, and you could be looking at a big win.
Firelight: This is a classic in the South American native niche. There are Aztec warriors and mystical instruments covering the reels. Once again, it is the mix of a solid base game and free spins bonus featuring easy retriggers which helps this title stand out.
Pompeii: While many pokie software houses have made Roman era games, Pompeii was an early classic in this area. Volcanoes act as wilds, and gold coin trigger the free spins bonus games. When those coins hit the reels, you’ll hear shouts in ancient Latin!
Bonus features are triggered in the same way as on the original games. For example, 3 or more gold coins will get you started with the Buffalo bonus game. With 4 sets of reels on a relatively small screen, having multiple bonus games running at once might become a little too complicated.
Aristocrat solved this by running these sequentially. When you trigger a single bonus, that set of reels will expand, covering the entire screen. With multiple bonuses, they stack up – so you have something to look forward to when your current bonus completes.
Each of the games has a decidedly retro look and feel these days – especially when you compare this to the newer Wonder 4 Tower games. Things do seem cramped when you have 4 sets of reels spinning. I like the way that they stop spinning in turn, starting with the top left and ending with the bottom right. That allows you to follow the action – and hopefully see the bonus games getting triggered.
If you enjoy a lot of action in your pokies sessions, Aristocrat has provided a solution. The Wonder 4 pokies also spread the variance. You can bet smaller per game, spreading your stake over up to 4 games. I like the ability to mix and match different games. If you are a big fan of one title – there is nothing to stop you choosing 4 of the same.