Tue, Oct 9, 1:47am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:36pm
Spectacular Animations and Multiple Ways to Win
Zorro was a fictional character, created by writer Johnston McCully around 100 years ago. The popular masked vigilante was active in present-day California – at the time it was under Spanish rule. Zorro translates as ‘the fox’ in Spanish. He has been the topic of books, comic strips, TV shows and big budget Hollywood movies over the years.
This Aristocrat pokie brings Zorro to life. You’ll hear familiar ‘wild west’ style music, see plenty of characters from the books on the reels, and enjoy entertaining animations involving swords and whips. There are some interesting aspects to the game-play too. Free spins and a ‘mighty cash’ feature both have potential for big prizes.
Here are the reasons to put on your mask and cape, and enjoy some Zorro pokie action:
Mighty Cash reminds me of the recent ‘Lightning Link’ game-play. To trigger this feature, you need 5 yellow symbols showing credit amounts to appear anywhere on the reels. If you are betting in 1c or 2c denominations, then you need 6 of these to trigger this game.
You will see the other symbols disappear, replaced with blue outlines of symbols. You will get 5 spins to fill as many spots on the reels with yellow cash prizes as possible Getting more prizes does not reset theses spins like it does in the Lightning Link games.
In addition to the cash prizes, you can hit symbols with jackpots on them. These are the mini, minor or major. Just a single one of these symbols wins you that prize. If you fill all 20 spots on the reels, you win the biggest jackpot of all – the grand.
Randomly after you complete your 5 spins, 3 coins can appear over the reels. You get to pick one for between 1 and 3 extra spins.
To trigger the free spins games on Zorro pokies, you need to hit 3+ of the ‘Z’ logo symbols. 3 will get you 8 free spins, 4 brings 16 and the maximum 5 gets 24. There is a change in the music, and one extra game-play change.
While you spin, Zorro will sometimes carve out his famous ‘Z’ in flaming letters over the reels. When this happens, the next spin will either result in a retrigger (minimum 8 more spins) or a Mighty Cash bonus round. If you get Mighty Cash, your free spins will pause while this feature takes place – and then resume when it completes.
Not only do you have a choice of denominations, you have a choice of multiplier. This gives you a huge range of bet sizes- ranging from 50c per spin up to $20. There is an advantage to choosing the 5c or 10c denominations. The Mighty Cash bonuses will be more frequent, as you only need 5 cash symbols to trigger this game.
The reels of the free Zorro pokies look huge – though this is the excellent graphics, not oversized reels. There are 5 reels in play, with 4 rows of symbols on each. All-ways pays are used, so you don’t need to worry about missing a win-line.
Your biggest prizes will come from Zorro. He is shown looking at you, hidden behind his mask and peeking from behind a hat. Two ladies come next in the pay outs, a blonde and brunette are seen looking over their shoulders.
Other unique symbols include a bag of gold (with the famous mask next to it) and a bunch of roses. Playing card fillers are in use for the smallest wins.
My pick of the animation sequences happens after the Mighty Cash bonus completes. A giant whip appears, striking the top of the machine for each prize symbol you hit. This has a sharp sound effect, and it is an entertaining way to watch your total prize increase.
The sequence in the bonus game where the flaming ‘Z’ appears is also worth looking out for. All the graphics are detailed. They will come to life each time you create a winning combination. The music is right on-topic. This could have easily been the music from the original TV shows, just as a fight scene got underway.
Once again, Aristocrat has taken a character, and created a stunning gambling machine based on it. Zorro is not all about the imagery and music – there is plenty to like about the game-play too. This includes the Mighty Cash bonus (which is shared with other games), as well as a free spins bonus round, which can last a while if you get retriggers.