Sat, Jun 29, 1:17am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
Big Chief Mystery is a jackpot system which is shared between several distinctive Ainsworth pokies. All these pokies involve wildlife, exotic settings and ‘Chiefs’ running the tribe. They include Amazon Chief, Dollar Chief and Diamond Chief. This is a popular range of casino slots, which has already been moved online. I expect to see more exotic settings and more regional Chief’s appearing soon.
Aside from the random ‘must-win’ jackpots, each game has wild symbols and a frees spins bonus game. With stacked wilds in the free spins, there is plenty of potential to cover all 100 win-lines on some spins. Here are key features shared by the Big Chief Mystery pokies:
While these are not the biggest pokie jackpots you will find, there is an interesting twist. You will see two amounts displayed above the reels, a minor and a major jackpot. The minor starts at $20 – and must be won by $30. The major starts at $350 – and must be won by $400.
This means that when you see a jackpot very close to the must-pay amount, the machine will need to pay it. While nothing is guaranteed with pokies, this is a strategy choice. If you see two Big Chief titles in a casino, picking the one with the jackpot number closest to the ‘must pay’ makes sense. Remember – don’t spend money you would not have normally used for entertainment simply to chase a jackpot!
During the base games of several Big Chief Mystery titles, you’ll see stacked wild symbols. These appear on the longer reels (reels 3 through 5). They can cover, fully or partially, reels on any spin.
Hitting 3 of the diamond symbols and triggering 10 free spins gives you a boost via these wild symbols. Whenever one or more wilds hits a reel, they expand to fill it completely. With these expansions plus stacks only happening on the final 3 reels, you will need to match symbols on the smaller reels 1 and 2 to win. If you are lucky enough to do this, you could be looking at hits over many of the 100 win-lines on any spin.
You can retrigger for 3 more spins any time you hit 2+ of the bonus symbols.
All the titles in this range of jackpot pokies have a 3-3-4-4-4 reel setup. 100 win-lines snake through this mismatched grid – though you can spin for just 50c a time and up in multiples of this.
Winning symbols vary among the different titles, though there is a common idea. This puts the animal symbols at the top of the pay table, with the playing cards at the bottom. Animals are generally ranked by how impressive they are – that lion will pay more than a small monkey for example.
Smaller wins are regularly boosted by the logo wilds. If you are lucky enough to trigger even half of the 100 pay lines, you could be looking at some serious pay outs.
These are not the biggest pokies on the casino floor- though the attention to detail of the graphics is excellent (as you’d expect with Ainsworth pokies). There are some nice animations, for example, spinning diamonds which send out shards of light when you trigger the bonus. I also like the way the line hits count up very fast.
Many of the winning symbols also have animations. The tribal chief on Diamond Chief raises his shield and the animals will roar (or at least appear to!). The drumming sounds are more electronic than authentic, though this does not take away from the atmosphere too much. Those rich jungle scenes continue from the reels to the surround.
It is not the jackpot which makes Ainsworth’s Big Chief Mystery pokies stand out. Instead it is the game play, along with the unusual reel setup. I’m sure that those ‘must win by; jackpots will be a welcome addition to anyone’s bankroll. Expanding wild symbols during the free spins bonus give you the biggest winning potential. If you get 3 wild reels with some high paying matching symbols on the first two reels, you might get a pay out worthy of a big chief!