Ainsworth like to have different games that share a big progressive jackpot. Examples of this idea include the Golden Cash pokies and Firepower Jackpots games. Big Hit Bonanza extends this concept a little. The slots which share both the core game play and progressives have very different themes. These are Enchanted Eyes, Panda Fortune, Vegas Delights and Mystic Moon.
What these games share is a hybrid of a free spins bonus game and hold and spin feature. You can win the biggest of 4 jackpots in this feature. When the free spins start, each game has a unique way of making this more interesting. There are also random awards of the 3 lower jackpots. Here is what makes the Big Hit Bonanza pokies worth looking up:
On many hold and spin bonuses, 5 or 6 special symbols anywhere on the reels are needed to trigger the feature. On the Big Hit Bonanza pokies, you need to cover reels 2 and 4 instead. The symbols are different depending on the theme. For example, Mystic Moon uses full moons and Vegas Delights uses black casino chips.
Instead of cash awards, each of the 6 symbols shows a number of free spins. Most of these are 1 or 2.
The hold and spin works the same as on a growing number of other pokies. You get 3 spins, and you need to hit the spin button to trigger each one. Any time you get another special symbol, you win more cash and your remaining spins resets to 3. You keep going until you run out of spins – or cover all 15 spots on the reels. If you cover all the spaces, you win the Grand progressive jackpot. This is seeded at $5,000.
With most pokies, the end of your hold and spin sees you return to the base game. On the Big Hit Bonanza titles, you are just getting started.
You now go to the free spins games. Each of which have different ideas to keep the games fresh. Stacked wild symbols appear in Enchanted Eyes, sticky wild reels in Mystic Moon, chips with cash awards appear in Vegas Delights and multiplier wilds in Panda Fortune.
As well as the Grand, which is won via the hold and spin bonus, you can win 3 other jackpots on this group of pokies. Winning these is quick and easy. On some random spins you’ll see special ‘bonus’ symbols on the middle 3 reels. If you get all 3, you win one of the bonuses at random.
Each game comes with a choice of denomination from 1c through to 10c. You will see the size of the bonuses increase as you go up the denominations. You can select the number of win-lines to cross the 5×3 grid of reels – with your spin amount being the lines x coins at your denomination.
Winning symbols are different in each theme. What the games share are stacked wilds (and playing card filler symbols). Those wilds include pandas and a lady wearing a veil.
Each pokie has a unique design. While these have the hallmarks of Ainsworth Technologies (they are both smart and lively), none stand out on crowded casino floors. The progressive jackpots are at the top of the cabinet. You will see the mini, minor and major prizes change as you switch between the denominations.
While many of the designs look basic, this does not take away from the excitement in the hold and spin features. Ainsworth are masters at making the spins last just long enough to have you on the edge of your seat. They hit the reels with those distinctive clicking noises.
Despite the older graphics, I liked this group of 4 pokies. They are completely different themes, sharing a jackpot and odd hybrid hold and spin / free spins bonus. You can switch between the themes, enjoying the familiar aspects of the jackpot game play. What is different between the titles is the way the free spins bonuses work. With a mix of stacked, sticky and multiplier wilds, there is plenty to keep you entertained.