Ainsworth have many groups of pokies under individually named jackpot systems. With the Big Hit Jackpots, there is only one pokie available – Big Hit Thunder. Luckily, this is an excellent slot game. It is set in a dense jungle, which judging by the design of the symbols is somewhere in South America. Symbols include tribal masks, a bright green snake coiled around a branch and a waterfall scene.
As well as a shot at winning one of 4 progressive prizes – this game has a unique free spins round. That involves the addition of a 6th reel, which can multiply your wins. Here are the highlights of the Big Hits Thunder pokies:
After triggering the free spins bonus with 3+ of the logo symbols, the reels will transform completely. This will give you a chance to count your scatter prize (up to 50x your bet for 5 in view). When the foliage clears, you’ll see an extra reel has been added on the right. This is red and shows a hand imprint design. Among the red hands are new wild symbols, which show multipliers of up to 5x. These will apply to any 5 of a kind win which includes them on the 6th reel.
This is not the only big change to the reels. Instead of the lower paying playing card symbols on reels 1 to 5, you now have green hands. This makes the tribal / animal symbols (which are the highest paying) stand out.
You get 10 free spins to start with. Ainsworth have used the regular easy retriggers system, with 3 more spins being added for just 2 logo symbols.
These pokies have 4 levels of jackpot – all of which are progressive, rising until someone wins them. Ainsworth used the 5th reel frame system for triggering this jackpot. If you watch the 5th reel closely, you’ll see some symbols at random have blue frames on the corners.
The idea is that 5 of a kind wins which include a framed symbol will trigger one of the jackpots. There is a hierarchy of wins as follows:
Best of all, it is possible to win more than one jackpot from a single spin – this is more common when you get both wilds and framed symbols involved.
This pokie uses a fixed 50 win-line configuration. These cross over a standard 5 reel, 3-row grid. Bets are in increments of 50c, up to $2.50c max outside of high limit rooms.
Wild symbols are in play. These show a gorilla. This symbol appears on all the reels and will substitute for any regular (not the logo) symbol to create extra wins. You will see the gorilla stacked at times. Other high paying symbols include a mask and a shield, which are slightly oversized for the reels. Unique symbols are completed by the waterfall and the snake.
Playing cards make up the smaller wins – disappearing during the free spins bonus games.
A dense covering of leaves around the reels, as well as the distinctive symbols, give an intensive deep jungle feel to this game. My pick of the symbols is the gorilla. This wild symbol comes to life when involved in a win. It will stand up and beat its chest – like a prototypical King Kong. The snake looks poised to strike. It is a poisonous-looking shade of green.
When you get the free spins, the view changes completely. The green and red hands, along with that extra reel, are accompanied by a tribal drumming sound.
Ainsworth have combined a popular jackpot winning system with a new game here to good effect. The 5 of a kind plus frame system allows for progressives to be awarded without interfering with the main game. You’ll also find one of the more unusual free spins games. With extra reels and big multipliers, this has the potential to give you a big (line) hit!