Wed, Jul 10, 1:11am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:13pm
The Eagle has long time been associated with the USA. This iconic bird of prey was chosen as the emblem of the country by the founding fathers. In this Ainsworth created pokie game, the eagle soars over the American landscape, leaving wins in its wake. Joining the eagle on the slot reels are a wolf, a deer and those bison that used to stampede across the plains. Three eagle eggs also feature, pointing to the circle of life.
Eagle Bucks, as the title suggests, is a game where the appearance of the majestic bird will lead to cash wins (the eagle is the wild symbol). There are two free spins bonus games to enjoy. Look out for the following highlights:
The scatter symbol shows a shield with the title of the slot written across it. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatters across the five reels and you’ll win an immediate 2x, 10x or 100x your total stake, while also activating the free spins too.
You’ll now be awarded one of the following two free spins features.
During these free spins, the eagle will now only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 (as opposed to all 5 reels in the base game). At first this might seem disappointing. However, you’ll quickly realise that every time a wild appears, it will expand to fill the whole reel. With one or two fully wild reels, you could be in line for some very nice wins. The dream spin will see expanding wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4. This will guarantee at least a 4 in a row win on every one of the win lines (if you don’t get bonus symbols on reel 1), with good opportunities for those 5 in a row wins too.
This second free spins options is the same as the first, only with an extra boost. While you still see the expanding wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4, you’ve also got the stacked wild on reel 5, which remains permanently in place. This time around, if you land wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4, you’ll be starting at a 5 in a row win on every one of the win lines.
Eagle Bucks features five reels and 20 win-lines that pay from left to right. During the base game, the eagle appears on all five reels and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the shield scatter. The eagle is also the highest paying symbol in the game, worth 1,000 coins for hitting 5 in a row.
A rock formation with the sun setting behind it pays a top prize of 300 coins, while the wolf pays 200. The deer, the bison and the nest of 3 eagle eggs all pay the same 150 coins for five in a row. The lower end of the pay table features the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A which pay between 50 and 100 coins.
The backdrop to this Ainsworth design shows a sunset scene, with a darkening yellow sky, with trees and bushes in the foreground and a snow-capped mountain in the distance. All you need is a few rock formations added and a herd of buffalo and this would have had everything.
On the transparent grey reels, you’ll find the animal imagery, with the eagle itself standing out with an almost god-like red and orange aura. Land a win with the eagle and you’ll enjoy some added animation. On entering the feature, the reels suddenly become a dark blue, giving the game a very different feel, while an upbeat soundtrack is also added into the mix.
Eagle Bucks is an enjoyable pokie which is well worth a spin. The base game offers up a range of symbols for nature lovers out there, and the opportunities for some nice pay outs, especially when those wilds line up. With two different free spins features, there’s plenty of variety to the game. In both cases you’ve got expanding wilds ready to give you a boost, while in the second feature you’ve got sticky wilds too. If you didn’t like eagles already, you certainly will after playing this pokie!