Thu, Jun 27, 12:51am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:20pm
Fire Money and Ice Money are a pair of pokies from Ainsworth that have recently hit the casino floor. The games are linked by a progressive jackpot and share similar game play, while the two themes are direct opposites. For the purpose of this review, Ice Money will be the focus – the two slot themes offer the same features and setup, with simply the symbols and distinctive designs reflecting the difference between the two.
Ice Money is an exciting game with a variety of bonus features. There is a chance to combine stacked symbols with wild multipliers for the chance to win some very big prizes – as well as progressive jackpots. Here are the standout features of the game:
Throughout the game you’ll find a stacked diamond symbol appearing on reels 2, 3 and 4. The bonus action begins when you land a stacked diamond symbol landing flush on the reels, filling an entire reel.
The reels will now transform to show the stacked reel, alongside the other reels that will now contain just diamonds or blanks. Each of these other reels will spin and you’ll be hoping to land at least one more full reel of diamonds (this is that much easier at this point due to the diamonds being the only symbols in the game). If you land a further full reel, you’ll then receive another free respin and this will continue, with the chance of filling all five reels with the diamonds.
At the end of the feature, the full stacked diamond reels will spin again. This time, however, you’ll receive either an instant cash credit win, or one of the four progressive jackpots. There are four jackpots in all – the Grand, Major, Minor and Mini.
To have a chance at winning the Grand jackpot you’ll need to fill all five reels with those diamonds. You’ll now hope to reveal the letters G, R, A, N and D on the five reels to win the biggest prize of all.
To enter the free spins bonus feature you’ll need to land the frozen dollar sign symbol three times or more across any of the five reels. This will now see you awarded with 10 free spins.
These free spins play out in a similar way to the base game, with the real focus here on retriggering. If you do manage to land three or more bonus symbols, you’ll receive a further 5 free spins, while the ‘Ice Money’ feature will kick in. This will see the wild symbols on reel 3 with added multipliers of 2x, 4x or even 8x. Your biggest wins in the game are likely to come in these spins.
Ice Money features the popular five-reel set up with a total of 30 win-lines that pay from left to right. Stacked snowflake wilds feature throughout the game, giving the opportunity of wins across many of those lines. A polar bear is the highest paying symbol, while a walrus, a huskie and a penguin also feature on the reels. Interestingly, a small fire also features, in a nod to the other linked theme. The playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A complete the low end of the pay table.
Ice permeates the design of this Ainsworth designed pokie. The game features an electric blue colour scheme, with the diamonds dripping with ice the standout symbol (while also offering the potential of a jackpot pay).
The Fire Money version of the game plays in the same way, although all of the symbols are obviously different, featuring flaming dollar signs, fiery lions and eagles – although the icy diamonds still appear for those jackpot wins.
Whichever version of the game you play, whether Fire or Ice, there is a lot to like about these pokies. The base games are entertaining enough, especially with those stacked wilds giving you some fine opportunities on every spin. Enter the free spins and you could see those wild multipliers kick into play too. However, it’s the progressive jackpots that are the most enticing – so will on those diamond symbols to fill the reels – and enjoy the jackpot action.