Thu, Jun 27, 12:53am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
The Grand Fortune series from Ainsworth features two distinct pokie games – Blazin’ Fortune and Roarin’ Fortune. The two slot games have many similarities and share the basic game play. They also share a system of triggering progressive jackpots. However, there is a difference when it comes to the free spins bonus features. Work out which feature you enjoy more and focus on that game.
For the purpose of this review, the focus will be on the Blazin’ Fortune pokie, while any differences appearing on Roarin’ Fortune will be highlighted too. Here are the best features of Blazin’ Fortune:
While playing Blazin’ Fortune, you’ll have the opportunity to win the Major jackpot (usually paying hundreds of dollars) and the Grand jackpot (usually paying thousands of dollars).
The system for winning these will be familiar to fans of Ainsworth pokies. They can be won on any spin by simply landing 5 in a row on any spin – although there is a small twist to make it a little more difficult. On the fifth reel, one or more of the three symbols will appear with a black frame around it. You’ll only win the progressive jackpot, if the symbol on the final reel has that black frame. You’ll also only claim the jackpot if the win contains no wild symbols too.
The Grand jackpot is yours if you claim that 5 in a row win with the high paying themed symbols, while the Major jackpot is won when lining up 5 playing card symbols in a row.
You’ll also find two jackpot bonus prizes. These offer smaller Grand and Major pay outs, and these are yours with the same wins as listed above, only these are paid out if you have a wild in the win line.
Look out for the Phoenix symbols which act as the scatters. Land 3, 4 or 5 and you’ll find yourself with a choice of free games in the Phoenix feature
The first is the Flamin’ Wild feature, which is at its most interesting on the final spin. If you manage to land 2, 3, 4 or 5 phoenix symbols on this spin, you’ll activate 1, 2, 3 or 4 Super spins. Each of these spins features 120 wilds added to reels 2, 3 and 4, offering the promise of some amazing wins.
You can also choose the ‘Replace Wild’ feature, where wild stacks appear on reels 2 and 4. Here, you’ll also given the chance to start the feature all over again with one more pick in the Phoenix Feature.
In the Roarin’ Fortune version of the game, you have the Flamin’ Wild feature as an option, alongside the Stacked Wild feature which sees wilds stacked on reel 5 on every spin.
Blazin’ Fortune is a five-reel pokie that features 20 win-lines that pay from left to right. The phoenix appears on the reels, alongside symbols such as a golden ingot, firecrackers and gold coins.
At the lower end of the pay table you’ll find the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. The flaming wild symbol will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the phoenix scatter, leading to additional and bigger wins.
The mix of symbols in this game gives Blazin’ Fortune an Asian feel, especially when you land a phoenix and see the impressive animations on the reels. The action all plays out against a deep red background, complete with ornate golden patterns. The same impressive design appears on Roarin’ Fortune too, with a different array of symbols adorning the reels of that game.
The Grand Fortune duo of games from Ainsworth offer an exciting experience – alongside impressive graphics work. With those progressive jackpots on offer, there is an added electricity, especially knowing the fact that you can win these directly in the base game. The added free spins feature is a nice boost. Each game offers the choice of two features, with each giving the player a chance to land some very nice wins – especially in the Super spins. Both Blazin’ Fortune and Roarin’ Fortune are top quality pokies, so take your pick!