Wed, Jul 10, 9:03pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
Take an exotic island covered in jungles, add a beautiful tribal princess, some wild animals and you have a pokie that is almost complete. Ainsworth added a progressive jackpot, which is paid via a unique 6th reel to complete the game. With detailed graphics, fast and smooth action and plenty of animations for your wins – there is a lot to like about this striking slots game.
You’ll find more than just the unique progressives in this title. The main attraction is the wild symbols which show the Island Princess herself. With plenty of wilds in the base game, and a big boost to their numbers in the free spins bonus, you’ll enjoy plenty of line hits. Here is what to know:
Island Princess uses the Quad Shot progressive jackpot system. Ainsworth use this for other titles too. The Quad Shot jackpots use a special 6th reel. You’ll see this to the left of the regular reels. It shows a gold frame around the centre symbol.
Most of the symbols on this reel are ‘A’ signs, the Ainsworth pokies logo. What you want to see are the blue symbols, which say ‘Quad Shot’. To win one of 4 jackpots, you need to hit a 5 of a kind win on the regular reels, plus get this special symbol inside the frame on reel 6.
When that happens, which jackpot you will win is determined, based on the type of win you got.
Best of all, if you hit more than one win you will win multiple jackpots. This is easy with stacked wilds on the reels.
In regular play, there are stacks of wild symbols showing the exotic tribal princess. These merge into a single graphic when they cover an entire reel. You’ll find them on reels 2 through 5.
Hitting the free spins involves getting 3 coins – which have south American style inscriptions – on the middle 3 reels. That gets you 8 free spins, with 3 more available for 2+ coins while the free spins are running.
The biggest boost during these free spins comes from the added princess symbols. While stacks are in play during the base game, they become a lot more frequent during the bonus feature. This in turn gives you more shots at winning those progressive jackpots, as the 5 of a kind wins are more common. These will mostly be the maxi and mini – the jackpots which pay when wilds are included in the triggering wins.
Only 25 win-lines cross the 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. This is lower than for many Ainsworth pokies – though it does allow for higher coin denominations to be used.
With no wild symbols on the first reel, these symbols can’t create wins. Instead they substitute for the other symbols. The biggest prizes come from the pyramid-style stepped temple; a glittering purple gem follows this. Completing the unique symbols are the leopard, red parrot and bright green snake. The ‘royals’ playing card symbols – each with a bold colour and small embellishment, complete the symbols.
You’ll see green leaves and branches over the top of the reels, which are framed by striking South American style stonework. Wooden poles, lashed together, are used to mark the reels. The sixth reel immediately makes this pokie look unusual. While it is not involved in play much of the time – those times it is involved can be very profitable.
Princess symbols stand out on the reels. There are small versions, and a 3-rows tall version which appears when they cover entire reels. These show a lady with elaborate head-dress. While beautiful, this lady looks powerful – the leader of an ancient tribe.
Having a shot at progressive jackpot prizes every time you spin makes this jungle-themed slot a lot more exciting. The graphics and animations are sharp – as you would expect from Ainsworth. All eyes will be focused on the 6th reel whenever you see a 5 of a kind win appear!