At the moment, there is only one pokie under the latest jackpot ‘range’ from Ainsworth Technology. The game is called Safari Spirit, with the 4-level random progressive jackpot system called ‘Jackpot Dynasty’. If you are following the latest remake of the Dynasty TV show, you’ll need to look elsewhere for some slots action – as these are simply random progressive jackpots!
Safari Spirit is beautifully designed and produced. It is classic Ainsworth – packing a lot of win-lines into a smaller reel setup. The highlight is a free spins bonus feature, here there are even more stacked wild symbols in play. This gives you two ways to win big, multi-line hits, and those Jackpot Dynasty progressives. Here is that to look out for when you play:
If you are a fan of Ainsworth pokies, I’m sure you know the drill with bonus feature triggers. You need 3 or more of the pokie logo symbols anywhere in view. You get 15 free spins this time, and scatter wins on top. If you trigger with 5, you’ll start your free spins with 50x your triggering bet.
During the base game, elephant wilds connect with the other regular symbols. These are wilds, and so will substitute for any symbol to create extra wins. With 100 win-lines in place, a couple of well-placed elephants can create several wins over different lines.
In the free spins bonus there are noticeably more wilds. These come stacked on all the reels, giving you a shot at covering all 5 reels at once. They also appear individually. If you are lucky enough to cover 4 or 5 reels, you could be looking at a mega-win – with 100 line prizes being paid at once.
You can retrigger for 5 more free spins each time with 3+ of the logo scatters. While this is not the most ‘interesting’ variation of free spins from Ainsworth, it certainly has a lot of potential.
With the biggest of the 4 jackpots seeded at $5k and building from there, you’ll look forward to triggering them. These are random jackpots and will pay at any denomination. They keep the standard names used by Ainsworth on their jackpot pokies. Those are mini, minor, major and grand. You’ll hear those familiar ‘double bell’ sounds when these are won.
100 win-lines is a lot to cram in over a regular 5×3 set of reels. I like the way that Ainsworth have made the minimum bet 50 coins for all 100 lines. This keeps Safari Spirit within reach of smaller bankroll players. If you add a multiplier (or raise the denomination) you can bet much more.
Elephant wilds are the symbols you’ll want to see on the reels. As well as creating wins with the other symbols, they have the single highest prize. With a safari theme, the other high paying symbols will not come as a surprise, lions, leopards and savannah sunset views all feature. Playing cards have their usual dual role. They make the reels feel less crowded – and supply those smaller and more regular wins.
Underneath the reels you’ll see the deep orange and pink of an African sunset – along with a pair of giraffes wandering by. The highlight design-wise is certainly the elephant wilds. These are slightly too big for their spaces on the reels. When involved in a win, the elephant tilts its head back, raises its trunk and does an excellent trumpet!
The other animals also have small animations when they get involved in wins. Overall this is a newer and livelier design than many Ainsworth pokies. What is lacks in depth of features, it certainly makes up in animations and high-quality designs.
A solid pokie, with a solid (random) 4-level progressive jackpot system. In many ways, this is the base setup for Ainsworth. The only difference is the extra win-lines (100, rather than the usual 50) which you can spin for just 50c. When you get the free spins bonus, the chance of hitting big wins shoots up. Stacked elephant wilds play an important role in the base game. They are extra stacked in the main bonus feature – giving you potential for jumbo sized wins.