There are now 3 different pokies in the Legends Series from Ainsworth Technology. These are Legends of Africa, Legends of Asia and the newest title – Legends of New York. It is the New York game which features in this review. The other slot titles have the same game play – and will also get a mention below.
As usual for Ainsworth pokies there are free spins and quick-fire progressive jackpots in play. This free spins bonus is given a welcome boost by some special new multiplier wild symbols. Here are the highlights of the Legend Series pokies:
A lot of different names have been given to winning systems on pokies which dispense with win-lines. The default is ‘All Ways’. I have also seen ‘Reel Ways’, ‘Lucky Ways’ and others. Crazy Ways is the same concept. Any matching symbols over consecutive reels from the left are winners. If you have the same symbol on 3 reels, you win. If it is on all 5 reels, you have a 5 of a kind regardless of the exact position of the symbols. Add in a wild, and you can get 2x 5-of a kind wins – and so on.
With a 5×3 reel grid, you get 243 winning combinations. The big advantage is that you will never ‘miss’ a win-line by having the symbols in the wrong places. With wins easier to hit, the prizes need to be smaller to compensate.
Bonus symbols are shared between all the pokies in the Legends Series. These show an old-style explorer’s compass. You need 3+ to win 10 free spins. You can also win up to 50x your triggering bet if you are lucky enough to trigger with all 5.
There are some extras for the free spins which are worth looking out for. First, the baby alligator symbols will transform into the high paying bigger alligator (which is pictured coming out of the sewer).
An even bigger boost comes via special Statue of Liberty symbols which appear on reels 2 and 4. These are extra wilds and have win multipliers of between 2x to 3x. They will multiply any win they become a part of – and best of all will work together. If you connect a 4 of a kind win (or even a 5 of a kind) with both when they say 3x, you get 9x what is on the pay table.
You can retrigger for 3 more spins each time with 2+ of the compass symbols.
While there are jackpots to be won on the Legend Series pokies – these are not the stuff of legends. There is a minor jackpot in the $20 range, and a major which goes up to $400. They do add a little excitement to the base game, as you never know when one will randomly drop in.
This game uses the standard Ainsworth setup of a 5×3 grid for the reels. While the 243 winning combinations are available on every spin via the ‘Crazy Ways’ system, you can bet in increments of just 50c.
Higher paying symbols show animals and iconic sites for all the places featured in the Legends series. For New York these are yellow cabs, sewer alligators, cops and trains. Dragons and koi feature on the Asian game, with safari-animals on the African version.
Wild symbols are in play, these show the logo of each game. These are stacked. They can cover a lot of spots on the reels on some lucky spins.
These are smart and sharp designs, though not the top-quality HD effects of the most recent Ainsworth pokies. New York has a 1980’s legends feel to it. The Asian game throws all the classic Asian pokie symbols into the mix. There are some good effects, look out for those transforming symbols in the free spins bonus!
Another group of solid, entertaining pokies from Ainsworth. The standout for this series is not the design or even the transforming symbols. For me, having wild multipliers which work together during the free spins bonus is what makes the difference. With up to 9x on every spin, you could be booking a trip to New York with your winnings!