The ‘Lucky Ways’ pokies range from Ainsworth consists of two distinct slot games – ‘Grand Emperor’ and ‘Lion’s Pride’. Each game utilises the all ways winning format, allowing you 243 ways to win on every spin. The games play out in a very similar way, although there are differences when it comes to the bonus features, and of course, the design. Choose which design or which of the features you prefer and go with that one.
For this review, the focus will be on Grand Emperor. This Asian themed Lucky Ways pokie has an interesting take on wins for its free spins bonus. The differences between the two Lucky Ways games will be highlighted too. Here are the main features of Grand Emperor:
‘Lucky Ways’ is the Ainsworth version of the all-ways winning system. Under this format, wins will come when you land matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right, while the position on the reels is not important. This is different to win-lines pokies, where you’ll need to line up those symbols in specific places. In total this gives you 243 ways to win on each and every spin when a 5×3 grid is used for the reels.
Look out for the scatter symbols which shows a huge Asian palace, complete with golden levels as the palace rises into the sky. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols and you’ll win 2x, 10x or 50x your total stake. 3 or more scatters also wins you entry into the free spins bonus feature.
During the free spins you’ve got an extra bonus as any time you win one of the regular ‘mixed pay’ prizes (detailed below) it will be doubled. The free spins feature can be retriggered at any time too, with an additional 5 free spins added to your existing total any time you land three or more additional scatters.
In the Lion’s Pride version of the game you’ll receive the same 8 free spins and retriggers. However, here you’ll find a bonus wheel randomly displaying a multiplier of up to 10x to boost any win.
At some casinos you’ll find progressive jackpot opportunities linked between the two versions of the game. These can be awarded randomly at any time. There’s a Grand jackpot which pays out thousands of dollars and the minor jackpot which pays hundreds of dollars.
This Lucky Ways pokie plays out on the popular 5×3 reel format. For those 243 ways to win you’ll pay 40 credits per spin. The highest paying symbol in the game is a golden dragon, worth 800 coins when it appears on all five reels. A golden beast pays 500 coins, while a gold ingot is worth 400 coins. A pair of serpents are each worth 200 coins.
You’ll also receive a mixed pay of up to 100 coins when you land a combination of any of the five symbols on a win line (this will be doubled in the free spins feature). Completing the symbols are the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
The Emperor himself acts as the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter.
Grand Emperor has a vibrant Asian design with a colourful painted backdrop showing splashes of blue and red. The reels have a pale background in the base game. This changes during the feature to a dark red colour, adding intensity to the look and feel. The Emperor himself is the standout symbol, as he looks over the reels with his stern face, piercing eyes and Samurai style costume.
Lion’s Pride is a world apart from Grand Emperor, this game set on safari and featuring a range of animals on the reels, while still featuring the vibrant energy of its pokie partner.
The Lucky Ways range from Ainsworth offers a pair of exciting and all-action casino pokie games. With those 243 winning chances, you’re never going to be far from a win -especially with those mixed pays for even more regular wins. Progressive jackpots always add a nice level of excitement too if you’re indeed playing on a jackpot pokie. The free spins features are the highlights, with win multipliers available in each of the games, but still different enough to set them apart.