Trojan Treasure, Totem Treasure and Haoyun Treasure are three different pokie games from Ainsworth that look at history in various regions and eras. These slots share game play – and can sometimes be found in the same cabinet. Trojan Treasure covers the Trojan war in Ancient Greece, with the famous wooden horse playing an important role. Totem Treasure covers natives of North America and Haoyun Treasure has an historical Asian theme. While none of these titles is new, they are smart and lively – with some entertaining animations.
Stacked wilds are the key similarity in the Multiplay Treasures pokies range. These appear in both the base game and free spins bonus rounds. When you get to the free spins bonuses, those wilds can have multipliers attached. I have based this review on the popular Trojan Treasure game. Here are the key reasons to play:
In the story of the Trojan War, a giant wooden horse was given as a gift to a city under siege. This contained soldiers who opened the gate. While this horse was a ‘fake gift’, in the Trojan Treasure pokies the Trojan horses are a welcome sight.
During the base game you’ll see a horse which can cover all 3 spots on a reel. This is a wild symbol, substituting for everything except the bonus / scatter symbol.
When you do trigger the free spins, a second horse appears. This is the same graphic, only with a red background. This adds a multiplier to your wins, at the same time as acting as a completely wild reel. That can be a profitable combination at times – especially when you get more than one reel wild.
Triggering the free spins requires 3 of the shield bonus symbols. These also have scatter prizes – up to 100x your triggering bet is a great way to start your free spins bonus! You will get 10 free spins to start off with. Retriggers are possible. The Multiplayer Treasures pokies don’t have the easy retriggers with 2 bonus symbols – though you can get a full retrigger with 3+ bonus symbols.
While this is not the most original of bonus features, it does have two things going for it. First, it is relatively frequent. Second, that combination of wild reels and multipliers will always give you the potential for some huge line hits.
Mystery jackpots always add excitement to a game. The system in use for the ‘Treasures’ titles is to have 2 prizes which are relatively small, then add a ‘must pay by’ amount for each. The biggest jackpot starts at $350. It must pay out before it hits $400! While you never know exactly when it will strike, playing when the amount is very close to $400 is a solid strategy move.
No surprises with the setup of these games – all have the regular 5×3 reel grid, along with 50 win-lines. You can bet from 50c a spin, up to a max bet of $2.50c at most casinos. The wilds (totem poles, trojan horses, pagodas) only appear on reels 2 through 5 – so they can’t create wins on their own.
Roman history pokies. Think coins, helmets and temples with solid stone columns and you are on the right lines. Playing card symbols are shared between all the games for those smaller and more regular wins.
None of the designs stand out – especially when you compare them to the amazing animations of more recent Ainsworth pokies. Having said that, they are smart and clear – plenty good enough for an enjoyable slot session.
There are some nice minor touches. For example, a full length trojan horse appears over the reels opening up to spill gold from its chest! Small animations do appear on the reels, though only the higher paying symbols are involved this time.
Fans of Ainsworth pokies will enjoy the solid game play and smart (though not modern) visual effects of these games. With the potential to select your game in the same cabinet, the appeal of the Multiplay Treasures titles will certainly be expanded. Multiplier wilds are always a solid bet for a free spins bonus. When they cover up to 4 reels, you’ll have the opportunity to uncover some ancient treasures of your own.