Thu, Jul 18, 9:15pm by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:12pm
Based on the name, I was expecting a bonus where wild reels moved around. While this has been done by other pokie studios, Roaming Reels from Ainsworth uses a different bonus feature. The ‘roaming’ in the slot title refers to the African plains. You can’t miss the top symbol. A huge lion stares down at you from the top of the cabinet in a live casino. This big cat is joined by an ostrich, antelope and zebra on the reels. When you win with the lion, you’ll hear a deep roar.
Stacked wild reels give you a shot at 50-line hits at once with Roaming Reels. These appear in different places during the bonus feature – boosting your winning chances. With scatter prizes if you to 100x your bet, there is plenty to like about this beautifully designed pokie:
Trees showing a fiery orange African sunset have been used on pokies before. The detail level and rich colours of the ones you’ll find on Roaming Reels make them stand out. There are prizes which stand out too, if you are lucky enough to trigger with 5 of them. Here is what you’ll get:
You can retrigger for more spins with 3+ during the feature. You will get the scatter prizes listed above, though only 5 more spins are added to your total.
During the free spins, lion wild symbols appear stacked on reels 1, 3 and 5. This is a change from their base game positions (3, 4 and 5) and makes a bigger difference than you might expect.
With wilds on the last 3 reels, you need to match up symbols on reels 1 and 2 to make use of them. This could be frustrating. If 3 wilds covered 3, 4 and 5 – and you had no matches on the left, you’d waste them for that spin.
If you get stacked wilds on 1 and 3, then you are certain to have a lot of line hits. This could be all 50 if there are no tree bonus symbols on reel 2. You’ll be hoping for higher paying animal symbols – and for matches on reels 4 and 5 (or wild lions on reel 5) to link things up.
Paw prints are stacked during the free spins. This gives you a shot at covering all of the reels with a mix of the paw prints and lions for a 50x line hit.
Ainsworth use their regular pokie setup – 5 reels, 3 rows and 50 win-lines. You can add a bet multiplier of up to 5x in most casinos (higher bets are available online and in high limit pokies areas).
Lions will not be able to line up from the left without gaps. This passes the role of the highest paying symbol to the fiery looking map of Africa. Next comes the zebra, ostrich and antelope. Paw prints are stacked (during the free spins) and complete the unique symbols. No Ainsworth pokie would be complete without those ‘Royals’ playing card symbols for the smaller hits.
What Roaming Reels lacks in variety of game play – it makes up for in rich colours. The background shows a glowing orange sunset. If you look closely, you’ll see those distinctive tall African trees on the plains. In live casinos the lions, green eyes staring at you, look down from the upper screen.
All the animals are detailed. The antelope looks to the left, while the others look to the right. When you win with lion wilds, they become animated. Roaring with short animations. Africa map symbols and the scatter trees are also beautifully detailed.
This is a simple yet enjoyable addition to the Ainsworth range. The colours and designs are rich and detailed – one of the better African savanna pokies out there. Stacked lion wilds are the main attraction for the base game. The combination of moving these to different reels, and stacked symbols during the free spins bonus gives you a shot at bigger hits.