This pokie is one of a series from Ainsworth Technology themed around the animals used in the Chinese calendar. The full title is ’Year of the Snake’. The ‘Mystery’ part of the name refers to the Mystery Jackpots system, which covers many Ainsworth pokie titles. This slot game features a bright gold snake, which is the bonus symbol. It comes to life on the reels – and is joined by other Asian pokie classics like firecrackers and lucky red envelopes.
There are two interesting features as well as those instant jackpot awards. These are stacked wild symbols, which can cover up to 4 reels, and special symbols which can add free spins bonuses or change other adjacent symbols. Here are the highlights of the Year of the Snake Mystery pokies:
While many other pokies take you through a picks game or special feature before you are awarded a jackpot – Ainsworth keep things simple for their Mystery jackpot pokies.
After any spin, you could see the reels disappear, an old-fashioned alarm bell sound, and you’ll be awarded a progressive. While the Snake Mystery jackpot is not life-changing, that $5k starting point for the largest of the progressives is certainly worth hitting! Mystery Jackpot pokies are multi denomination. The smaller prizes will increase as you raise your coin size, though the biggest (Grand) jackpot will not.
Golden snakes are the bonus symbol for this game. They come with scatter wins (up to 100x your triggering bet) as well as triggering the free spins. You start off with 15 free spins this time. There is a counter just below the reels on the right. This keeps track of your remaining spins – and will be added to if you get retriggers. Those retriggers come with more snake symbols (you get 5 extra spins for just 2), or via the firecrackers. Special firecracker symbols only appear on reel 3. They will sometimes say ‘+1’ adding an extra spin to your total.
There are two benefits added during this free spins bonus. First, you get stacked wilds on reels 2 through 4. It is common to see more than one completely wild reel. Second, those special firecracker symbols can change other symbols – adding to your wins. They will sometimes create an extra wild reel.
You get a choice of denominations and coin sizes with this game. The default over the 5×3 set of reels is 50 win-lines.
Bigger winning symbols are Asian classics. They include jade boxes, red lanterns and drums. Red envelopes are considered lucky. They are certainly lucky in the Year of the Snake pokies – acting as wild symbols. It is possible to get these covering entire reels. If you get them completely covering reels 2 through 5, you could be looking at 50x 5 of a kind wins.
The smaller prizes come via playing card fillers.
Ainsworth have not strayed too far from the standard Asian pokie design elements with their Year of the Snake game. This is gold and red overall. The backs of the reels are golden during the base game, going to red during the free spins.
Snakes are the stand-out symbol. This looks nothing like a real snake, it is made completely out of gold and adorned with sparkling gems. When it triggers the bonus games it comes to life, snaking on the reels in a life-like way. The other symbols are smart, and many of them are drawn in a lot of detail. There are only limited animations apart from the snake – for example bolts shooting from the +1 firecrackers to add to your free spins total.
Sounds are a mix of Asian electronic tunes, and the standard clicks and jingles that fans of Ainsworth pokies will be familiar with.
With so many Ainsworth Technologies pokies having a solid base game and one free spins ‘twist’, this was a great candidate for the Mystery Jackpots range. Having the chance to win a fairly big jackpot prize at random after any spin adds that much needed extra element. Stacked wild symbols and special firecrackers on reel 3 do make the free spins bonus worth hitting. Add to this easy retriggers, and you have an enjoyable Asian themed pokie, which certainly benefits from those random Mystery Jackpots.