Thu, Jun 27, 1:00am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
There are now two versions of the Stacked Up pokies from Ainsworth. The original slots used gems as the key symbols, with diamonds having an important role in the bonus feature. There is now a version themed on the famous Rio carnival. This includes dancers in costume and musical instruments. Both have the same intensive feel – with just about every element animated or sparkling in some way.
While the Stacked Up pokies are a little bit of a ‘one trick pony’, this is a very good ‘trick’. When you get to the free spins bonus, you’ll get plenty of wild reels to connect wins. You will also have the chance of spinning over 2 or 3 separate sets of reels for every spin. Topping it all are 5 different progressive jackpots. Here is how these dynamic pokies stack up:
Triggering the free spins needs 3+ of the orange ‘Stacked Up!’ symbols anywhere on the reels. These symbols also come with scatter wins.
You’ll get 10 free spins to start with – though you can retrigger for more. Compared to the base games of the two titles, there are some noteworthy differences.
Both ways of giving you extra wilds can result in 3+ reels turning completely wild. The Stacked Up pokies have the potential for 50-line wins in the free spins features.
If you get 3 more of the Stacked Up symbols in any spin, two things happen. First, you get 5 extra free spins added to your current total. Second, you unlock a 2nd or 3rd set of reels. These extra reels are shown above the active set from the start. When they unlock, you get double chances of winning on every spin. Each set of reels has the same 5×3 grid with 50 win-lines.
Once you unlock the 2nd set, you have two shots on each spin of getting those extra symbols to unlock the 3rd. 3 of the Stacked Up symbols when you already have 3 sets of reels running will simply get you 5 more free spins.
Ainsworth rarely stray too far from the traditional 5×3 grid setup in the base game. This title is no exception. You can change the denomination from 1c through to 10c – and adjust the number of win-lines if you wish. As you switch denomination, the random jackpots above reels will move up or down.
Gems are the highest paying symbols in the original game. These are topped by the diamonds, which do come stacked in the base game (though only expand in the free spins). Rubies and sapphires follow, with playing cards providing the smaller wins.
In the Rio version the top (and very stacked) symbol shows the city and mountain as if viewed from the sea. Other symbols include the dancer, bongo drums and maracas. Again, expect the playing cards for your smallest wins.
With Ainsworth pokies, you can expect a lot of movement. Stacked Up is no exception, with multiple animations and sparkles flying in from every angle. The base game features smart artwork and lively music, though it is the free spins bonus where this game really comes to life.
The 3 sets of reels (two are covered at the start) tower above you on the reels. With the Rio version the reels get covered in swirling pink designs after some spins. When these patterns disappear, you’ll see beautifully detailed dancers covering entire reels. The diamonds expand, throwing off sparks of light as they do so – they also cover entire reels.
These games are all about the free spins features. With a shot at 3 sets of reels, each giving you the opportunity for more than one completely wild reel, the big win potential should be clear. Add to this the easy way to extend your bonus with 3 sets of reels to hit 3 bonus symbols on, and you could be looking at wins that require your cash to stack up!