With this Ainsworth series of pokies called ‘World of Jackpots’, I was expecting diverse locations. It turns out that the three slots in this range are all set in the same place. This is the city of Las Vegas – home of gambling. The three pokies share game play – and have the same progressive jackpot symbols. They are Vegas Fever, Vegas Fantasy and Vegas Fortune.
You’ll immediately notice a long list of jackpots and bonuses above the reels. There are 8 prizes to win, with a unique way of hitting them. This is in addition to stacked wilds, and a free spins bonus game. Here are the features which make these games popular in casinos around the world:
Ainsworth have pioneered several unique methods of triggering jackpots. They include frames on the 5th reel, and awards which appear completely at random. For the World of Jackpots pokies, the progressive prizes are tied to 5 of a kind line hits.
If you get a 5 of a kind, you’ll get either a jackpot or a jackpot bonus (which are smaller). Which one you get depends on two factors.
First, whether you included one or more wild symbols in your 5 of a kind hit. If you have a wild, you will win a smaller jackpot bonus. If you don’t have any wilds, you are eligible for the bigger progressives.
Second, the rank of your winning symbol. Taking Vegas Fantasy as an example – 5 of a kind hits with the dice or roulette tables win the biggest (Grand) jackpot, while the Vegas themed symbols get you the major. The minor and mini jackpots come from the higher and lower playing card ‘royals’ symbols.
What I like about this jackpot system is that you can win jackpots multiple times. If you create two identical 5 of a kind wins (for example with wilds helping out), then you get 2x the prize.
Compared to the brand-new jackpot system, the free spins bonus is traditional. This is triggered by hitting 3 or more stacks of poker chips anywhere on the reels. You get 10 free spins, which require 3+ for retriggers.
There are stacked wilds in the base game. These show the game logo. They appear on the middle 3 reels. It is possible to see all 3 reels covered – triggering wins over several win-lines. During the free spins games, these are more stacked than usual, giving your winning chances a boost.
All the World of Jackpots pokies have the same base setup. I have used Vegas Fantasy as an example of this. There are 3 rows of symbols over the usual 5 reels. 50 win-lines cross the reels, and you can bet up to $2.50c per spin on the penny versions (higher denomination versions do exist).
The highest paying symbols show gambling-related items. This game uses a dice in mid-roll, and the partial view of a roulette table. A showgirl, Bellagio fountains and a limo are the next level of winning symbols. There are a lot of playing card symbols on the reels.
Logo wilds, which look like the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, only appear on the middle 3 reels – meaning they can’t create wins on their own.
This is not a new range of pokies, and the graphics do not compete in terms of sparkle with the latest designs. Having said that, all 3 Vegas pokies are bright and fast – and there are plenty of animations involved in the winning combinations.
Above the reels, the top part of the cabinet is dominated by the 4 progressives and 4 jackpot bonuses than you can win via 5 of a kind hits.
The name of the series may be a little misleading, though these three pokies are a lot of fun. With a lively Vegas feel, there is a pace to the game play which you won’t find elsewhere. You’ll not only get paid line prizes for 5 of a kind wins, you get progressives or jackpot bonuses too. With super stacked wilds in the free spins bonus, you could be looking at several bonuses in a row. If you can’t make it to Vegas this time, then the World of Jackpots pokies make for a solid alternative!