Tue, May 14, 2:48am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
5 Treasures from Bally is one of a long list of games ‘inspired by’ the most famous Asian pokie of them all – 88 Fortunes from Aristocrat. The design differs in the small details, though the overall similarity is impossible to miss. This include choosing tiles which reveal traditional made-up babies for the jackpot bonus games, and the pot filling with gold coins while you play.
The key difference is in the free spins bonus. Here you get a choice of which high paying symbols to have stacked on the reels. 5 Treasures has a stunning detailed design. Familiar icons like dragons and koi carp can be found on the reels. Here are 5 great reasons to try out this Asian themed pokie:
There is a twist to the usual ‘3+ bonus symbols anywhere’ trigger for standard pokie bonus games. Here you need the symbols on consecutive reels from the left. The bonus symbols show a red and gold doorway. Unlike with many pokies, the patterned wild symbols will substitute for these bonus symbols too.
When the free spins are triggered, you’ll see a screen offering a choice of stacked symbols. In many games the value of the symbol affects the number of free spins you get. 5 Treasures always starts with 6 free spins. The symbol you choose has more or fewer extras added to the reels depending on the value of it. Here are the options:
With the dragons being the highest paying symbol, this is a balance of value and the probability of hitting multiple stacked symbols from each spin.
Those wilds and bonus symbols are still in play during your free games. This makes it possible to both retrigger for more free spins, and trigger the jackpot picks game.
Above the reels you will see an ornate gold pot, which contains gold coins. Each time you hit a patterned wild symbol, and animation takes a coin up to the pot – adding to the pile. Most of the time the coins just keep increasing. What you want to see is the pot rattle and then close.
When this happens, you have won one of 4 progressive jackpot prizes. To win them you enter a picks round. There are 15 tiles, and you keep picking them, revealing babies wearing traditional Asian make up / costume. Each baby is associated with a progressive jackpot. The first time you hit 3, that is the prize you win.
When you return to the reels, the bowl is now empty – ready to collect gold coins again.
5 Treasures uses a variation of all-ways wins called ‘Reel Ways’. There are 243 winning combinations as a default.
Winning symbols are topped by the golden dragons, with the other animals following these. Playing cards (with the obligatory Asian font) are used for the smaller prizes.
With a red and gold background and that distinctive pot above the reels, you might mistake this for 88 Fortunes the first time you see it. When you look closer, you’ll see that the symbols are more detailed than on that classic pokie. These are created with a lot of gold and will come to life in small animations when they are involved in wins.
The soundtrack is a mix of the electronic beeps and whirrs you find on many Bally Pokies, and traditional Asian tunes.
While I can’t fault the game-play and design, this is a little too close to many other Asian themed pokies to be truly original. Most of the features are instantly familiar, including collecting coins, picking babies and Asian symbols. What is different is that you pick the number of stacked symbols for your bonus rounds – with the higher paying symbols appearing less often. If you do get a full screen of a high paying symbol, you could be looking at some big line hits!