When it comes to pokies themed on Hawaii, there are two distinct types. Some go the scary tiki masks route – featuring jungle drums and volcanoes spewing molten lava. Others take slide guitars, grass skirts, garlands of flowers and tropical beaches as the theme instead. As you’ll quickly find out when you play Aloha Island, this pokie is in the ‘beaches’ category!
This is an older pokie. It is a single square screen setup, not one of the big cabinet spectaculars you find in many live casinos. There are still some great reasons to check it out. These include random wilds in the base game, wild reels in the bonus game – and that feel-good theme. Here are the highlights:
There is no missing the bonus symbols in Aloha Island. These show a tropical beach scene, with the word ‘Free Games’ written on top. You need 3 to trigger the free spins bonus game. When you hit this, the screen gets covered in pink flowers, which disappear revealing a message showing that you won 5 free spins.
This is lower than many bonus games – though there are two reasons not to be too disappointed.
First, each spin sees a completely wild reel picked at random. These reels will combine with any regular wild symbols. Hopefully they connect multiple wins.
Second, each time you hit a free games symbol; you get one extra free spin. These are reasonably common – and can extend your bonus games over and over. This bonus will end when you reach the maximum 50 spins, or if you simply run out of free spins. The flowers then make a second appearance, this time revealing your total free spins win.
While the wild reels are for the free spins bonus game only. Regular and 2x wilds can make an appearance in the base game. These simply appear on the reels, fading in on top of regular symbols. They will work together with the regular ‘symbol’ wilds which appear on the reels. As the name suggests, a 2x wild will double any win which it becomes part of.
For a 5×3 reel setup, you have a lot of win-lines in play. There are a full 50 lines crossing from left to right – making it very difficult to miss a win-line. As with most Bally pokies, you won’t be able to adjust the number of win-lines. You simply choose your stake (from 1c per line and up) and hit the spin button.
If you are playing Aloha Island online, you can take advantage of the auto-play option. This lets you spin up to 100 times without clicking. This auto-play will stop once you get the bonus feature.
Big wins come from the wild symbols, which say ‘Aloha Wild’ on them. The other higher paying symbols are all aquatic. You’ll find shells, oysters (with obligatory pearls), parrots and two different types of tropical fish making up the bigger wins.
Playing card ‘royal’ symbols, aces down to jacks are in place for the smaller wins.
This is a smart and colourful pokie, though as an older game it does not compete with todays stunning graphics and animations. What I liked best about this game is not the graphics, but the sound. There is the sound of waves rolling up a beach, plus that distinctive Hawaiian guitar playing while you enjoy the bonus.
Add to this some major splashes of colour from the garlands of pink flowers, plus sea-life themed symbols, and you have a solid, cheerful pokie design.
With today’s pokies becoming increasingly complex, there is definitely a place for a relaxing session on Aloha Island. This is the kind of game to chill with, enjoying the tropical atmosphere and gentle music effects. There are still opportunities to win big. The best of these comes when the free spins kick in. With a wild reel on every spin, plus plenty of chances of extending the bonus (one spin at a time), you could be shouting ‘Aloha’ to a big win!