Tue, May 14, 3:25am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
Not only will you find graphics covering all things surfing in this Bally pokie – there is some classic surf-guitar for the soundtrack too. There are plenty of fun clichés on the reels. These include the obligatory original VW Camper van, a pair of sandals, sunscreen / towel combination and a beautiful blonde. You’ll find this lady on a symbol – and if you play the live casino version of Cash Wave – a bigger version smiling down from the cabinet.
Cash Wave features a short and sweet free spins bonus game. Here the ocean plays a big role, with waves washing right across the reels. Wilds and stacked symbols help to keep the base game wins coming in. Here are the highlights of the Cash Wave pokies:
When a pokie only gives you 5 free spins when you trigger the bonus games, it generally means one of two things. First, there is some way to add spins to your total (for example with special symbols). Second, there is something which gives this small number of free spins plenty of big win potential.
For Cash Wave from Bally – it is the second option. This free spins round can be very profitable. You need symbols saying ‘Free Games’ on the middle 3 reels. The waves then complexly wash the reels away, revealing a bluer version of the reel setup.
Before the first spin, a giant breaker smashes over the reels – turning reel 5 wild. The reels then spin, before the wave appears once more. Now both reels 4 and 5 are wild for the next spin. This means that any 3 of a kind wins are promoted to 5 of a kind!
As the remaining spins progress, the paired wild reels move one to the left each time. The final two spins see them on reels 2 and 3 – then 1 and 2. Both setups mean that 40x 3 of a kind wins are available.
This bonus feature can’t be retriggered, as the bonus symbols don’t appear. This has a hidden advantage that single symbols can’t block those multi-line wins.
You’ll find 40 win-lines in play this time. Like on most Bally pokies, players can’t adjust this number. That leaves your bet amount as the thing you can change. Bets start at 40c and go up in multiples of this.
Symbols are stacked on the reels. This will mean covering more than one reel in a single type of symbol is common. There are also regular wild symbols, simple boxes with the word ‘wild’, which can connect those multi-line wins.
The lady surfer (or maybe life-guard?) is the highest paying symbol. You’ll also collect bigger prizes from the yellow VW camper van, pair of sandals and towel / sunscreen.
There are a lot of filler symbols on this pokie. These are the ‘royals’, playing card symbols in bold colours. Aces down to 9’s are in play on Cash Wave.
This is a simple single-screen design, with a static top part to the cabinet if you are playing in a live casino. That top section has the huge face of the blonde lady looking down at you – which certainly catches the eye on the casino floor.
You will see the ocean and beach in the background of the reels. With the reels taking up a lot of the screen, this is more a glimpse than a full ocean view. On the reels the symbols are smart and sharp, though not the type of artwork you’ll find on the very latest gambling machines.
Again, the blonde lady stands out – though for me the camper van has the most original / distinctive design.
During the free spins bonus, you’ll hear classic surf-guitar tunes from the 1960’s era.
While a pokie can’t recreate the feeling of being out surfing, Cash Wave is a lot of fun. The design is strikingly different to most pokie themes. While the base game is straightforward, with only stacked symbols and wilds to help create wins, the bonus feature is certainly worth hitting. For the first couple of spins, you’ll see wilds appearing. As the waves move across the reels, you’ll be guaranteed wins – up to 40 of them at once!