Fri, May 24, 9:51pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
You’ll find the Emerald in the title of this Bally casino pokie refers to the Emerald Isle. While many poker machines with Irish themes are lively and upbeat, this one goes down a more tranquil route. You’ll see a beautiful scene above the reels with rolling green hills. On the reels the symbols show a waterfall, gemstones and Celtic symbols.
With 50 win-lines in play and stacked wilds, there are a lot of opportunities to line up symbols. This pokie is not the newest game, though has two separate bonus games to keep you entertained. Here are the reasons to check out the Emerald Falls:
When you trigger the free spins bonus with 3 special scatter symbols (which show a Celtic design), you’ll get 5 free spins. This is on the smaller side compared to many Bally pokies. There are two reasons not to worry about the small amount of spins.
First, all wins you get during this bonus will have a 3x multiplier compared to the regular pay table. With stacked wilds in play this can lead to multi-line hits over many of the 50 win-lines – creating some jackpot-like pay outs.
Second, the spins can be extended. The regular free spins symbols are replaced during the bonus. New symbols show the same Celtic design. This time they say, ‘one more spin’. This gives you the chance to win between 1 and 3 extra spins every time. The bonus game will end when you either run out of spins or reach the maximum 50.
On reels 2, 3 and 4 you will see special waterfall bonus symbols tinged in green. If you hit all 3, you’ll trigger a simple picks style game which is typical of older casino pokies. You will see the 3 waterfalls become animated, with dark green water cascading over them. All you need to do is pick one of them. This will reveal a cash prize based on a multiple of your total bet. The biggest award is a healthy 100x your triggering spin. You will get to see the awards you did not pick too.
With 50 win-lines covering a regular 5 reel and 3 row setup, there are plenty of opportunities to line up winning combinations. Wild symbols (which simply say wild) come in stacks on the reels. These will sometimes cover more than one reel – allowing multiple line hits from the same spin. Wild symbols have the biggest single prize too.
Other higher paying symbols include a different waterfall symbol, and a sparkling emerald. There are a lot of playing card symbols on the reels. While I prefer symbols to be unique, these wins can still add up with the help of those wild symbols.
Bets for this game start at 50c per spin.
It is refreshing not to see the usual Irish clichés on the reels. Most gambling machines themed on Ireland have leprechauns, Guinness, clovers and pots of gold (often at the end of a rainbow!). This one takes the natural beauty of the Emerald Isle, and gives it a tranquil, relaxed setting.
As an older design you’ll notice the difference with the detail level of the symbols. This does not take too much from the enjoyment. Animations are in play. These include the movement of the waterfall symbols, and the free spins moving from the special symbols to the counter above and to the right.
While the free spins are in play you will hear a traditional Irish folk tune playing. Sounds for wins are from the regular Bally pokies sound-effects library.
For a relaxing gambling session on a solid, older game, then there is plenty to like about Emerald Falls. It takes a refreshing, natural look at Ireland and offers plenty of opportunities for bigger wins. Free spins start small, with just 5 games. You will extend this more often than not with special symbols – up to the maximum 50 games. There is also a fast and simple picks game, where you simply choose from one of three waterfalls.