Fri, May 24, 10:01pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
A cheerful guy with a traditionally styled beard looks down at you from the impressive sized cabinet of the Heavenly Riches pokies. This guy also appears on the reels as the bonus symbol. He appears alongside many Asian gambling machine staples, including golden turtles and koi carp. While this game has a similar feel to the many other Asian themed pokies available, the graphics and animations are impressive.
You’ll have three ways to trigger big wins with Heavenly Riches. The free spins game is the standard option. Look out for red envelopes on reels 1 and 5, which will trigger instant jackpots. There are also stacked wilds in both the base game and free spins: Here is what makes this Bally pokie heavenly:
Triggering the free spins bonus is standard, with 3 symbols showing the older guy from the top of the cabinet needed. This will trigger 5 free spins, with a 3x win multiplier on any wins.
What I like about this bonus is how easy it is to extend. You only need one of the bearded guy symbols anywhere on the reels to win one extra spin. When you see them, they say ‘+1 Spin’ and an animation shoots up and to the right to add to your total. You can win up to 3 extra spins per spin.
On reels 1 and 5 you will see red envelopes. These take the place of regular symbols, which appear small on the bottom right of each envelope. That means you can win with regular symbols (they won’t block like most bonus symbols do).
The magic happens when you get two red envelopes on the same spin. Now there is a fire animation shooting up from the reels to the top of the cabinet. This is short and will quickly reveal which of the 4 progressives you have won. Those are on display the whole time, in the usual mini, minor, major and grand format.
Wild symbols are nothing new, these will replace everything except the bonus symbols and envelopes to create more winning combinations. What is different here is that they come stacked on all the reels. Wilds show yin yang designs and will often cover all 40 win-lines. Even when you get 1 or 2 reels wild, you will sometimes be looking at multiple wins.
Bally have used the larger of their regular setups for this game. There are 5 reels as usual, with 4 rows of symbols on each. You bet in increments of 40c, which is 1c for each win-line (with multipliers as needed).
Golden ingots have the biggest regular prize, along with diamond shaped red blocks with golden Chinese writing on them. Playing cards do dominate the reels at times. Aces down to nines are in play, supplying the smaller and more regular wins.
The main character in this game manages to look happy and wise at the same time. He looks down from above the reels – ready to bestow those riches at any point. This gambling machine is housed in an impressive tall cabinet, and the large screen is used to full effect for HD animations. At the very top you will see the 4 progressive jackpots slowly climbing while you spin.
As you’d expect from an Asian style game, the dominant colours are red and gold. The reels are backed in white. My only complaint about this impressive design is that those playing card symbols can be a little too dominant on some spins. A few more original symbols would improve this game.
There are smaller animations for the wilds and character symbols. The best animation happens when you hit the two red envelopes. This is quickly followed by a jackpot being awarded (complete with fireworks) in the upper part of the cabinet.
Bally have not strayed too far from the winning formula for their Asian pokies with Heavenly Riches. There is little doubt that the design is impressive, with quality animations and sound effects. Instant jackpots and stacked wilds add interest to the base game. The main bonus does see win multipliers along with easy ways to extend the free spins.