Tue, May 21, 6:16pm by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:24pm
There is a strange set of symbols in this pokie. Individually, symbols like the panther head, glittering diamond and red roses are nicely produced. How they all fit together, only the creator of the Jackpot Vault pokies (Bally Technology) knows! If you check out the sound effects, these might seem familiar. They mimic the popular 88 Fortunes pokies very closely.
You’ll find some interesting elements to the game play. This includes two different types of bonus symbol – both of which are wild in the main free spins game. That bonus feature also sees win multipliers added. The name of this pokie comes from the symbols that trigger a second screen picks game. It is through that game you can pick up the progressive jackpots. Here are the reasons to unlock the Jackpot Vault:
While there is nothing unusual about how the free spins are triggered, your big win chances will shoot up when you do get them. You get 8 free spins with 3 of the 3D effect diamond symbols anywhere on the reels.
During those free spins, both the diamonds and the other bonus symbols (which show sparkling gold bank vaults) become wilds. With two extra types of wild in play, many more winning combinations are possible over the all-ways (Bally call this ‘reel ways’) setup.
Things get even better when it is the diamonds which are doing the substituting. These come with win multiplier. If you get a single diamond involved in a winning combination, this win is doubled. Two diamonds give you a 3x multiplier, while 3 gives you a 5x multiplier. Keep in mind that 3 diamonds are likely to trigger several wins from a single spin – giving you plenty of line hits to apply this multiplier to!
The picks bonus takes place on a second screen which replaces the reels. This is triggered at random, though you’ll need at least one of the solid gold bank vault symbols on the reels to have a shot at starting it.
You will get one pick for every bank vault appearing on the spin that triggered this feature. The maximum number of picks is 3. There are only 6 piles of gold bars to choose from, so that gets you half of the options!
Each pick will reveal either a cash amount or the name of one of the progressive jackpots (mini, minor, major or grand). You can win the same jackpot more than once if it appears multiple times. As is the way with all good picks games, you do get to see the results of any you don’t pick too.
All-ways wins are used for this game. This dispenses with win-lines, making symbols from the left on consecutive reels winners instead. While this makes the individual hits smaller, you will have a shot at 243 winning combinations over the 5-reel, 3 row setup. Bets are in increments of 50c.
Higher paying symbols include the black panther heads, crowns and roses. There are also dollar signs and gold bells on the reels. Smaller wins come from boldly coloured playing card symbols, which complete the wide range of designs crammed onto the reels!
In line with many similar Bally pokies, this game is fast and smooth. There are some excellent designs for the symbols, with the 3D cut diamonds and sparkling golden bank vaults standing out on the reels. Lines shoot between winning symbols, which move around when they are involved in wins.
The picks game is relatively simple, though it makes good use of the tall cabinet. Each pick is of a pile of gold bars in a triangle shape. The best animations come when you get win multiplier for the free spins bonus – these fade into place on top of diamond above the reels.
If you know 88 Fortunes, then compare the sounds for wins and spins – they are uncannily similar.
I enjoyed this game despite the odd mix of winning symbols. It is fast and very slick, with bold animations for your wins. Picking piles of gold seems like an appropriate way to win potentially large jackpots. The highlight is the free spins bonus. This is only 8 spins long, though with extra wilds and win multipliers (plus all-ways wins), this is where you bigger line hits will come from.