Fri, May 24, 10:24pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
Directional wilds feature in several popular Bally pokies. These spread wild symbols over the reels, giving you extra winning chances. This time they take the form of the dial of a safe. Inside that safe might be many of the other symbols you’ll find on the reels. These include gold, money bags and piles of dollar bills.
The money theme is not restricted to the symbols on the reels. There is a lot of cash to be unlocked via the wheel spin feature. This includes a wide area progressive which, depending on the casino, could leave you needing a money vault of your own! Here are the highlights of the Money Vault pokies:
Most pokies have wild symbols in one form or another. These replace the regular symbols to create extra wins. Money Vault has simple symbols saying ‘wild’ which do exactly this. There are also special wilds which appear only on the middle reel. These look like the dial of a safe.
When one hits, the dial spins rapidly – and whichever direction it points in is the filled with wilds. This can be horizontal, vertical or on a diagonal. The wilds only last for as long as your wins are calculated. If you are lucky enough to get these with the regular wilds, then you can be in for some bigger line hits.
U-spin wheel symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. These unlock a bonus with an unusual looking wheel which spins horizontally over the reels. You swipe left or right to get it moving – and will look at it as if viewing from the outside.
Segments are mostly cash wins, some of these are large. There is also a single progressive jackpot symbol. You can also win free spins via this wheel.
You’ll start with 10 free spins, which have the advantage of stacked wilds on all the reels. These have a bigger advantage than on many pokies – as you can combine them with the special directional wild symbols. The right combination could lead to wins over all of the 40 win-lines.
You can retrigger this free spins bonus with 3 more of the wheel symbols.
Bally opted for a 5×4 reel setup for this pokie – giving you plenty of room to make the most of the stacked and directional wild symbols. Spins are in increments of 40c, with a max bet of $2. Make sure you bet max if your casino requires this for a chance at winning the big progressive.
Bigger wins come via symbols associated with money. These include a diamond ring, vault (safe) symbol, money clip, and white money bag. For the smaller wins, the regular playing card symbols have been used.
I’d put this into the smart though not special category as far as the design goes. As you will find with many Bally pokies, the action is fast and smooth. While there are plenty of small animations, none of the symbols stands out or has any ‘wow’ factor. When you get the directional wild first time, you might wonder what is happening as the dial spins around!
The wheel bonus does stand out. It is unusual to look at the outside of a wheel which spins horizontally. This slows down and stops as if it was a mechanical wheel. Don’t be surprised if this game ‘teases’ you by almost clicking over into a bigger win before settling back.
Compared to other pokies which use the directional wilds concept, this is an older and more solid game. The latest to use it – Vegas Hits – is far more intensive, with updated graphics and a bigger cabinet. The main appeal of Money Vault is the big progressive jackpot. This can be unlocked via the wheel spin bonus game.
Free spins give you plenty of potential for bigger line hits. Here the directional wilds can combine with stacked wilds – sometimes giving you good coverage over the 40 win-lines. While this game might not be the newest pokie on the casino floor, it certainly does give you ways in which to win enough money to need a vault of your own!