Sun, May 26, 9:06pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
You might be surprised just how many symbols you recognise from the Morocco online pokies. The theme is the North African nation, which has a rich history with cities like Casablanca and Marrakech. On the reels you’ll find a belly dancer, fez hat (named after another city) and shoes with long turned up toes! The desert and oasis views certainly help this game to stand out from the normal range of themes.
Morocco features all-ways wins and a free spins bonus round, where the belly dancers literally come to life. While this is not the most complex of games, the sights and sounds of North Africa certainly make it worth a spin. Here are the exotic highlights:
Temple symbols are both scatters and bonus symbols. These can pay generous prizes in addition to triggering the free spins. If you get the maximum 5 in a single spin, you win 25x your total bet, plus 25 free spins. 4 are worth 10x your bet and get you 15 spins and three are worth 4x your bet with 10 free spins.
Note that these bonus symbols are in play during the free spins. This makes it possible to trigger up to 25 more spins and claim some additional scatter prizes.
The main difference between the base game and the free spins is the switch from day to night. The background of the reels change, and some interesting Arab-style music will play.
Your big win potential will shoot up, thanks to expanding wild symbols. In the base game, there are belly dancer wild symbols. These are stacked – and can completely cover a reel if they land flush with the 5×3 grid. During the free spins bonus, these wilds will nudge. This means that hitting a wild partially on the reels will see it move to cover the entire reel.
With all-ways wins in play, there is plenty of potential with completely wild reels. If you are lucky enough to get 2 or 3 of these in the right place, you could be looking at triggering all 243 winning combinations from the same spin!
Bally have used their basic 5-reel, 3-row setup for Morocco. All-ways wins means that consecutive symbols from the left on 3 or more reels will always be winners. This avoids those situations where you miss a win-line by having symbols in the wrong spots. All-ways over a 5×3 reel set always gives you 243 possible winning combinations. Bets on Morocco start at just 25c, going up in multiples of this to a max bet of around $2.50c.
Fez hats were made famous by comedian Tommy Cooper. They have a much longer history than that – appearing centuries ago in the Moroccan city of the same name. These are one of the higher paying symbols, along with curved toe shoes, a basket of jewels and a pendant with a distinctive eye design.
These exotic symbols are joined by the regular bold playing card symbols – which make up your smaller / more regular wins.
This is by no means a new pokie. While you might think that the graphics and limited animations are a drawback – I still found this an enjoyable game. The artwork is excellent for the age of this game. Jewels sparkle – and the curled toe shoes look amazing (though not something many people would like to wear!).
The best graphics are saved for the veiled belly dancer. With arms crossed as if dancing, this graphics looks both alluring and exotic. It is fixed, even when involved in a win you will not see the lady dancing.
Sounds are enchanting. There are some effects during the base game. When the free spins start, the tune played could easily charm a snake!
Bally have taken a brand new theme, and created a solid and enjoyable game from it. If you are looking for a change up from those regular themes on the casino floor, then Morocco is worth a look. This is an older game, with solid game play. There is only one feature, which combines scatter wins with free spins. If you are lucky enough to get those expanding wild belly dancers, you could be looking at big wins.