The imposing stone statues which are key to the Great Moai pokies remind me of Easter Island. There the remains of a long-vanished civilisation which buried giant heads carved of stone are found. When you win with these, they are covered in gold in a stunning special effect. Other symbols in the Konami created slot include a tribal mask, chief in traditional headgear, a turtle and coconuts. What they have in common is being extra-bright, using sharp graphics and animations which makes this pokie stand out on even the most crowded casino floor.
You’ll find the popular ‘Action Stacked Symbols’ in use on this pokie. There is a random feature where the statues dance on the second screen, appearing on the reels to give you some huge wins. You’ll also get a free spins bonus. Here are some reasons to enjoy this low variance pokie game:
To get the full visual effect of the random feature, I recommend playing the live casino version of the Great Moai. If you play online, you’ll still get the benefits, though you won’t see the statues jumping around in a circle above the reels.
This bonus feature can kick in during a spin or after the reels have stopped. It starts with the statues jumping in a circle, then one shouts ‘Moai’ and jumps right onto the reels. It can be followed by up to 3 more. Initially, they land on the right, then move over the reels, stopping at random (or sometimes moving off the end to the left). Most of these statues look red on the reels. These are wild, and simply replace the other (non-bonus) symbols. Others are gold and come with a 2x win multiplier.
If you get bonus symbols on the same spin, these are overlaid onto the wilds – so you won’t miss out on triggering the free spins.
Bright purple and gold emblems are the bonus symbols. As usual for Konami pokies, these are scatter symbols – paying prizes and triggering the free spins bonus any time you get 3+ anywhere on the reels. 8, 12 or 20 free spins are available for 3, 4 or 5 – with up to 50x your bet as a scatter win.
The only ‘extra’ for these free spins is that the dancing statues feature is more frequent. This will kick in every few spins. You can extend this bonus with 3+ scatters, though unlike on other Konami games there is no easy retrigger with just 2 this time.
Statues are imposing on the reels. These are wild and can land partially or fully in view. There are 30 win-lines in play, and with even 2 strategically places statues, you can trigger all 30 from a single spin. You can bet from 1c per line and up or add a multiplier of up to 5 coins per line.
Tribal chief symbols are noticeably stacked at times. This cheerful looking guy is the highest paying regular symbol. He is joined by a sinister though bright mask, turtle, coconut shell and blue flowers. Smaller wins come via playing cards, aces down to nines.
Action stacked symbols mean that one symbol is chosen at random to be stacked on the reels for each spin. You’ll notice this while you play, with one symbol often dominating the reels.
Graphics are excellent for this title, with the colours deliberately clashing and bright. The giant head statues have bubbling gold at the bottom. When they are involved in a win this covers the entire head. There are smaller animations for the other winning symbols. When the random feature kicks in, things go from good to spectacular very quickly. This is a surprising and entertaining sequence the first time you see it.
There is some tribal music when the free spins kick in, as well as during the statues sequence.
Konami have some excellent designs in their portfolio, and the Great Moai is up there with the best. The game play is solid for the most part, with randomly chosen symbols often dominating the reels. When you get the free spins, the random statue symbols appear more often. Even if you play online and miss the visual effects, having 2 to 4 wild reels (sometimes with 2x multipliers) is certainly worthwhile.