When the Double Diamonds poker machine was first developed by IGT for land-based casinos, it was an instant hit. It offered players one of the first bonus features that would mix up gameplay: the ability to multiply their winnings through the use of a wild symbol. Since then, countless other machines have used this style of gameplay to spice up otherwise simple pokies.
Fortune Cookie from Microgaming is a prime example of this. Based on a pretty symbol theme, it would be easy to think this is yet another straightforward game with nothing to make it stand apart from the crowd. But the combination of a fun theme and the potential to increase your winnings by as much as 4x make Fortune Cookie a machine that is much more interesting than it would first appear.
Fortune Cookie is a three-reel, single payline poker machine that uses (what else?) a fortune cookie theme. In this game, players may choose to play either one or two coins on each spin, with a maximum coin size of $5. While there are no special bonus rounds in Fortune Cookie, there is a wild symbol that also acts as a multiplier, allowing players to increase their winnings by as much as 4x.
Fortune Cookie can be played at nearly any Microgaming casino site, including the Royal Vegas Online Casino. This is a classic three-reel, single payline setup in which players can only choose whether to play one coin or two on each spin. Players do have a wide range of coin sizes to choose from, though: at most casinos, you’ll be able to play for anything from $0.25 to $5 per coin, for a maximum total bet of $10 on each spin.
The object of the game is to match symbols across the payline, with most major prizes requiring three of the same symbol to win. The symbols used are mostly the traditional ones that have long been a part of the three-reel pokies scene: cherries, bars, and sevens. Find either one or two cherries on the reels, and you’ll win a small prize; you can also win three coins by maxing and matching any three of the bar symbols across the payline.
For bigger wins, you can match three identical symbols on the payline. Three cherries in a row, for instance, will earn you 20 coins. There are also three variety of bars, ranging from the single bar to the triple bar, which is worth 50 coins if you can match three in a row. Even better is matching three sevens in a row, which will earn you 100 coins per coin wagered on that spin.
The biggest wins are all attached to this game’s special symbol: the Fortune Cookie logo. First of all, this logo acts as the jackpot symbol on this game, giving players 800 coins per coin bet if you can hit three in a row. That’s up to 1,600 coins if you’ve played the maximum of two coins — or up to $8,000 if you’re playing for the maximum bet.
However, the fortune cookie can also take on a second role in this game. It can act as a wild symbol, substituting for any other in order to complete a winning combination. If one appears on any payline that would win a prize, the prize will then be doubled. If you hit two logos as part of a winning payline, you’ll do even better, quadrupling the amount you’d normally win for that combination.
While Fortune Cookie has some interesting design features, it doesn’t use a very strong theme. Obviously, the name of the machine suggests that there will be fortune cookies in the game; since this pokie uses the fortune cookie as its wild multiplier symbol, it certainly delivers on that regard. But besides that — and some vaguely Asian fonts — the game isn’t really a very thematic one.
On the other hand, the presentation of this machine is quite clean and easy to follow. Like most of the Microgaming three-reel pokies, all of the information you need is presented on a single screen. Both the reels and the complete paytable fit quite comfortably on the interface, and the large symbols used make it easy to follow along with the action.
Fortune Cookie is a great pokie for anyone who likes the look and feel of the classic three-reel machines, but also wants to see a little more variety in gameplay than most of these old-fashioned games offer. The addition of the multiplier wild helps accomplish this by giving players more ways to win as well as the opportunity to win big prizes on every single spin. It’s really hard to recommend this game based on its theme along, but if the gameplay elements sound interesting to you, chances are that you’ll like what you get from Fortune Cookie.