Lucky 88 Pokie
|Symbols||golden lions, cranes, a Chinese drum, a pagoda, traditional Chinese lamps, and high card values A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9, chinese man, red lantern|
Lucky 88 Pokie Review
This is an Aristocrat-powered pokie themed around Chinese culture and the notion of luck. The pokie has an extra bet that you should not hesitate a minute to activate as it unlocks opportunities for entering a Dice mini game or triggering up to 25 free spins with all wild wins multiplied by a massive x88! In base game, wild symbols also have a profitable addition in the form of a random multiplier of up to x88! This is a bright, vibrant, impressive pokie with the maximum award of $18,800.
The video slot is about number 88 that is emblematic of luck and fortune in Chinese culture. Some drivers there pay thousands of dollars to buy a vanity plate that would feature 8’s, many retailers add 8’s to the end of their pricing, instead of traditional .99 in Australian supermarkets. Look at the pokie’s paytable – most win values have number 8 in them, which adds an intricate thematic charm to the entire pokie design. The game has 5 reels and 25 adjustable paylines. When setting a bet size, you can deactivate as many lines as you wish and even play 1 if you want.
On the reels, you will come across a set of playing cards from nines to aces – needless to say, they pay out less than themed pictures. Hitting three to five of a kind awards the maximum of $272. This is one of the rare cases in which the distinction between low-ranking and high-ranking symbols is virtually insensible because the highest-paying symbols of Golden Lion and Heron give away x88 ($352 at max). In a real-case scenario, it does not matter too much whether you hit five Kings or five Herons because the difference in how much they pay is not that pronounced.
Bet sizes and Extra Choice side bet
Bets in the slot are so flexible that players are really spoilt for choice. A line bet can be as low as one cent and go to the max value of $4, therefore the max bet runs to $100 per spin. But there’s more. Many pokies from Aristocrat are known to feature the Reel Power format where the player reduces the number of reels or make other modifications to the pokie structure. This Lucky 88 pokie has a similar functionality that allows the user to enhance the gameplay by enabling the Extra Choice side bet. To place the side bet, clicking a triangular button at the bottom right corner is required (the location of the button is different for the mobile pokie version, yet this element is clearly visible on the screen). This side bet gives some distinct advantages during play:
- 1) Playing “Extra Choice”, you get more free spins when the free spin feature is triggered
- 2) Playing “Extra Choice”, you are given two options when the bonus feature is hit. You can pick free spins or a Dice bonus. Failure to activate the bonus mode by the time the feature is triggered leads to only one form of action – free spins. They start automatically without any prior bonus selection.
The Extra Choice side bet uplifts the total bet by 20%, so the min/max limits in the pokie will be $0.30 and $120, respectively, with the side bet active.
A smiling man of Asian appearance is a wild symbol. It stands in for regular symbols and helps them create combinations. Besides, it multiplies payouts by a random multiplier of x2, x3, x5, x8, 18, x38 or x88 when part of a combination. Suppose you get four Lions plus one wild on a payline, so you stand the chance to win up to $30,976 at the maximum stake.
A red paper lantern is a scatter that pays in any position should 2 or more appear. Five lanterns award the pokie’s highest jackpot of $18 800 and three of them are sufficient to trigger the bonus feature. The situation then unfolds depending on whether you have activated the Extra Choice side bet or not.
Let’s consider the case where you play with a side bet. You are then offered to choose a Lucky Dice mini bonus game or pick one of the four free game modes:
- 1) 4 free spins with a wild multiplier of x88
- 2) 8 free spins with a wild multiplier of x18 or x88 (to be determined randomly)
- 3) 15 free spins ¬– x8 or x38
- 4) 25 free spins – x5 or x18.
If the Dice feature is your choice, you are awarded three dice games. On a new game screen, you will see a 3×3 grid with nine empty squares. Each game begins with eight dice rolled on the screen. Dice showing “8” will be held on the screen, while the remaining dice are rolled again. The round goes on until no more “8” appear. When the game finishes (to recap, you have three), a cash award is given away that depends on how many 8’s were collected.
What you can expect from the bonus feature if you play with the main bet only? First, no Dice game is offered. Second, the number of free spins is lower:
- 1) 3 free spins with a wild multiplier of x18 or x88
- 2) 10 free spins – x8 or x38, or
- 3) 20 free spins – x5 or x18.
This is a standard red/black/suit feature that you can optionally enter by clicking the Gamble button.
Lucky 88 is a 5-reel 25-payline pokie with a focus on number “8” in its design and visual elements. Features include a wild with a random multiplier of x2 to x88, a side bet, free spins and a Dice bonus. Wild wins during free spins are augmented with a random multiplier.