A Truly Captivating Chinese Celebration

The oriental-themed pokie looks bold, bright and very simple. The background is simple deep red color, without all the bright colored fireworks that you might expect, given the name. The reels are a sight shade darker than the backdrop, although the blend in well, with just a thin, gilded frame to separate them.  The background may not pay too much homage to the theme of fireworks, but that is where the symbols play a role.  There are the basic playing card symbols, which are written in a very oriental style, and then the higher paying symbols represented by five different Chinese symbols, including fireworks like firecrackers, rockets and sparkles, then the golden gongs and paper lanterns.

243 Ways to Win

One of the biggest draw of Lucky Firecrackers is the fact that players can start hitting some very nice wins in the base game when you land the game symbols on any of the 243 pay-lines.  All you have to do is decide whether to place a low or high bet then start spinning to hit those winning combos, which should come in quickly. When you land either 3, 4, or 5 matching symbols from the first reel, left to right, you are sure to win. While these wins might be plentiful in the base game, the real action is seen in the Free Spins and Gamble feature.

The free spins feature: if you land three to five of the Chinese dollar scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, you get to trigger the Free Spins Round.  Not only will you be given a prize for landing these symbols but also be rewarded with 15 free spins with an impressive 3-times multiplier attached to any winnings that you manage to land in this round. The wins not only get bigger but they also get better. Another added bonus for this round is that you can retrigger Free Spins by landing ore of the scatter symbols.  This translates to more wins and trebled wins.

The Gamble feature: the gamble feature is activated hitting the winning combos. Simply hit the gamble button when a win comes in and then guess the color of the next playing car that is turned over-red or black. If you manage the right guess, your win will be doubled.  If, on the other hand, you guess wrongly, you will lose your entire win. The maximum times you can gamble are 5 and if you managed to guess correctly in all instances, the wins could be incredible.

The Payouts

Lucky Firecrackers game is all about Free Spins rounds, although the fact that it offers 243 paylines meaning that even in the base game, the wins will come in reasonably quick.  When playing the game, you can choose whether to play anywhere between 0.25 and $250 per spin, depending on how much you want to win.

The lower paying symbols are represented by playing cards, starting at 9 all the way to A. The 9 and 10 are the lowest and pay out 0.20 or 10 for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.  This goes up with the J and Q, worth 0.5, 2 and 15.  Then it’s the K and A which are both worth 0.8, 3 or 20 for 3, 4, or 5 on a winning pay-line.

Moving up, we have the higher paying symbols. These start with the bangers, when you land 3, 4, or 5 of a kind, you will be rewarded with 1, 10, or 50 coins respectively. Next are the sparkles, which are worth 1.2, 12.5 or 75, and the paper lamps which will see you win 1.5, 15, or 150 for 3, 4, or 5 on a pay-line. Lastly we have the three rockets which win you 1.2, 3, 30, or 300 if you get two to five of them on a pay-line.

Our Verdict

There are many types of Oriental themed online slots, but Lucky Firecracker from Microgaming is one of the most appealing and pleasingly designed.  The game is visually appealing and its graphics are quite impressive although there are no advanced animations or any other complexities involved. In reality, the need for refined visual effects is not necessary—the pokie has a wonderful gameplay which should be able to intrigue and entertain most gamers for quite a while.

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