The classic land-based ‘pokie’ from Aussie slots outfit Aristocrat makes a welcome arrival in its online form. Lucky 88 is – as the name suggests – concerned with Asian betting superstitions and particularly the love of the number 8. This particular number is considered lucky in Asian culture (which explains why it figures in so many casino company names and game titles) and it features heavily here.
On the Reels…
A 25 payline slot played over 5 reels, Lucky 88 has some familiar Aristocrat symbols like the regal-looking 10-through-Ace, plus drums, cranes, statues, lanterns, temples and lions. Coins run from 0.03 to 4.00 a coin, but you can add 5 credits to each spin and plump for the ‘Extra Choice’ feature.
Wilds Can Pay Out 88x Multipliers
The Wild is the Chinese emperor and substitutes for all regular icons in the game other than the Scatters. If the Wild forms a winning combo, you can earn a multiplier of anything from 2x to 88x. The payouts seem a little random at first, but there’s method in Aristocrat’s madness. The amounts have been calculated with the number 8 in mind. So, five Wilds, for example, pays 888 coins while five Scatters pays 188 coins.
Trigger up to 25 Free Spins
Three or more red lantern Scatters anywhere triggers free spins in the game, but this can also be triggered at random after any spin. Players can choose your free games feature or roll the lucky dice to decide your fate. You can choose from 4 spins with a 88x multiplier on any Wilds that appear, 8 free spins with an 18x or 88x multiplier, 15 free spins with an 8x or 38x multiplier on Wilds, or 25 freebies with a multiplier of 5x or 18x when using your Wild substitute.
Will You Take the Extra Choice?
It’s worth noting you have to play all 25 lines and add on the Extra Choice credits in order to take advantage of these extra multipliers. However, for normal players, you can still take advantage of 3-20 free spins with the same multipliers if you’re playing without the extra credits.
Look Out for the Luck of the Dice!
If playing the Extra Choice credits, the Dice Feature can pop up at random after any spin. You’ll get three rolls of the dice, with special prizes awarded for every ‘8’ that is rolled. If one or more 8 is rolled they will be held and the remaining dice rolled again.
It’s no wonder Lucky 88 has proved so popular around the globe in casinos. The opportunity to trigger a number of spins with an 88x multiplier is big temptation. I imagine in casinos in Macau they go crazy for this game with all those lucky references in the game. It joins a community of other slots on a similar theme from the same developer, such as Dragon Emperor slot and also 5 Dragons – proving the appetite for Asian-themed slots is still very buoyant. If you are after some more Aristocrat mayhem on your PC or Mac, check out the iconic Wolf Moon or sports-inspired Let’s Go Fishin’, both offer something different and exciting to Lucky 88.
Slot Game: Lucky 88
Theme: Asian, Oriental
Lines: 5 Rows: 3
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