A trip to the mysterious Orient is never far away for regular gamers of online pokies. This time, Microgaming is taking us there with their title, Luck Firecracker game.
This game sees you enjoying one of the Chinese culture’s favorite past times—not martial arts but watching the fireworks.
The game celebrates the idea of Chinese New Year celebrations and allows gamers to experience the festival’s thrill right from their PC. The game was released in 2015 and featured five reels and 243 ways to win.
A Truly Captivating Chinese Celebration
The oriental-themed pokie looks bold, bright, and very simple. The background is simply deep red, without all the colorful colored fireworks that you might expect, given the name. The reels are a shade darker than the backdrop, although they blend in well, with just a thin, gilded frame to separate them.
The background may not pay too much homage to the fireworks theme, 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 Lucky Firecrackers’ biggest draws is that players can start hitting some very nice wins in the base game when they land the game symbols on any of the 243 pay lines.
You have to decide whether to place a low or high bet, then start spinning to hit those winning combos, which should come in quickly. You are sure to win when you land 3, 4, or 5 matching symbols from the first reel, left to right. 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 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 you will also be rewarded with 15 free spins with an impressive 3-times multiplier attached to any winnings you land in this round. The wins not only get bigger, but they also get better. Another bonus for this round is that you can retrigger Free Spins by landing one of the scatter symbols, which translates to more wins and trebled wins.
The Gamble feature: the gamble feature is activated by hitting the winning combos. Plug the gamble button when a win comes in and guess the color of the next playing card that is turned over-red or black. If you manage the right guess, your success will be doubled. If, on the other hand, you guess wrongly, you will lose your entire victory. The maximum number of times you can gamble is five, and if you manage to guess correctly in all instances, the wins could be incredible.
Lucky Firecrackers game is all about Free Spins rounds, although the fact that it offers 243 paylines means that even in the base game, the wins will come in reasonably quickly. 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 nine 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, 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 on a pay-line.
Our Verdict on Lucky Firecrackers
There are many 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 impressive, although no advanced animations or other complexities are involved.
In reality, the need for refined visual effects is not necessary—the pokie has excellent gameplay that should intrigue and entertain most gamers for quite a while.