We were starting to think that the classics of yesteryear were gone forever and that we may never see anything that wasn’t a branded poker machine ever again when it comes to Aristocrat. Fortunately, those fears have been allayed with the news that their latest game to make use of the impressive Helix cabinet will be the jackpot packed Romance of Fire and Rain.
In many ways, the game marks a return to those aforementioned classics for the company, with familiar visuals that have been brought bang up to date and even something of an Oriental theme such as those found on games like Choy Sun Doa. Of course, the days of 25 win lines and other essential features are long gone and they couldn’t be much further away on this game, which employs two different five by eight reel boards at the same time to keep the action going.
One of these boards unsurprisingly represents fire, while the other represents rain and they spin independently while also influencing each other with transferring wilds – combine a feature and a few wild cards and you’ll encounter massive wins across both boards at once. This simple but effective bonus is combined with Max Stacks and Mega Symbols, two of the standout features that have made their presence felt on several of the latest Aristocrat releases.
This is all backed up by something of a rarity when it comes to poker machines – an honest to goodness storyline that plays out as you make your way through the game. It is played out through typically excellent animations and sounds and this really is one cabinet that we don’t think you’ll be able to take your eyes off!
One area in which Aristocrat rarely deviates is within its bonus features and all these years later, you’ll still be looking to land scatter symbols in order to hit a free spins round, with fifteen games on offer on this pokie. However, that’s by no means the most important or even lucrative part of this game. That role is reserved for the five tiered progressive jackpot which is built up by every player in the venue. With the top jackpot seeded at $1,000 it is always worth winning and you’re always in with a shot at one of the lower prizes with the Minor and Mini jackpots seeded at $30 and $10 respectively.
You’ll find the game in your local club or casino soon and can expect plenty of flexibility thanks to the opportunity to play for anywhere from 1c to $20 per spin. In the meantime, if you fancy some of the best action that Aristocrat has to offer in the comfort of your own home, be sure to check out our very own Aristocrat online alternatives, which have been designed to bring all the spirit and action of the developer’s games to the online audience in Australia!