The Native American theme is one that pokies developers can’t get enough of and it has long proven to be a popular choice not only when creating games, but also when deciding on what to play. Aristocrat is of course in the mix with one of their most popular titles, the action packed Indian Spirit, and Ainsworth’s entry within the genre comes in the form of the well known Eagle Bucks. It is an outstanding game for a number of reasons, not least the fact that even today, the quality of the symbol graphics holds up particularly well. It also happens to be one of a select few Ainsworth pokies to have been released online, highlighting its all round popularity among players. Like other Ainsworth and even Aristocrat pokies, the online versions are currently unavailable here in Australia for regulatory reasons but that’s absolutely no reason not to check the game out in land based pubs, clubs and casinos and the cabinets continue to be plentiful even years after the original release.
The Pokie Style
As noted, Native American culture is the order of the day when it comes to visual inspiration on Eagle Bucks. The eagle itself is the centrepiece in more ways than one as it is the wild card and one of the best looking standalone symbols that we’ve ever seen. It is backed up by wolves, nests and of course the playing card icons that were virtually ever present around the time that this game was released.
The betting options on Ainsworth pokies have become more and more advanced over the years, but Eagle Spirit came out at a time when they were pretty standard. Even though the company was pushing fifty win lines before anyone else, this game is far more traditional, with twenty win lines available. A variety of coin denominations are available and the whole staking plan can be tweaked between spins to ensure that you’re always able to stick to the plan.
Features and Bonuses
We covered the eagle wild above, and it also awards the highest standalone prize on the game when you land five in a row on one of the active win lines, that being a thousand coins. The game’s logo is the other symbol to keep an eye out for, with three or more in view triggering the free spins game that AGT fans will be more than accustomed to. These are no ordinary spins as you can trigger one of two different rounds at random – either ten standard spins or ten spins with a sticky eagle wild ever present on the fifth reel. That’s not all either, as additional eagles will fly onto the reels after every spin. If they land on the second, third and fourth reels at the same time then all three reels will turn completely wild, bringing even more valuable profits. Combine that with the potential wild on the fifth reel and you’ll be guaranteed a five of a kind win on that particular spin, which you didn’t even have to pay for in the first place!