The Frontier range of poker machines is part of Ainsworth’s wildly successful Premium Plus range, and that alone should be enough to tell any experienced player that there is definitely plenty of action to enjoy here on these three games. Like almost all of their most recent releases, the concept is that they have designed a game that is immensely playable at its core and then built on it by releasing three different versions. This is one set of games whereby you’re unlikely to find all three in a single venue as Fever, Fortune and Wild West are all effectively the same but with different visuals, although with each one certainly being of immensely high quality, you won’t find us complaining! The standard Ainsworth focus on the land based market means that there are no plans to take the game online right now, but if you’re an offline player looking for some fast and furious action then this is the feature for you!
The Pokies Style
With the looks being the key differentiator between the three games, the style of each is particularly important when comparing them. Kicking off with Frontier Fever, you’ll find an exciting Las Vegas style theme, with even the famous sign incorporated into the gameplay. There are also dice, roulette wheels and of course the standard playing card icons too, which are all highly detailed and smoothly animated, making for a stunning look to match up to the great gameplay.
Next up is Frontier Fortune, which does of course look pretty similar but this time the focus is on wealth and luxury. Diamonds, gold bars and luxury yachts are just some of the great symbols you’ll encounter, alongside the feature symbols that are included in all three games.
Frontier Wild West completes the trio and this theme doesn’t need too much explaining as it represents exactly what the name suggests. Cowboy boots, hats, holsters and horseshoes are the high value symbols here and it round off three pokies where looks may not be everything, but they certainly help!
The Frontier pokies are among the most flexible games currently available when it comes to betting options and that is through a combination of both win lines and coin bets. The lines will be familiar to just about every player as the concept of 25 lines across five reels was originally popularised in Australia by Aristocrat and that’s what you’ll find here. When you then see that coin bets of 1c, 2c and 5c are available, that explains exactly how flexible the game can be. One thing to look out for is that the Frontier pokies also apply a ten credit ante bet to each spin automatically and while this is not optional, it does allow access to the progressive jackpot prizes, which we’ll cover in more detail below.
Features and Bonuses
The first of the special features that players will encounter on all three of the Frontier games are the special Frontier wilds. They each carry out the standard job of filling in for other symbols, but also apply a multiplier when they fill in as part of a winning combination. The red one doubles the prize amount, while the green one triples it. Finally, the yellow Frontier wild will apply an impressive five times multiplier.
In terms of bonus rounds, all three games are absolutely identical. Each offers players the opportunity to access a bonus round with ten free spins. There, further bonus symbols are added to the reels, incorporating those bonus multipliers above and coming in stacks, allowing players to make full use of the 25 win lines.
Finally, the three games all offer linked progressive jackpots over three tiers comprising the minor bonus, major bonus and grand bonus. That is where your mandatory ante bet is going and you always have a shot at taking down any of the three prizes no matter your stake!