Get ready for a really hot trip to the Far East when you try out this right little cracker of a slot, Lucky Firecracker, from Microgaming. You get to set those reels alight and watch those wins explode on your screen as you spar with the sparklers and run wild with those rockets. This slot certainly creates a big bang. Make sure you keep those ear plugs in and your eyes open, because this is like Firework Night - but even bigger and better. The base game sees you taking in a whole load of fiery wins, but it’s when you start getting those Chinese dollars on the reels that the dollar count in your pocket will really start to rocket. If you want a game that will see your screen light up with an explosion of wins, then Lucky Firecracker is for you.
+ PROS The game looks great and the Chinese firework theme is bright and colourful. There’s a wide range of betting options, allowing you to place bets anywhere between $0.25 and $250 per line. The game has the Gamble Feature which is always a great addition, allowing you to double your wins.
CONS - It could have a more interactive bonus round as well as the Free Spins feature.
This game takes you on an express ride to the Orient and sees you enjoying one of the Chinese culture’s favourite past-times - no, not martial arts, but watching those fireworks. It celebrates the idea of the Chinese New Year celebrations and allows you to experience all the excitement of the festival, all from the comfort of your front room - wherever that may be. This is a 5-reel slot that looks bold, bright and very simple. The background is a simple deep red colour, without all the bright coloured fireworks that you might expect, given the name. The reels are just a slight shade darker than the backdrop, although they blend in well, with just a thin, golden frame to separate them. The background may not pay too much homage to the theme of fireworks, but that is where the symbols come in. There are the basic playing card symbols, which are written in a very Oriental style, and then there are those special higher paying symbols, which are represented by 5 different Chinese symbols, including fireworks like rockets, firecrackers and sparklers, then there are golden gongs and paper lanterns. The wild symbol is represented by the golden letters of the Chinese alphabet and then there’s the scatter, which is the Chinese dollar symbol.
Well, one of the biggest draws of the game is the very fact that you can start hitting some very nice wins in the base game when you land those symbols on any of the 243 paylines available. All you need to do is decide whether you bet high or bet low, then start spinning to hit those winning combinations, which should come in quickly. Land either 3, 4 or 5 matching symbols from the first reel, left to right, and you’re sure to get something. However, although those wins might be plentiful in the base game, it’s the Free Spins and the Gamble feature that are where those great wins start getting bigger. The Free Spins Feature Well, if you really want to celebrate this Chinese New Year slot in style, then simply land between 3 or 5 of the Chinese dollar symbols anywhere on the reels and you’ll be transported to the very sparky Free Spins round. When you get these symbols, you’ll not only be awarded a prize for landing the symbols on a payline, but you’ll be given 15 Free Spins with an impressive 3-times multiplier attached to any winnings that you manage to land in this round. So, the wins don’t just get bigger, they get better - much better. Another added bonus to the Free Spins round, is that you can retrigger those Free Spins, simply by landing more of those scatters whilst the round is in play. This means more spins and trebled wins. The Gamble Feature This game also benefits from the Gamble Feature, which is activated when you hit those winning combinations. Simply hit the gamble button when a win comes in, and you then get to guess the colour of the next playing card that is turned over - red or black. If you manage to guess correctly, you’ll double your win. If you guess incorrectly, you’ll lose your entire win. You can gamble up to 5-times, and if you manage to guess correctly all of those times, the wins could be incredible.
Payouts and Wagering Limits
This game is all about the Free Spins round, although the fact that there are 243 paylines means that even in the base game, the wins will always come in reasonably quickly. When playing the game, you can choose as to whether you play anywhere between $0.25 and $250 per spin, depending on how much of an explosion you want to create. The lower paying symbols are represented by playing cards, starting at 9 and going all the way up to the A. The 9 and 10 are the lowest, paying out 0.20, 1.50 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 payline. Moving up, we go onto the higher symbols. This starts with the bangers, which are worth 1, 10 or 50 for 3, 4 or 5. Then it’s the sparklers, which are worth 1.2, 12.5 or 75, followed by the paper lanterns, which will see you win 1.5, 15 or 150 for 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. Then there are those red lucky firecrackers which are worth 0.7, 2, 20 or 200 for 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline and the 3 rockets, which will see you win 1.2, 3, 30 or 300 for getting between 2 and 5 on a payline. However, the Chinese dollar scatter is a good payer in its own right, as land between 2 to 5 of these on the reels and you could get a payout of 0.25, 0.5, 2.5 or 25… as well as any Free Spins you get given. Don’t forget, in the Free Spins round, any of these wins are multiplied by 3. Furthermore, if you choose to gamble, the wins could be massive.
Chinese themed slots are always popular, because they are normally very good, and this slot really is no different. The game looks classy and well-designed, with it’s different shades of red alongside hints of gold. It looks impressive and gives the impression that you could be in for some very top-class wins. However, it’s aspects of the gameplay that really make it stand out. Firstly, it’s a 243 ways to win game, which is always great as you experience the thrill of the win lots more than on your average slot. Then there is the Free Spins and Gamble feature, which means you can see those wins multiply. This game might be a New Year game, but you can experience the thrill of those wins all year round.