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While there are literally thousands
of slot machines available today only a handful reach the level where
gambling venues must have multiple versions of the game to keep players
happy. Interestingly enough some of the most popular pokies have been
re-released with different themes and music and have not been so popular.
It is hard to predict what players will like.
Below we list the top 15 most popular games in Australia. Most of them
are also found in casinos in other locations such as in the
United States and Europe. Aristocrat machines make
up the majority of games in Australia while overseas there is bigger
competition from makers such as IGT.
1. Queen of the Nile
Released as Golden Pyramids in early 1997 using Aristocrats
new Mk5 series technology, Queen of the Nile is the most commonly
popular game. It has an Egyptian theme, comes in 3, 9 and 20 line formats
and offers a 15 free games bonus. Almost a decade after its launch
it is still number one.
2. Indian Dreaming
Using Aristocrats "243 Way" configuration, Indian Dreaming was released
in 1999. It offers a relatively unique experience as you do not have
to line up symbols to win - symbols on adjacent reels win.
Offers the chance to win 5, 10 or 20 free games with X3 and X5 multipliers
added on the feature.
3. King Of The Nile
Clearly cashing in on the popularity of Queen of the Nile, Aristocrat
released King of the Nile in 2002. The game only comes in the 20 line
format. To give the game a point of difference
you have the second chance option at the end of the free spins - play
again, take the win or go for a mystery prize.
4. 5 Dragons
Part of the Reel Power range of games from Aristocrat, 5 Dragons features an Asian inspired theme with lot's of ways to win. Hitting three or more coins aligned left to right awards the free game bonus where you can choose from a range of free game options and possible win multipliers.
5. More Chilli
Released in 2007, More Chilli brings a whole new style of free spin feature. The game is part of the MKVI Gen 7 series and includes the Power Pay bet option. Three money bags award the free spins where you collect Chilli symbols to unlock extra sets of reels and guaranteed wilds.
The first 50 line video slot to be released. 50 Lions instantly looks
different from all other games as 20 symbols are displayed on the screen
instead of the normal 15. The game also has groups of the top paying
lion symbol on each reel so it is possible to get a whole screen of
the same symbol.
7. Lucky 88
Lucky 88 features the biggest free spin multiplier we have seen with a big X88 possible during the free spins. The game uses the 25 line format and includes the option for an extra bet with Aristocrat's Power Pay option. Win free spins with the scattered lanterns or the random "You are Lucky" bonus.
8. Show Me The Money
Released in 2000, Show Me The Money adds yet another twist to the free
games feature. In this case you can choose from five options of spins
and multiplier. These are 20 @ X2, 15 @ X3, 10 @ X5, 5 @ X10 and 3
@ X15. There is also a mystery prize for getting wilds on reels 1 and
9. Super Bucks
Now in it's fourth version release, the Super Bucks games are generally
only found in denominations of 50 or higher.
The fourth generation game offers the chance to choose between a range
of free spin options. Any additional scatters during the free spins
award between one and three extra games.
10. Wild Ways
Another game that uses the 243 Ways format, Wild Ways features a wild Africa theme with symbols such as lions, zebras and elephants. Three sunset symbols trigger 15 free spins where each paw that appears increases the win multiplier by X1 to a maximum of X15.
11. Where's the Gold?
Adding yet another twist to the free game bonus feature. Where's
The Gold offers the chance to win up to 20 free games. When the bonus
is activated you pick one of five characters. Then free spin amounts
and symbols drop down the screen. Any symbols collected become wild
on the free games.
12. Big Red
A high denomination game typically found in the 50c to $1 coin size, Big Red has an outback Australian theme and a win repeat bonus. Get any win with the wild Kangaroo and you get five games where each scattered tree symbols pays the triggering win of up to $2500 per tree.
Now in it's second release, Prize Fight is a boxing theme game that
is only found in the higher denominations starting at $1. Three KO
symbols on an active line award 5 free games with all wins tripled.
The free game wins can only occur on the line that activated the bonus.
14. Mr Cashman
The Mr Cashman series brought back some of the early games
such as Jail Bird and Mystic Eyes and added a new twist. For an additional
side bet you can have the chance at one of five randomly hit bonus
games. These include
free spins, instant prize, poker machine and random reel spin.
15. Penguin Pays
Most commonly found in the 9 line format, Penguin Pays offs something
a little different from the usual bonus game. Landing an iceberg on
reel one and a coin on reel five activates the bonus. The wild penguin
then jumps to all 15 reel positions and pays for any combinations in
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