Moon Maidens II Slot Machine

Slot maker Aristocrat have a history of taking their most popular titles and giving them an upgrade. This is exactly what they have done with Moon Maidens II, which reprise the dual games based on Mona and Selena. The original video slots were impressive, though lacked anything distinctive in their game play. Moon Maidens II comes with more flexibility.

Players get to choose how many rows of symbols to play, and there are opportunities to select which symbols get super-stacked in the free spins game. Add to this a progressive jackpot and some excellent visual effects – and I am sure you agree that this more than just a simple make over.

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Winning in the Base Game of Moon Maidens II

Many Aristocrat slot machines give you a choice of how many reels to include (their ‘reel power’ system). Moon Maidens II goes one step further and lets you decide to play between 3 and 6 rows of symbols over the 5 reels. This increases the number of winning combinations dramatically as you up the number of rows.

The two games are essentially the same, with some minor differences in the symbols and design. Selene is more of an ice (or moonlight) feel, while Mona is fiery.

You’ll want to see the moon maidens logo as often as possible, this symbol is wild and can create a lot of wins in combination with other symbols. The best possible outcome from a spin is to cover all of the reels with stacked wilds. Other unique symbols include the maidens, who look at you from the reels with a head-view of each. There are also eyeglasses (which also play a role in the bonus game), hawks and a mystic looking horn. As usual in Aristocrat games, you will also find playing card symbols – these make up the smaller wins.


Moon Maidens II Bonus Games

Taking the Mona game as an example, the bonuses can be triggered from a special eye glass bonus symbol which can appear at any time. This triggers an animation where a giant pair of eyeglasses appears over the reels. These scan a moonlit city, revealing brightly colored gems in the lenses. Your task is to pick gems, which can have several different outcomes. You can reveal a moon-wheel spin, free games or a credit amount.

The wheel is a separate animation in which an elaborate looking wheel appears – you touch the screen to spin it. Most of the segments on this wheel contain credit wins, some of them fairly large. One segment shows the word jackpot, and another shows ‘free games’.

When you trigger the jackpot game, either via the reels or though the wheel, then you go to yet another separate screen. This gives you a grid of moons. Each one you press shows one of the 4 jackpots, ranging from mini to grand. When you select 3 of the same one, then that is the jackpot that you win.

Free spins also start with a selection (this time based on the Selene version). Here you get to choose which symbol appears stacked on the reels. The better the symbol you choose, in terms of potential prizes, the smaller the number of spins you get. At either extreme, you can have 6 spins with super-stacked wilds, or 18 spins with one of the minor symbols super-stacked. As is always the case with these games, over time the outcomes will be similar. Depending on your personal preference, you can select the higher or lower variance route.

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Design and Setup of Moon Maidens II

These games use Aristocrat’s Arc cabinets, which are curved screens. These are not the biggest cabinets, though are visually very impressive – especially when you compare them to the smaller screens of the original Moon Maidens slots. It has been several years since the originals were released, and the improvement in graphics and animations is obvious from the moment you start to play. There are impressive animations on the reels, and the moon effects are very detailed too.

Most impressive of all are the effects when you hit the bonus games. The giant eye glasses surveying the city is certainly worth checking out.

Summing up, Aristocrat have done an excellent job in revamping these popular titles. There is always the risk that the appeal of the originals can get lost. This happens when enthusiastic designers add too many flourishes and extra features. I’m happy to say that these upgrades did not fall into this trap. While there are some entertaining new elements, and an excellent design overhaul, the feeling and spirit of the original games are very much intact.