Fortune Firecracker Slot Machine
Many Asian themed slots from Aristocrat are on the serious side. Many are colorful, have novel features as well as that famous Aristocrat playability, and have big win potential. What Fortune Firecracker adds to the mix is a little humor. The main character is a cheeky looking monkey.
Firecrackers trigger an interesting bonus. This is a free spins game where you can accumulate up to 4 sets of reels and 3 completely wild reels by collecting red envelopes. Overall this is an old-style game, with the familiar sounds and playing card symbols which characterized early Aristocrat slots.
Fortune Firecracker – Base Game and Winning Combinations
This game is played on the standard 3 rows on 5 reels grid – with scatters, wilds and bonus symbols all in play. While the red envelopes play an important role in the free games, they do not have any use when they appear in the base game. In fact, these symbols will often block other wins when they appear stacked on the reels.
You’ll want to see the monkey symbol as often as possible. This is wild, substituting for everything except for the firecrackers or red envelopes. Monkeys are also the best paying symbol. 5 on any of the 20 win lines will pay 2000 coins, with 500 coins for 4, 75 for 3 and 25 coins for just 2 from the left. Gold coins tied with a red ribbon are next, worth 1000 coins for the full 5. After these come some cymbals, fruit, a toy drum with ropes and some Chinese lanterns.
Brightly colored playing card symbols, aces down to nines, make up the rest of the symbols and supply smaller though regular wins.
Firecracker symbols are scatters, and will land with a crackling sound. If you hit 3 or more of these you win a scatter prize of 2x your total bet for that spin, plus you start the free spins feature.
Fu Shang Fu! The Split Reels Free Spins
At the start of the free spins, and every time you trigger an extra set of reels, a giant picture of the monkey appears and shouts ‘Fu Shang Fu!’ (this is also written below). The closest definition I could find was ‘Rise Up’ – which does make sense in the context.
You will get 15 free spins to start the bonus, though like all Aristocrat free spin games this can be retriggered by hitting 3+ of the bonus symbols during the feature.
There are 2 sets of reels to start with, side-by-side. You will see instructions above these that tell you to collect 9 to 12 envelopes for a 3rd set of reels, and 13+ for the maximum 4 sets of reels. Each time a new set is added, the monkey appears again. You will also earn wild reels. These start from the right, which makes it more difficult to create extra wins with them. If you are lucky enough to continue the bonus game for long enough to get the 4th reel and then 3rd reel wild – this could turn into a big money bonus. These wild reels appear on each set of reels, meaning that this free spins round gets better as you go.
Design and Setup
Overall the design is bright and clear, without being modern enough to stand out. In the background of the reels you see lanterns floating away – with the backing of the reels a plain white color. Primary colors are used to mark the 20 lines.
The symbols are plain, though do continue the humor theme. The money in particular is well drawn, especially the bigger version that you will see then the free spins bonus round kicks off. The use of firecrackers for the bonus trigger makes a nice change from gold coins or dragons.
Don’t expect too much on-theme from the sound effects. These are very much the standard Aristocrats slot sound library. Being a slightly older slot the double-click and ‘whooo’ when you are waiting for the 3rd bonus symbol are in place. During the free spins game, you will get a tune, though this is a stomping electronic ‘ditty’, rather than anything Asian.
The minimum bet is 20c and up – in multiplies of 20c – the maximums will be set by the individual casinos, though this is very much in the ‘penny slots’ camp.
Is Fortune Firecracker Worth Playing?
The bonus feature is the main attraction with this slot. If you get lucky and end up to 4 sets of reels and 3 wild reels this could end up being very profitable. The base game has a humor element, with the cheeky monkey featuring as the wild. While this is not the most recent Asian slot in the Aristocrat range, it does manage to hold its own – check out Fortune Firecracker for yourself soon!