Lucky 88 Slots
Developed by the Australian slot machine giant Aristocrat Technologies, the Lucky 88 is an oriental themed online slots game that is both impressive and also easy to play. The game reflects an overall oriental style and has reel symbols, fonts, the music and background from the East, particularly China. Aristocrat has included several Chinese numerals, symbols of Chinese traditional fruits, dragon statues, gold coins, paper lanterns, red packets and cranes. Also included are a temple, a swan, drum, a Japanese man, alphabets A, K, Q and numbers 10 and 9. The background is extremely energetic – with flitting patterns of red, purple and blue.
The Lucky 88 video slot has five reels and features a total of 25 lines. The wild symbol features the Japanese man and the scatter symbol has the red paper lantern. The maximum payout occurs at 888 coins when all five reels have the Japanese man on them. Except for the scatter symbol, the Japanese man in his traditional attire can replace every other symbol on the reel to create the winning combination and also multiply the winnings.
Extended Features – How to Play and Real Money Versions
The Lucky 88 is available for free play as well as real money. The red paper lantern awards prizes from any position on the reel. You get your stakes back when two lanterns appear. Your stakes get doubled with the appearance of three lanterns. They increased 8 times with four symbols and get multiplied 188 times when all five reels have the lantern symbol. All other wins pay left to right. The coins range from one cent to $4 and the betting range starts from one cent moving up to reach the maximum of $100, but only in the UK or Europe and not the US.
You can choose the number of lines you want to play. However, only one coin can be played in one line. The maximum bet amount therefore is $120 and the jackpot provided at 888 coins amounts to $3,552.
There are no progressive jackpots but The Lucky 88 features multipliers, free games and generous bonuses. There is no background music during the game except when the free games feature is triggered and being played. Each win is highlighted using images and sounds.
The Bonus Rounds
The free game bonus round is triggered when three or more scatter symbols appear. You can choose between rolling the dice or taking up free spins. Four choices of free spins exist –
- Four free spins that multiply the winnings by 8X.
- Eight free spins multiply by 18X or 88X.
- 16 free spins that multiply by 8X or 38X
- 25 free spins that multiply by 5X or 18X.
In case you choose to roll the dice, prizes depend on the number of times that eight appears. There exists an extra choice feature. You get five extra credits to bet along with betting on all 25 lines. The presence of an extra choice feature is essential for the scatter bonus game to be triggered.
The payout percent for online Lucky 88 games varies between 89.9 to 95.5 per cent.
Naming the Slot Machine
Keeping coherence with the oriental theme that The Lucky 88 Slot follows, its name reflects the Chinese association of luck with the number eight. The number eight holds the same status as lucky number seven in the West and folks in China even pay a little extra to have number eight in their phone number, license plate or address.
88 therefore is believed to be twice as lucky and is looked upon as the number that brings fortune and the Lucky 88 slot machine has players hoping to get winning combinations of eight for this very reason.