Wicked Winnings Legends Slot from Aristocrat
The Wicked Winnings slot series has been a very popular one throughout the years, spawning three separate versions. The series is based around an evil lady, who looks a little like a cross between Cruella de Ville and Jessica Rabbit, this character appearing at all four of the games.
The Wicked Winnings Legends slot actually offers you the opportunity of playing two different versions – Wicked Winnings II and Wicked Winnings IV, the latest version being the most interesting of all. For the purpose of this review, I’ll concentrate on this latest version.
How to Win on Wicked Winnings Legends
Wicked Winnings Legends make use of the ‘Reel Power’ format where instead of having a set number of win lines, any combination on consecutive reels from the left will trigger a prize.
The Raven is the highest paying symbol on the reels, worth an eye catching 5,000 coins, while a golden goblet pays 2,000. An evil looking skull and a burning bag of cash pay 1,000 and 400 coins respectively, while the standard symbols are completed by the playing cards from 9 to Ace.
The dark haired lady comes stacked 3 symbols high, in addition to appearing as individual symbols. This is the wild, substituting for all of the other symbols on the reels. This symbol only appears on the middle 3 reels.
Fire Up the Wicked Winnings Legends Features
This game awards random extra wilds during the base-game. On occasion, the lady will appear to the side of the reels and wave her hand at one of the reels, turning it completely wild, the lady now stacked three high. Not only will you be paid out any wins at this point, but you’ll also have a free re-spin where this wild reel is held in position. If another wild reel should appear at this point, you’ll have another re-spin, with both reels now sticky. In fact, you could have a third re-spin with reels 2, 3 and 4 all completely wild – which is guaranteed to give you a decent payout.
The other feature of the game is the free spins bonus round. Occasionally on reels 1 and 5 you’ll find a symbol backed by flames. If the flames appear on both reels 1 and 5 you’ll now enter the feature, where you’ll have 10 free spins. This is where it starts to become really interesting, as instead of just the one reel set, you’ll now be presented with four – the master reel set the top left one of the four. Each of the four reels sets will spin independently, so you have four times as many winning opportunities. However, if the wild symbol fills a reel on the master reels, this will now move onto one of the other 3 reels sets and remain sticky throughout the rest of the feature. This is a brilliant feature, which can be incredibly profitable, especially if you can land multiple wild reels.
Design and Setup
Graphically, this version of Wicked Winnings is the best of the four, especially when the evil female wild symbol takes up an entire reel and sits on her golden throne playing with fire. However, in comparison with some of the TV or movie themed slots on the casino floor, this slot doesn’t quite match up visually, perhaps due to the plain white background of the reels or the proliferation of Aristocrat’s trademark playing card symbols. The accompanying soundtrack to the game is a good one, especially when a reel becomes wild or you enter the bonus feature.
The ‘Reel Power’ format is certainly a plus point for the slot, as you’ll know immediately if you have won or not, without the need for memorizing all of the slots win lines. To play the maximum amount of reels it will you cost you 60 credits and the minimum cost per credit is just 1c.
The bonus features on Wicked Winnings IV really manage to set this game apart. The randomly awarded wild reels and the re-spins make for a much more intriguing base game than usual, where you could find yourself with a huge amount of winning combinations. While the free spins bonus round is one of the most enjoyable you’ll find on the casino floor, where wins will literally come at you from left, right and center.