Lucky 88 Slot Review
Lucky 88 is a 5 reel, 25 payline game made by Aristocrat. Following the success of Lucky 88 in land based casinos, Aristocrat decided to launch an online version of this classic game. The look and theme of the game is based on Chinese symbols of good luck – the number 8 is believed to be the luckiest number in Chinese culture. Lions and cranes play also an important part for the Chinese as statues of lions were often found in emperor palaces and cranes represent immortality.
Lucky 88 slot features wilds, scatters, multipliers, a bonus game with free spins or roll the dice, an extra choice feature and a gamble feature. You can play from 25p to £50 a spin but if you select the Extra Choice feature, you will play from 30p to £60 a spin. It gives you better options when you trigger the bonus features basically.
Anyway, the most rewarding symbol is Emperor wild symbol – if you get 5 symbols on an active payline your win is multiplied by 888 times. The Paper Lantern and Emperor symbols form winning combinations with just 2 identical symbols.
The Paper Lantern is a scatter symbol – 3 or more of these on the reels simultaneously will trigger the Free Games feature. You then have to choice between choose your free spins or the Roll Your Lucky Dice feature. In terms of free spins, you can choose from 25 free spins with a 5x multiplier with it raising to 18x if you get a wild on a winning payline, 15 free spins with a 8x multiplier (wild can raise it up to 30x), 8 free spins with a 18x multiplier (wild will raise it up to 88x) or 4 free spins with a 88x multiplier.
If you chose the Roll Your Lucky Dice feature, you get the roll the dice 3 times. When you start the feature, the dice will roll and where an ‘8’ is rolled that ‘8’ will hold and there is going to be a re-spin until you do not roll any ‘8’. The re-spins do not count as spins. When you do not roll an ‘8’ you have to use another spin. The game will continue until you have used up your 3 rolls. The money you received is based on the number of ‘8’ showing on the matrix.
The Free Games feature is the main appeal of Lucky 88 and is similar in nature to Queen of the Nile II in the way you choose the free spins with the potential multiplier. It’s a medium to high variance game which can eat away at your bankroll – don’t expect to trigger the feature very often.