Aristocrat, who created the ‘Big Red’ slot, are Australia’s biggest slots maker. Their games can be found in pokie (the Aussie name for slots) halls all over the country. Big Red has a truly Australian theme, and is named after the vast outback with its distinctive red soil.
This is a simple slot to play. It has 5 win lines and a free spins feature round. You can enjoy the Big Red slot both at live casinos and online. This is considered a high variance game, with the occasional big wins replacing multiple smaller payouts.
Big Red includes many of the hallmarks which characterize Aristocrat slots. The sounds, including retro computer tunes for wins and the ‘galloping’ clicks when the reels stop, will be familiar to fans of Aristocrat games. The graphics have been updated for the online version compared to the original live slot. The symbols are 100% Aussie, including a Kangaroo, Dingo, Crocodile and Eucalyptus tree.
The live and online versions of this game are the same, though the control buttons are slightly different. Live you’ll get to choose from 1 to 5 lines by hitting a distinct button for each. Online there are plus and minus buttons. You can play any number of lines, and choose your coin amount for each. In addition there is a multiplier, allowing you to bet between 1 and 12 times the combined lines and coin amounts. This makes the minimum 2c (in practice live casinos require at least 20c) and the maximum $5.
Crocodiles are the top standard symbol, you’ll get 1250 coins for 5 on a line. Pigs, eagles and dingo’s come next. The standard playing card symbols which you will find on all Aristocrat slots are also included for the smaller payouts.
There are two special symbols. First the Eucalyptus tree, which is the scatter symbol. This pays from 2 of a kind anywhere on the screen. The Kangaroo is the symbol you really want to see. This is the wild symbol, and also triggers the bonus feature when it is involved in a winning combination.
One big advantage of having 5 win lines instead of the usual 25+ is that you can easily see when a winning combination lands. None of that ‘is that on a line, or isn’t it?’ that you’ll often find with more complex games.
The free spins feature is triggered when a Kangaroo makes up a winning combination. This starts off with 5 free spins, and can be retriggered during the bonus round. There is an extra feature with the scatter during the free spins. If you get one or more of these, then the amount that you won on the spin which triggered the bonus is added to your total. Since you’ll have a wild involved in that initial win, there is always a chance that this will make a big difference to your total.
As with all Aristocrat slots, you’ll be able to gamble any wins with a red / black random card draw.
The outback, or ‘Big Red’, makes up 70% of the land in Australia. This is considered separate from the ‘Bush’ due to its remoteness and dryness. This land is very sparsely populated by people, though has a huge Kangaroo population. It is estimated that there are 50 million Kangaroos in Australia, which means there are more of these marsupials than there are people.
It is easy to see why this slot became a live favorite, particularly in its home country down-under. The simple game play combined with the ever present potential to hit the free spins round, which can quickly multiply thanks to the tree symbol repeating your wins.
There are many newer slots which are more involved and include break-out features. For me, very few of these can recreate the entertainment value of classic ‘pokies’ like Big Red – make sure you check it out soon