This Aristocrat slot title was first released back in 1998. The modern versions of this live casino game now include the ‘reel power’ 243-ways play, though the graphics and game play are unchanged from the original. The theme is native Americans, with teepee, squaw and chief symbols among the familiar Aristocrat playing cards. This game feels very retro compared to other games.
Anyone familiar with Aristocrat slots will instantly recognize the clicking sound as the reels come to a stop. The sounds for winning combinations are also very much associated with this software developer. They sound like they were generated by a 1980’s home computer. Indian Dreaming also includes the familiar free spins round, though there are no other particularly interesting features.
This is not the only slot from Aristocrat which uses a North American theme. The Buffalo slot covers the wild animals of old America as the theme, while ‘Where’d the Gold?’ is a gold-rush inspired game.
With 243-ways reel power games you select reels instead of win-lines. The default is to keep all 5 reels in play, which gives you the full number of winning combinations. Any sequence of symbols from left to right starting on the first reel is a winner in this format. If you disable the last reel, you’ll have just 81 possible combinations, and with 3 reels this goes down to 27. With wild symbols in play, I like to maximize my winning chances for every spin by choosing the full 243-ways setup.
By selecting the reels and coins using the buttons below the reels, you’ll see the total bet amount change on top of the reels on the left. This is the total in coins, and determines how much you are gambling per spin. There is an autoplay option (as with all Aristocrat slots), and you’ll have the chance to gamble any wins on the outcome of a random playing card too.
The symbol you’ll want to see in this game is the chief. This is worth 500 coins for 5. The buffalo comes next (400) and then the totem pole and axe (200). The rest of the winning symbols are made up of the playing cards, which look the same on all Aristocrat slots regardless of the theme.
There are two other important symbols. First the teepee, which is the wild symbol in this game. When a teepee makes a winning combination from lines 2 or 4, you’ll get a 2x or 3x multiplier for that winning line. The scatter symbol looks like a top-down look at a tribal head dress. This triggers the free spins round, and can also win you up to 250 coins for 5 anywhere on the screen.
The number of scatters determines how many free spins you’ll receive. 3 head dresses means 10 spins, 4 for 15 or 5 for 20 spins in total. The bonus round itself has no distinctive features, you’ll still enjoy the multipliers for teepee wins on reels 2 or 4. You can retrigger the bonus round while enjoying the free spins too.
Did You Know? Indian Casinos – Indian tribes in the USA won the right to build casinos on their tribal lands in a historic legal ruling in 1988. This forced individual states to negotiate deals known as ‘Compacts’ with the tribes. The type of casino gaming allowed is divided into 3 classes. Which can be used by an individual tribe is determined by the type of gaming allowed in each State. While you’ll find the Indian Dreaming slot in casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City – I do not know how widespread this game is in tribal casinos across the country.
This is a retro slot, lacking the sharp graphics and interesting features of many more up to date titles. It plays to Aristocrat’s strengths, being playable and having the potential for big wins, without being flashy. The sounds and feel of the game will definitely appeal to Aristocrat slot fans, though players looking for an immersive experience should probably look elsewhere.