Lucky 88 is an Asian themed 5 reel video slot from Aristocrat which started off in live casinos and has now arrived online. The theme is based around the number 88, which is considered lucky in many eastern societies. There are luck symbols including herons, golden dragons and traditional drums on the reels. This is one of many Asian themed slots in the range of software provider Aristocrat. Others include Imperial House, Choy Sun Doa, Geisha and 50 Dragons.
While this slot has some innovative features, it is essentially a simple game. There is an ‘extra’ option, where for 5 more credits per spin you get better terms on the feature games. Lucky 88 does not use the reel-power setup of many Aristocrat slots, instead using the standard 25 win-line setup.
In common with other Aristocrat games you will find the galloping clicks sound of the reels coming to a halt, the playing card symbols, the retro computer tunes for wins and the familiar playing card symbols. This slot does include animations. Some of the reels (the emperor) animate when include in a winning line. On the frame of the game, the fire-crackers go off after each spin.
You can choose from between 1 and 25 lines on this slot, though you will only enjoy the features for the full 25. Bet sizes can be selected starting at 1c up to $4, this makes the maximum bet $100 for the full 25 lines. You can also pick the ‘extra choice’ option (I recommend you do) for a further 5 coins you’ll get enhanced choices for free spins and the lucky dice games.
The top symbol in this game is the emperor, which is also the wild. 5 of this symbol can win you 888 credits. This symbol will also add a multiplier to any win it is a part of. This is between 2x and 88x the win amount.
Unusually, the other symbols are close in value. Most Aristocrat slots have a hierarchy of bigger and smaller wins. In Lucky 88 you’ll find dragons, herons and jewels all pay 88 credits for 5, with pagodas and drums paying 78. The playing cards are not far behind, with aces and kings 68 credits going down to 48 with 9’s.
Lanterns act as the scatter in this game. These have payouts of their own, though you’ll be more interested in them triggering the bonus features, which are where the bigger wins will come from.
When you hit 3+ lanterns, you’ll be able to choose from either the free games feature or the lucky dice feature. If you selected the ‘extra choice’ option during normal play, then the options are far wider within both of these games. I recommend you select this 5 more coins enhanced option every time.
For the free games option you can choose from more free spins with a lower multiplier, or fewer spins with a huge multiplier. At either extreme there are 25 spins, with 5x to 18x multipliers or 4 spins with a multiplier of 88x. This feature can be retriggered while it is running.
The dice feature gets you 3 dice games, you’ll win more cash the more 8’s you roll – these are totaled at the end of each game. In the last game the middle dice will spin to let you know whether you have won 3 more games if you have chosen the extra version.
Asian themed slots is a crowded genre. Aristocrat themselves have many to choose from, and most other software houses have at least a few. Lucky 88 is a simple enough game, like all the Aristocrat titles the emphasis is on a playable slot rather than pushing the limits of what slots should do. I like the enhanced choices option (I think you’ll regret it when you hit the feature without this), and the potential for 88x multipliers give you the opportunity to win big too.