Wicked Winnings is as close to a ‘flagship’ slot as any from the Aristocrat range. This slot is now in its third generation, with the original – Wicked Winnings 1 – released back in the year 2000. This game has proven so popular that it is getting rare to find any reasonably large casino which does not have it. While this game has not yet made it to online casinos, you can find it in free-to-play format as an App in the Apple store. With so many other Aristocrat pokies now online, I hope that this one will make the transition shortly.
The theme of all 3 games is, broadly speaking, evil stuff. There is a raven, vampire, skull, and so on. Graphics have improved as the 3 games were released, though they are still rather plain compared to games from other producers. You’ll find the hallmark click-click of the reels, the electronic tunes when you win and the circus music for big wins are all included. The visual hallmarks like the playing cards and prompts for wins on different lines also cover all 3 games. There is a power play feature, which allows you to add an ante to your spin amount, in return for better options when you trigger the free spins rounds.
These are ‘reel power’ games nowadays. This system does not use the old win-lines format. Instead you’ll win with any sequence of symbols from the left hand side. This gives you 243 ways to win on Wicked Winning 1 and 2 pokies, and more than 900 on the 3rd version – which has 6 reels instead of 5.
I’ll cover all 3 games in this section – as they are based on the same setup, though coin totals and buttons may be in different places as each successive slot was introduced.
Wicked Winnings 1 and 2 slot games can be played for 50 coins. With the smallest amount set at 1c in most casinos, you can spin from 50c. The third one needs 200 coins to play, giving a $2 minimum (though the payouts are potentially much bigger to balance this). The max coin size for Aristocrat slots is usually $4 which gives a max of $200 for WW 1 and 2 and $800 for WW 3. Like all Aristocrat games, you’ll have the option to set up autoplay, and a useful ‘max bet’ button too. You will also get the chance to gamble your winnings on the flip of a card.
While the winning amounts vary through the 3 games, the top symbols remain the same. The Raven is what you want to see. 5 of these will get you 5000 coins in Wicked Winnings 2, and 6 of them 8000 coins in Wicked Winnings 3. The female vampire is a wild symbol in these games. There are no payouts attributed to this symbol, so we can assume that it counts as the best possible replacement (the Raven) when you get 5 on a line. The wilds are stacked in all of the versions, meaning you can get one that covers all the lines on a reel – multiplying your wins. The goblet and scull are the next biggest regular symbols. The standard playing cards are in place, though these only give small payouts, they add up fast with the 243 way winning combinations.
To trigger the free spins feature on the Wicked Winnings slot machine, you’ll need to get ‘flaming’ symbols in reels 1 and 2 (you get a ‘whooooo’ sound when it lands in one and faster spinning of the last reel). When this happens you are awarded 15 free spins. With the stacked wilds of the female vampire, this round is the key way in which big payouts happen in the Wicked Winnings slots. You can retrigger for even more spins during the game, giving you the potential for a jackpot payout.
While the free spins feature is potentially very profitable, it does beg the question if ‘is that it?’.
With many slots (both from Aristocrat and others) boasting multiple bonuses and features on the reels themselves, this somehow feels a little too simple for many players. Aristocrat are certainly moving in the right direction with impressive live slots such as free Wicked Winnings and Outback Jack. There are also already rumors that a 4th installment in the Wicked Winnings series is on the way – which I am sure many people will be looking forward too.
Aristocrat has always focused on playability first, rather than gimmicks. The three Wicked Winnings slot machine games have managed to become some of the most popular slots on the floor of live casinos by focusing on solid and entertaining play – I recommend you take them for a spin.