Money Heat Pokie Game
If you were starting to think that Ainsworth was something of a one trick pony with just Oriental and animal themed pokies to their name, then Money Heat comes along at the perfect time. Rather than going all out to bring a theme to life through various symbols, this game instead focuses on the serious side of poker machine gaming – cold hard cash. Blazing gold bars, fiery playing cards and more await on one of the most feature packed games that the developer has ever released.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 50
Special Features: Wilds, scatters, free spins, multipliers and more
Top Prize: 100,000 coins
An authentic version of Money Heat can be found at certain online destinations but it shares one essential factor with all the other Ainsworth pokies – the fact that it is blocked from being played when it comes to anyone in Australia. It’s certainly a pity that games made here can’t be played here (the same applies to Aristocrat pokies) but that just means that we can expand our horizons with comparable games from other developers that do a sterling job of keeping the action going. If you’re a Money Heat fan, these games are sure to be right up your street:
Pure Platinum by Microgaming
If you can’t get your hands on cold hard cash then the next best thing is almost certainly a whole lot of precious metals. Pure Platinum makes it to the top of the list by taking the theme to the extreme to the point you can almost feel the symbols, while also almost equalling the number of win lines offered across the five reel board with forty. It also has more than its fair share of features too, making for a gaming experience that is not to be missed by any Money Heat fan.
While fifty win lines are one of the reasons for playing Money Heat in the first place, NetEnt has you covered and Mega Fortune is arguably an even better alternative than Pure Platinum. The focus is once again on luxury with symbols depicting watches and other fine items but it is in the main feature where the money element really strikes home. Mega Fortune is one of the biggest jackpot games of all time so if you’ve got money on your mind, this is one game that can make any dream a reality!
Stash of the Titans by Microgaming
Microgaming is no stranger to the cash based theme on pokies either and Stash of the Titans may be a terrible play on words, but does make for a cracking game. With twenty win lines, free spins and much more, it is certainly a more than adequate substitute for Money Heat and a game that has a diverse appeal.
The betting options on Ainsworth pokies are generally much of a muchness and you’ll be well aware by now that the two values you need to keep in mind are the number of win lines you wish to play over and the bet you want to place on each. Put those two figures together and you’ll reach the total bet displayed on the control bar, which will dictate the value of the prizes as they land on the board.
The wild card on Money Heat is suitably depicted by a golden dollar sign and it is particularly useful on the game given the sheer frequency with which it appears. It’s even more valuable during the bonus round too as any appearance on the third reel, while also forming part of a winning combination, will lead to a generous five times multiplier being applied.
Speaking of the bonus round, it starts off as being pretty familiar to any Ainsworth fan. Three or more Money Heat gold coins in view will kick things off and players will receive ten free spins, with the opportunity to win five more every time further sets of three scatters land. In addition to the improved value of the wild card, players may well encounter a bonus reel during the round which pops up with a multiplier of its own. Many of the positions on this reel are blank, but if you land a two, three or five times multiplier on that reel as part of a winning spin, that’s exactly how much bigger your prizes will be!
Game Culture’s Opinion
At their core, Ainsworth’s leading poker machines are all rather similar. However, Money Heat does a great job of bucking the trend through the inclusion of the multiplier reel, all without compromising on the quality and entertainment of the core action. If you’re looking for typically solid gameplay with a few extra twists that can’t be found elsewhere then this is the game for you – and even if you can’t play it online due to geo-blocks, the great alternatives featured above are more than adequate replacements.