Roaming Reels Pokie Game
Roaming Reels was one of Ainsworth’s first nationwide land based hits, taking the clubs and casinos of Australia by storm with its impressive graphics and solid bonus features. The game certainly must have been doing something right as it continues to be a popular choice among players that enjoy what many would deem to be typical gaming action. Now, we take a closer look at what’s on offer on the board and the online alternatives that Aussie players can seek out in its place.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 50
Special Features: Wilds, scatters and free spins
Top Prize: 100,000 coins
Roaming Reels is offered at a select few gaming destinations, but one thing that they each have in common is that Aussie players can’t play any games from Aristocrat or Ainsworth on any site. That does of course extend to Roaming Reels itself, but there are plenty of great games out there that fit the bill whether you’re looking for free spins, fifty win lines or an equally compelling theme. We’ve selected some of our favourites and they’re each a great place to start.
Soccer Safari by Microgaming
If you’re after safari style action then you can’t do much better than Soccer Safari, even if the action is presented in something of a sporting context! The graphics are just as good as the outstanding ones on Roaming Reels and you’ll also find wild cards and free spins punctuating the action. Throw in thirty bet lines and you’re not a million miles away from playing Roaming Reels online.
Safari Madness by NetEnt
NetEnt also has a game of its own with a safari theme, although it is fair to say that players are looking at something of a compromise in this regard. Safari Madness is one of the developer’s leading three reel pokies, something that will be just as familiar to land based players as Roaming Reels itself. This is no pub pokie though and NetEnt has a way of making their three reel games just as exciting as their five reel counterparts and if you’re looking for something refreshing with a great theme, this is definitely the ticket.
Gold Factory by Microgaming
Finally, we come to a game that is a mainstay of our recommendations for online alternatives to Ainsworth games. The developer has plenty of fifty line games to its credit and this one is a cracker in every respect. The theme is completely different and falls in line with the name of the game, but as far as gameplay goes, you’re unlikely to find anything finer. Aside from fifty lines there’s also free spins, themed bonuses and plenty more to sink your teeth into.
As for Roaming Reels itself, the game is played by choosing a bet per line. Those lines aren’t fixed at fifty either, that’s merely the top end and you can adjust the number downwards as you see fit. It can certainly lead to some interesting combinations and there’s plenty to tinker with before you get the reels spinning.
As with virtually every safari themed poker machine, the wild card is represented by the trusty lion. He appears only on reels three, four and five so you’ll be hoping to already have a decent line-up of symbols in place before he comes along, but he can certainly prove useful given the huge number of win lines in play. He’s joined among feature based symbols by the tree, which is crucial for entering the main bonus game and more are definitely better. Three trees on a spin will award eight free spins, while four award twelve. Land a tree on every reel on the board and you’ll scoop twenty free spins in a game that is among the biggest Ainsworth bonus games around.
One small but certainly worthwhile addition to the feature game is the lion’s paw print which effectively serves as a second scatter. Three in view, regardless of their position, will instantly award ten times your stake. That’s not all, as trees also continue to play a part, awarding additional free spins as they land in play.
Game Culture’s Opinion
Roaming Reels definitely checks all the boxes when it comes to graphics and also benefits from offering one of the more impressive feature rounds that Ainsworth has to offer. It’s definitely an outstanding choice for any fan of the developer and even if you can’t play the game itself, the recommendations above are certainly great alternatives in their own right.