Based on the infamous story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, this 30 fixed payline pokie from Lucky Games is set in the Persian desert with the reels placed inside the mouth of the cave where the treasures were rumoured to be hidden. Behind the reels the entrance to the cave can be seen, leading to where the treasures glimmer in the darkness.
The reels are attractive with high quality graphics and detailed symbols with gusts of wind that blow desert sand across the screen every so often.
This pokie has a high variance, which keeps the game risky, but exciting. With small wins scattered between some much bigger wins, players have the chance to win up to 500 times the bet. At max bet of $600 per spin this can equate to $300,000.
The exceptionally intelligent Morgiana features as the wild symbol. She comes in various sizes, 1×3, 1×2 and also as a single symbol. As smart as she is, Morgiana only stands in for other symbols when it comes to forming winning combinations. She doesn’t add a multiplier, nor does she have her own value. When an expanded version of the wild participates in a winning combo only the corresponding part will burst, leaving the rest untouched.
All symbols pay for 3 or more of a kind. Top paying symbols include Ali Baba, the leader of the forty thieves, a treasure chest, jewelled necklace and a ruby encrusted head piece. 5 Ali Baba symbols can land you $10,000 at maximum bet! The medium symbols include A, K and Q while only the J and 10 are grouped together as low paying.
Lanterns are the life and soul of this pokie! Lanterns are collected for each cascade or consecutive win. Collect 5 lanterns after 5 wins in a row, to trigger the bonus round.
Mega blocks are oversized symbols appearing as 2×2 or 3×3 blocks. It’s likened to a cluster of the same symbol which increases the chances of winning on any spin. The best part is that these mega blocks are reserved only for the top paying symbols which translates into better chances to hit a bigger win.
Mega blocks are especially durable during the free spins round. When they form part of a win they are not obliterated like the other symbols, well, not right away at least. The 2×2 blocks can be reused for another win and the bigger blocks will participate in 3 wins before being obliterated.
This modern feature has become popular in many of the newer releases. For each win, the symbols that form part of the winning combination disappear and the symbols fall down from above the fill the reels. Lucky adds an extra twist to this animated feature; with each cascade a lantern is added to the counter above the reels. 5 lanterns earned for 5 wins in a row triggers the bonus round!
Baba Bonus Round
Triggered by 5 consecutive wins, the Baba Bonus is a pick ‘em round that turns the reels into a 5×3 grid of hovering oil lamps. Players can select up to 12 of the 15 lamps which, when selected, reveal their true colour. Up for grabs are cash prizes, free spins and multipliers that are applied to the entire win. Selecting a broken lamp ends the bonus round.
When it comes to presentation, Ali Baba’s Lanterns does not disappoint bringing back to life many aspects of the old story with fun animations. For a modern game, it is not complicated. It’s a spin and win game with a straightforward bonus round. This time around there is no scatter symbol and the wild symbol has no value, making it really tough to get ahead. The bonus round is where the real winnings are, so the more often it is triggered the more cash there is to be won.