Chimney Stacks Pokie Review
It borders on absurdity that chimneys can ever be selected as a theme of whatever pokie. But Bally’s development team have done a brilliant job of bringing this weird theme to life. Digging a little deeper and abstracting your mind from chimneys as a part of a building or facility, shift your focus of attention to an artistic aspect. Well, chimneys are installed on roofs where one can soak up the atmosphere of city landscape and you have an astonishing bird’s eye view of streets, distant skyscrapers piercing the sky and small cars that look like ants from this height. And now you look at the pokie differently from how you perceived it at the beginning. By having designed this pokie, the creative guys from Bally teach us to see the beauty in everything, even in chimneys.
This is a 5-reel pokie with 4 rows and 40 fixed paylines. Above and behind the reels, there is a cityscape silhouette that makes you feel as if standing on a tall building and observing amenities of a busy city. Due to a great number of paylines and the 5×4 model, you can expect frequent wins that would occur on almost every round. Winning combos are formed in a traditional way, i.e., you get paid a money reward when three or more matching symbols stop on an active payline.
Regular symbols utilized in the pokie are divided into two groups: those that pay lower and higher. At the lower part of the paytable, there are typical playing card symbols from 9 through A (Ace). Rewards for these symbols are not that superb but they will happen very often because the pokie belongs under low-volatility games. The “volatility” term as used to describe pokies means the frequency of winnings during any given play session. Low-volatile pokies (like the reviewed one) have many payouts but when they do occur they tend to be small. Anyway, playing card icons are always bad payers and they cannot increase your bankroll significantly. The second subgroup consists of well-illustrated themed pictures such as Weathervane, Bellows and Top Hat. The best payouts for these symbols are $5000, $1500 and $1200, all for five of a kind.
As the number of lines is fixed and cannot be adjusted by a player, you have only one single option that can be changed, a line bet. By increasing or decreasing this value, a player may change a bet from $0.4 to $400 per spin ($0.01 to $10 per line). With the bet range in view, the pokie is ideal for players who look for high-bet games. If you are a high-roller, you will duly appreciate this title from Bally.
Stacked wild symbol
The wild substitution symbol is a Cityscape with the word “Wild” on top. The wild serves as a replacement for all non-feature pics and it helps them form winning combos when possible. If, for example, you get two regular symbols on reel 1 and 3 each, and the wild on reel 2, all landed on a payline, the wild will serve as the missing picture and create a three-of-a-kind combo.
Furthermore, wilds are positioned on a reel strip on top of each other. This kind of pattern is known as stacks, and they are designed to enhance player’s chances for a win. To better understand how you can benefit from a stack of the same symbol, imagine having the first and second reel covered with wilds completely. If this happens, absolutely any symbol on reel 3 will be part of a “wild + wild + that symbol” combination. This results in a few dozen combos being created on a single spin.
Ultimately, wilds are excellent payers by themselves. If you hit three, four or five of these feature symbols, your award will amount to $5000, depending on your bet size on that winning spin.
Free spins with wild reels
A Free Games icon is one of the most sought-for elements of the game because it gives you access to 10 free games. One of these symbols is not enough to activate the bonus – you need to get three of them on reels 1, 3 and 5 at a time, whereat you get an instant cash prize of 4 times a total bet (up to $1600 at max).
Free games have an added inherent feature. When spins begin, you will enjoy full-sized wild pictures that occupy all positions on a reel. A wild reel is pictured as a tall chimney and its function is the same as a normal wild, i.e. substitution. Sadly enough, free spins cannot be retriggered but 10 of them should suffice to add up nicely to your current bankroll.
Bottom line on Chimney Stacks
This funny pokie from Bally has a 5×4 field and 40 permanently enabled paylines. Features include a normal wild, stacked wilds, wild reels and free spins. If you like unhackneyed themes, just have a go with this game and enjoy some breathtaking action that wild symbols provide.