4 seasons Pokie Review
Cute! This is the word to point at 4 Seasons, a 5-reel 30-payline pokie powered by Betsoft. A closer look reveals: it is certainly not about doll-like symbols with heart-touching eyes. Meticulously elaborated setting of Chinese Zodiac is appealing, but this time Betsoft went further and lucratively supplemented it with a new bonus feature. This is a 4-season wheel running – animal by animal – through the year; every 30 days, i.e. 30 spins there is a new animal on top. This animal turns golden, two of its neighbors turn silver and six more animals turn bronze; it is nice to watch but the real beauty of it is that all these cuties are win multipliers! These little animals can indeed make big bickies! And there are also other features making this pokie very promising and attractive for Aussies who adore great wins.
Although the slot is equipped with an additional money-multiplying device, the Season wheel, it does not require any extra effort to play and win, especially if the game is played on a mobile device. The gameplay takes no efforts at all! It is a pure and lazy – or Oriental – pleasure. All controls are perfectly designed and neatly placed on the user-friendly interface. There are a few bet adjustment buttons: coin values are selected in the Choose Coin area ($0.01 to $1), the number of coins per line is decided with the Bet Per Line controls (up to 5), a bet is maximized with the Max Bet button and the reels are set in motion with SPIN (smartly turning into STOP, a nice feature many pokies lack).
The Auto mode is first adjusted (coins, bets, spins, cost, loss and win values) and is then switched on by clicking Auto Play. It may be switched off after any spin. Payouts and rules are available in detail by clicking the View Pays button at the top right corner, while game settings like sounds, visual effects and tempo are adjusted in the Option section at the top left corner.
4 Seasons is inspired by the Chinese Zodiac, therefore the symbols are the zodiac animals such as a dragon, tiger, ox, dog, rabbit, goat, rat, pig, snake, horse and rooster. Combinations of these symbols – 3, 4 or 5 – earn you money depending on a bet size (10 to 250 coins for each combination). There is also a Yin Yang symbol which stands for Scatter and triggers Free Spins. Golden Cat symbol is wild for any symbol except for Scatter, and it also pays out by itself when 3+ occur on an active line.
Time goes by as game proceeds but free spins actually stop time: the 4 Season Wheel does not count free spins as days, and does not rotate (it is by the way rotating counterclockwise). Free spins are triggered by scatters; these are elegant Yin Yang symbols. The more scatters you get, the better, because three Scatters make 8 free spins, four Scatters give 12 and five Scatters provide you with as many as 20 free spins. A lucky gambler may just sit and watch as the slot tries its luck on its own and wins for the gambler! The background is also worth watching: the picture beautifully reshapes itself season by season, representing the best of Betsoft mastery and Oriental nature.
Coins are valued from $0.01 to $1.00 and up to 5 coins may be bet at a time. All 30 paylines are in the game each spin, so a gambler who places a dollar coin per line, bets $30 per spin. The max bet is set at $150 (but a lucky winner may also gamble his winning in a Double Up feature). Regular payouts brought by combinations of symbols (3, 4 or 5) are not very high, up to 250 credits, but some avid gamblers would like to win more real money. That is why Betsoft took pain and built in some more extremely generous bonus features.
4 Season Wheel Multiplier
The Betsoft’s exclusive solution, 4 Season Wheel, symbolizes the uninterrupted passing of time and changing of seasons but it is first of all a pokie multiplier. The wheel rotates and brings on top a new animal every 30 spins where it turns golden and two of its neighbors become silver and the other six become bronze, so nine multipliers are constantly on! The golden one carries a multiplier of x10, a silver zodiac animal will increase your payout by x5, and a bronze-colored animal will double your win.
Bonus gone wild
Golden Cat which is Wild for any symbol except for Scatter is a jackpot trigger: five Cats will enrich the Aussie with an incredible 10,000 coins, i.e. up to 50,000 dollars!
Block Win Combos bonus
In addition to regular payline wins, there are also Block Win Combos or stacked animals. There are 12 animals, 5 reels and 30 lines and the chances are some animals would be stacked from time to time, actually, often enough to make it a very useful feature. This is a generous money generator if one looks deeply into it: every winning line that goes through a solid vertical block (all three rows) across at least two reels will be multiplied depending on the size of the block: a two reel block combo – by 2, a three reel block combo – by 3, a four reel block combo – by 5 and a five reel block combo – by an incredible 10. And there is more to that but one should take a deep breath before reading this: if a line pay goes through two separate blocks, both multipliers apply together and in addition to Season Wheel multipliers! That is why the intro video to 4 Seasons speaks of a joyful 750,000 credit win.
Double Up Game
It is hard to believe that the slot with so many bonus features has one more bonus that can increase your online casino winnings. There is a Double Up feature which one may use after each and any payout but shall use it with certain discretion. By pressing Double Up one gets into a new window where a standard Heads or Tails game is offered. A happy guess – Head or Tail? – doubles the win (otherwise it is lost). There is no limit on the number of tries just like there is no limit for good luck.
Bottom Line on 4 Seasons
4 Seasons is a lucrative 5 reel 30 line pokie set in a Chinese Zodiac theme and offering an innovative multiplier model, HQ 3D animation, a broad range of generous bonuses, Free Spins and a chance to win up to 750,000 credits.