The Christmas festivities might be over for another year, but we still have a big celebration coming up in the form of New Year’s Eve. There are lots of ways to welcome 2022, but since street parties probably won’t be on the cards for many of us, we’re keen to consider any and all alternatives. Our own plan is to see in the New Year by playing two particularly suitable pokies: Lucky New Year from Pragmatic Play and New Year Riches from Play’n GO.
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Have Yourself a Lucky New Year
The Lucky New Year pokie machine from Pragmatic Play has a Chinese New Year theme, but it’s so much fun that we don’t see why we can’t make it part of our own celebrations here in New Zealand.
This 5-reel game has 25 pay lines and boasts a rich, vibrant design, with colourful visuals and fireworks constantly exploding in the background. Symbols include citrus fruit, drums, firecrackers, a New Year dragon mask and Lucky Lanterns that have a cash value attached. A golden dog is wild on all reels and a money tree bearing Chinese lucky coins on the first, third and fifth reels serves as a scatter.
Get six or more Lucky Lanterns on the reels and you’ll trigger a special feature that gives you a chance of collecting even more lanterns for big cash prizes. Similarly, land three money tree scatter symbols on the reels in the main game and you’ll win five free spins. In this part of the game, the middle three reels spin in unison to show one giant 3×3 symbol.
Make a Wish for New Year Riches
While Lucky New Year gives you a taste of distinctly Chinese-style celebrations, New Year Riches from Play’n GO is a pokie with a much more international flavour. This five-reel game is presented against a stunning cityscape background, making it easy to imagine that you’re playing from the top of the Empire State Building in New York.
The higher-value symbols in this game are all world landmarks, such as London’s Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty, and they are presented as you might expect to see them illuminated on New Year’s Eve. A Champagne bottle with a generously filled glass is wild, and a clock dial is a scatter.
A New Year Free Spins round is triggered by getting three scatters on the reels. You’ll receive 10 free spins, and while you won’t be able to retrigger them you’ll enjoy a multiplier that starts at x2 and increases by 2 with each free spin. This is a great way to recreate the ‘countdown to the New Year’ experience, and it will give you a massive x20 multiplier on the last free spin.
Have a Happy New Year
Enjoy the two games highlighted here as 2021 draws to a close and you just might end it with a welcome win. Whatever the case, you’re sure to have fun, so enjoy the pokies and have a Happy New Year!