Mining themed online pokies are popular at Australian online casinos for two reasons. Australia had a flourishing mining industry. There is a great similarity between miners and pokies players – both are hunting for riches. This article looks at mining themed online pokies from Microgaming and Playtech.
Fortune Finder is the Microgaming online pokie with a mining theme. The reels are set on a cart about to enter the mine. In a novel concept, you can choose one from gold, ruby and diamond as the wild symbol. The other two precious stones become normal symbols along with mine cart, pan of precious stones, dynamite sticks and pick axe. The mine cart awards to top line payouts, with the five-of-a-kind payout being 6,000 coins. You can expect some volatility in the online pokie. The miner is the scatter symbol. When three or more appear scattered on the reels you are awarded up to 25 free games. All payouts during the free games are doubled and the feature can be retriggered. Fortune Finder offers the Microgaming gamble game in which you can try to double or quadruple your payouts after any winning spin. The online pokie is live at Microgaming online casinos such as Casino Mate and Royal Vegas.
The mining themed online pokie from the software provider Playtech is titled Hot Gems. In the introductory clip you can see a miner digging deep inside a tunnel. The seam opens up and a flood of gems carries the miner out. The thematic symbols in the Hot Gems online pokie are miner, lantern, pick axe and mine cart. The miner awards the highest line payouts. In an interesting twist, Playtech has replaced the usual playing card icons by colourful gems. The Wild logo is the wild symbol, the Hot Gems logo is the scatter symbol and the Free Games logo and triggers the free games. Another interesting feature in this online pokie is called Collapsing Reels. The symbols that make winning combinations explode to leave voids that are then filled by other symbols. If winning combinations are formed again then the process repeats. The free games feature awards 15 free games. The Collapsing Reels feature is made more potent in the free games. With each collapsing of the reels the payout multiplier is increased by one. The graphics and animation in this online pokie are as exciting as the gaming features. Hot Gems is live at Playtech online casinos such as Casino.com and Omni Casino.