January 26 is celebrated as Australia Day. It marks the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships in Port Jackson. Players at online casinos may want to celebrate by playing typically Australian themed pokies. Red Sands from Realtime Gaming is specially recommended. It is live at online casinos like Majestic Slots and Fair Go.
Parts of the Australian hinterland have tracts of red sand. These are places for camping and even attract overseas tourists. The online pokie has picked up this aspect of Australia for its name. The high paying symbols are animals found only in the Australian continent such as echidna, wombat and koala. These start paying out from combinations of two symbols. The usual playing card icons are the low paying symbols. The art work of these symbols is taken from Aboriginal art.
The kangaroo is the most iconic symbol of Australia. In Red Sands online pokie the kangaroo is a wild symbol that doubles payouts when substituting in winning combinations. It also awards the highest line payouts starting from a one symbol combination. Five kangaroos on an active payline award 5,000 times the line bet. Red Sands can be expected to have fairly high volatility.
The moonscape is the scatter symbol. If you land two or more scatter symbols on the reels in the same spin, you will be awarded payouts multiplied by the total bet. The symbols have to be aligned from left to right or right to left, but not necessarily on active paylines. Two or more moonscape symbols similarly aligned trigger the Respin Feature. The reels with the moonscapes symbols are held fixed while the remaining reels spin again. The number of respins is randomly determined and can be up to 10 times. Only scatter payouts are awarded in the respins. However the symbols no longer need to be aligned and the kangaroo wild symbol starts substituting for the scatter symbols.
Red Sands also includes the Realtime Gaming randomly triggered progressive jackpot. It can be hit after any spin. There is no minimum bet required and you do not have to land any specified combination of symbols on the reels. The online pokie has five reels, three rows and 20 selectable paylines. The maximum line bet is AU$0.25, which works out to a maximum total bet of AU$5 per spin. Red Sands is essentially a low rollers online pokie.