I’ve seen this game on the casino floor but hadn’t come across it for online play before now. It’s a fairly typical machine, utilising a five-by-three reel layout with thirty pay lines and some run-of-the-mill free spin and pick me style bonus features to break up the action.
The theme is similarly uninspiring with a variety of Chinese-inspired symbols adorning the reel strips, but the graphics are well drawn and I was impressed by how beautiful the game looked particularly when played in full-screen mode.
The introduction screen also caught my attention thanks to its promise of wins of up to 5,000x your stake being up for grabs, and after seeing that I was more than ready to dive in and give this pokie a try!
About The Developer
Bally was founded in 1968 in Las Vegas, USA, and quickly gained a foothold within the lucrative Nevada gaming industry. The company was originally known as Advanced Patent Technology, a name which still existed until 1996 when the business rebranded itself entirely under their most well known property – Bally Gaming.
This developer was quite late to join the online revolution, perhaps because of the questionable status of online gambling within the United States.
When Scientific Games acquired the Bally brand in 2014 they quickly began porting many of their most well-known pokies for online play, allowing many European players to experience these games away from the casino floors for the first time.
How To Play
This game uses a similar user interface to many of the online versions of Barcrest’s pokies, perhaps unsurprisingly considering that both brands are now owned by Scientific Games.
That’s probably a good thing, as many developers of land-based pokies have previously struggled to create intuitive user interfaces for online play where physical buttons and multiple screens are not available.
To the left of the reels, there are four icons, the first of which is labelled “i” and opens the game’s rules in a seperate window. I didn’t really like this as much of the information tucked away here feels as if it should really be available from inside the game, perhaps as part of the game’s paytable.
The remaining buttons provide access to the autoplay configuration window, the paytable, and a rather pointless configuration menu with just one option for toggling the audio on and off. On the other side of the screen is a dropdown selector for choosing your bet size and the main spin button.
It took me a while to get my head around the features explained in this game’s paytable, possibly because the information feels extremely cramped as it is displayed in a tiny window.
The game uses slightly different symbols during the base game and bonus modes despite the fact the payouts do not change, which seems unnecessarily confusing to me.
There are also several different wild symbols, which the paytable goes to great lengths to explain do not substitute for each other despite the fact they all have the same payout attached to them! Essentially, there is a huge amount of pointless information included here which serves only to complicate the paytable.
A random base game feature is also included called the “Wild Coin Mystery Feature”. This can trigger after any spin and will randomly add between two and seven wilds to the reels before your win is calculated. The Yin-Yang symbol appears only on reels two, three, and four, and awards ten free spins whenever all three land onscreen.
During the bonus mode, the “Wild Coin Mystery Feature” activates after every free spin and adds a minimum of three wilds to the reels rather than the usual two. The third and final bonus is a “Pick Me” game where you are awarded anywhere between six and fifteen picks to try and match up to eight symbols for a chance to win the games jackpot.
The top payouts in this game are only accessible from within the “Pick Me” bonus, but you’ll need plenty of luck to even have a chance of winning the game’s top prizes. That’s because the maximum payout of 5,000x your stake requires you to pick eight of the top white cat symbols from the bonus game, but sometimes you don’t even get eight picks to start with!
Even if you do receive the maximum 15 picks, your chances of not picking several of the other symbols are extremely low. I’d certainly be interested to know if anybody has ever won the jackpot in this game.
On the plus side, there are plenty of worthwhile smaller prizes on offer with the top symbol returning a hefty 666x your stake for a full line of five-of-a-kind.
The free spins feature can also be very rewarding, although I did get quite frustrated when all of the additional wilds which were added to the reels kept on landing in the worst possible places.
I’m sure that Bally will claim the outcome of this feature is determined entirely at random, and perhaps it is, but if so I am obviously the most unlucky player to have ever tried this pokie!
Once I got up to speed with the features of Lucky Tree, I actually begun to enjoy the game much more than I had initially expected to. Whilst the advertised jackpot of 5,000x your stake feels utterly unachievable to me, there are plenty of medium-sized wins up for grabs in all of the game’s features.
I’ll admit I haven’t won anything spectacular from the game whilst writing this review, but the pokie has definitely left me wanting to play more! This game has definitely translated well to the online world and has to has to be one of my favourite Bally pokies to date overall.