It is pretty obvious from the moment that you open up the Lake’s Five pokie machine game what this is supposed to be based on. Lake’s Five takes its theme from the Ocean’s series of films, which most people will no doubt be familiar with. However, there’s a twist. This ELK Studios developed game offers up animal symbols as its thieves, and there is a certain air of comedy about the game, which features cracking 3D graphics.
We shouldn’t be wholly surprised that ELK Studios have yet again delivered stunning 3D graphics in this pokie. They make a habit of regularly doing this with their games.
The originality of the theme (even if it is based on an already existing franchise) is top drawer, and just like every other game from this developer, there are ample features for players to enjoy, too.
How to play it
You can’t see it from the base game – not without clicking on the wagering menu and/or paytable options – but there are actually 178 paylines spread over the 5 reels of this pokie. Despite that, wagers in the game are immensely cheap, costing just $0.20 per spin at the minimum bet value, and $100 a spin at their maximum wager limit.
Scatter Wild symbols: As with most other major pokie machines, the wild symbol is the game’s title logo. This symbol can substitute for all others in the game, which is a rarity in and of itself. Why? The wild symbol is also the scatter icon in this game.
Re-spin bonus: This is triggered by landing two of the scatter wilds anywhere on the reels. Once the bonus begins, players will note that the wild symbols move down a spot on the reels they are on. Further re-spins will continue to be offered until wild symbols disappear. If wilds keep showing up on the reels, re-spins will keep on coming.
The Heist bonus: Landing 3 scatter wilds on the reels will trigger this, the main bonus round in Lake’s Five. Players will start with a total of 10 free spins. However, key symbols can appear on the reels, and they can boost the features which appear in this bonus. Landing 3 keys on the first reel will see wilds move one position to the right on every spin. Landing 3 keys on the second reel will see wilds frozen in place for the duration of the bonus.
Pocket 3 keys on the third reel to see wilds move up a position on each spin. Wilds which overlap will offer multipliers. Two or three wilds overlapping will, therefore, double, or triple your winnings with 2x and 3x multipliers, for example. On the final spin in the bonus round, any wilds which appear on the reels will disappear in whatever direction they were originally going in, leaving behind a trail of wilds in their wake for one last big win.
This pokie is, by and large, all about The Heist bonus. However, you can also bag big wins in the base game. Any player landing 5 of the goldfish symbols on a payline can expect to win a cool, calm and collected 1,000-coin haul. As for the RTP rate, that is fixed at 96.30%, which is above the industry standard.
Comedic, original and definitely worth a look; the Lake’s Five pokie is ELK Studios pokie gaming at its very best. Even if the cartoony theme doesn’t tick your boxes, The Heist bonus most certainly will do.