From Russia With Love Online Pokie

November 27, 2016


Apart from being entertaining and providing good gaming, online pokies can be educative as well. This is particularly true of pokies that are referenced to a place or period. If players make some effort in understanding the symbols they can learn some interesting information. One such online pokie is From Russia with Love released by Playtech at Australian online casinos like Omni Casino and Mansion Casino. It will leave you more informed about Russian culture.

The wild symbol is the onion, which is an unusual choice. Onions are grown and consumed in Russia, but they are by no means the speciality or staple food. The reference could be to the onion shaped domes found on Russian churches and buildings. The onion symbol also awards the top line payouts with five-symbol combinations paying 10,000 times the line bet. The scatter symbol is vodka and cigar. There are no issues with that because it is widely known that vodka is Russia’s national liquor. The other thematic symbols in From Russia with Love are samovar the tea urn, balalaika the triangular lute and ponchiki the Russian donuts. The low playing symbols are the playing card icons embroidered on red cloth. The win animations make these Russian icons come alive on the reels.

The bonus symbol is a set of Matryoshka dolls. These are the hollow wooden dolls that open in the middle and hold a smaller doll inside. You will hardly find a child anywhere in the world that has not played with these nested dolls. When the symbol appears simultaneously on Reels 1 and 5 the Matryoshka Bonus is triggered. You play a bonus game on the second screen to determine the number of free spins. The Matryoshka Bonus has five levels. In each level you choose one of the displayed dolls, win a number of free spins and proceed to the next level. One of the dolls in each level is a booby trap and ends this part of the bonus feature. If you clear all five levels without picking a wrong doll, the payouts in the free spins will be doubled. In the second part you play the free spins earned.

The other feature in From Russia with Love is the Playtech gamble game. You have the option of activating this feature if you want to try to double the payout won in any paid spin. You can stake half your current win or the entire amount. You win if you pick a card that is higher ranked than the dealt card. If you fail then you lose the staked amount.