It’s all about all things hot and fiery today, as we put two very different slots under the microscope with at least moderately similar themes. Or at least, similar in terms of their titles, anyway! We’ll be taking a closer look at both Flame busters and Firestorm, which are hugely different from top to bottom but both equally worth checking out.
First up, it’s just about impossible not to like Flame Busters after taking a single look at how it is put together. The retro visuals are simply gorgeous, the water-blasting firemen to either side of the screen add something new to the action and when it comes to the names of the folks that make up the characters…well – there’s goatboy, pirate, robot, wizard and Roasty McFry (firefighter) with Toasty the Cat. And it’s fully compatible with all mobile and desktop devices across the board.
Seriously – what’s not to like?
The wild symbol appears in the form of a ‘W’ and can take the place of any symbol in the game, with the exception of the scatter. The fire symbol represents a mystery symbol and transforms into something else, upon being blasted with water by one of the firefighters. Then there’s the alarm bell, which serves as the scatter and needs to be landed in quantities of three or more in any position, in order to enter the free spins bonus round. Depending on whether you line up three, four or five scatters, you’ll be rewarded with 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively.
During the free spins feature, every time you land another three or more scatter symbols you will unlock one more floor of the building and win a further two spins. This can be done up to a maximum of five times, meaning up to 10 additional free spins available. In addition, the Coin Ignition feature is triggered each time you unlock a new floor, which results in lower value coins been turned into random fire symbols, which in turn are extinguished to reveal higher value symbols.
Then there’s the rather enjoyable Fire Drill feature in the base game, which can be triggered at any time on a random basis. When this happens, anywhere from 1 to 5 of the lower value symbols on the board will be replaced by mystery fire symbols, which are then blasted by the firefighters and turned into higher value symbols.
Technically speaking, Flame Busters is an extremely simple affair with just a handful of bonus features to spice up the action. Nevertheless, the way it has been put together like some kind of late-80s console game makes it the kind of slot that is nothing short of captivating and addictive. It’s just so much fun to spend time with that even if you don’t end up taking home any particularly interesting prizes, you’ll still be more than happy you stopped by for a few spins.
Next up, Firestorm may bear similarities to Flame Busters in name, but that’s pretty much where the likeness ends. In this instance, players are transported to some kind of mystical Aztec setting, which Quickspin has chosen as the theme for this five-reel slot with three rows and 25 paylines to play for. It’s a gorgeously bright and colourful affair, with spins starting out from 25p and going as high as £250 for high rollers. Just like Flame Busters, you can play Firestorm on just about any desktop or mobile device and expect a flawlessly smooth experience.
The symbols include all manner of precious stones and colourful icons, while the background music is quintessentially South American and does a great job building an immersive ambience. Any of the symbols with a gold, bronze or silver background are comparatively high in value, while two wild symbols keep the action nicely paced at all times.
It’s the bonus wild that paves the way to the biggest possible prizes of all, opening the Firestorm Respin feature upon landing two or more Burning Mask symbols. When this happens, the wild bonus symbols will be locked in position, along with any standard wilds and another randomly selected symbol. Depending on how many Burning Masks you landed in the first place, any prizes you win will be multiplied by anything from 2X to 5X. What’s more, the respin itself can continue being re-triggered for some time, meaning the potential for multiple prizes as you go along.
What else? Put simply, not a great deal. While it’s true to say that Firestorm may be a little on the weak side when it comes to special features and bonus rounds, it nonetheless represents an excellent choice for both casual gamers and first timers. The reason being that it is a particularly low variance game, which means you are generally never more than a few spins away from something interesting and exciting happen. Of course, this also means it definitely isn’t the kind of game that’s going to pay out extraordinary sums of money, but what it offers in terms of entertainment more than makes up for this.