If you grew up playing the old console games with characters like Mario and Luigi, then you are going to love the design of this next slot. Thunderkick have developed a retro slot paying homage to those console games of our youth. Enter the world of the Flame Busters, where firefighters are battling to extinguish flames in an apartment building, with an aim to build your balance. Combining pixelated graphics, insane features and a soundtrack to reminisce to, Flame Busters is certainly one to add to the favourites list.
Flame Busters is a 5-reel, 243 ways to win slot offering a flame throwing RTP of 96.1%. Your reels are set inside an apartment building with lots of residents making up the symbols and firefighters on ladders up the sides. High value symbols are depicted by the 5 character symbols, the firefighter, wizard, ogre, robot and a goat smoking a cigarette for some reason. Low value symbols are depicted by the A, K, Q, J and 10 depicted as coins that you would see in old school video games. Even the music that accompanies the game is decidedly nintendoesque in design and really makes us long for our childhood video games.
Bet Amounts – Betting on Flame Busters begins at 10p per spin and can be adjusted up to £100 per spin. To amend your bet you will need to click the casino chip symbol. It will expand the bet screen up for you and show you all the bet selections available. Click on the bet you wish to continue with, and you will be returned to the game to carry on spinning the reels.
Wild Symbol – Your Flame Busters wild symbol is a pink block with an orange ‘w’ inside of it and in keeping with the theme it is pixelated. It will substitute for all other symbols except the scatter and the bonus.
Scatter Symbol – A red fire alarm bell is your scatter symbol in Flame Busters. By landing three or more of the bell scatter anywhere on the reels you will trigger the bonus feature.
Flaming Fire Feature – Triggering at random you may see a flaming fire symbol overlay onto any reel position, this is the trigger point of the feature. Every time the fire symbol lands on the reels it will set aflame the reel position it is on. Fire is catching and you will see once you start spinning that more often than not you will have more than one symbol set alight. Once the fire begins the firefighters at the side of the reels will extinguish the fire revealing matching symbols beneath each one. These matching symbols will hopefully create a bigger better win for you.
Fire Drill Feature – This is another mini feature only appearing in the base game. It will slowly ignite the 5 lower paying symbols, A, K, Q, J and the 10 into the fire symbol. From X1 to all X5 symbols may ignite into flames. Once they have, the spins will commence with all the symbols that were turned into fire symbols, now transforming into a matching symbol when they land.
Alarm Bell Bonus Spins Feature – Landing three or more of the red fire alarm symbol anywhere on the reels, will award the bonus spins feature. You will be allocated a number of spins determined by the amount of scatter symbols present when the bonus triggered.
- X3 scatter symbols will award x10 bonus spins,
- X4 scatter symbols will award x15 bonus spins,
- X5 scatter symbols will award x20 bonus spins.
During the round you will collect scatter symbols in the meter above the reels. Every time you collect three symbols the firefighters will move up the ladders to the next level on the reels. You will also be awarded with x2 extra spins on top of your current total, once you have climbed the ladder and reached the new level. At the beginning of the next level the lowest symbol will be turned into a fire symbol. Then on each new level the next lowest symbol will be turned into a fire symbol for the remaining spins.
Overall Flame Busters is a game that is going to appeal to the wider audience. Firstly, to those who have a love of old school video gaming and second to those who love a repetitive feature. Wins come fast enough in the main game, which is always good, but those mini features trigger just as fast too. They don’t always garner a win, but this is few and far between when a non-winning turn occurs. The animations of the firefighters and the residents of the block, all add that little bit more to the feel and atmosphere of the game. To be honest, the whole package is a winner for us including the graphics, the features and the music, and we think plenty of people will be dropping back in to play.