Review of IGT’s Fire Opals Slots Machine
Fire opals are actually beautiful gemstones which are known to exhibit different colours which gives the illusion of a fire inside it. This aptly named online slot machine game was created by a company called IGT (International Game Technology) which is well known for making such games. Slot machines are very popular for their use in gambling. The online versions of these games provide a larger variety and much more flexibility when it comes to reward systems and design. Fire opals makes use of this flexibility to give the player an engaging experience with a high rate of winning.
How to Play the Game
The game welcomes you with an Aztec-like jungle theme and deep, mysterious colors of purple and red. The music in the game makes you feel like you’re exploring the enigmatic ruins of South America similar to the ones in an Indiana Jones movie. Complete with sound of the bongo, an acoustic guitar, bird sounds and water sound effects add a beautiful touch to the central theme. The game has 720 different ways to win, and that is made clear on the start screen itself.
The game screen features five reels configured as three symbols in the outermost two reels, four symbols in the reel between the outermost and the middle reels and five symbols in the middle reel.
This makes it easy on the eyes to view the entire play area. The symbols which are used in the slots are flowers, volcanic mountains and opals which contribute to the exotic jungle theme. There are also special ‘Wild’ and ‘Scatter’ symbols which help you win easily and multiply your rewards.
The games screen also shows your total bet, the win amount and the balance amount. You can set the coin value for every spin and even keep the game on an ‘auto spin’ mode. By changing the values of bets you can see that bets can be a minimum of 50 credits to a maximum of 2,500 per spin. There are thoughtful details in the game like the flute sound effect which is triggered when you change your betting amount.
The graphics are engaging and the game goes seamlessly from the main round to the bonus rounds and back without any problem. The joyful winning sounds of the slots are of the usual kind and playing the game for a while, you see that you come across plenty of chances of winning.
Features of the Game
The basic idea of the game is the same as any slot machine, which is to try and get as many symbols of the same kind as you can. In Fire Opals, you can win when you collect at least three symbols of a kind. The ‘Wild’ symbol can be substituted for any symbol, while ‘Scatter’ symbols can be used when located anywhere in the game screen. Getting many scatter symbols multiplies your rewards by up to one hundred times your total bet.
This game features a MultiWay Xtra Award system which gives the player the chance to win regardless of the combination being left to right or right to left. This increases the number of winning combinations that can be used. Also, the game starts with 10 free spins but it can be re-triggered consecutively, up to a total of 260 spins!
Using symbols of Wild and Scatter, you can improve your winnings by multiplying your reward or trigger more free spins. The Wild symbol is stackable. Meaning, if there are more than one ‘Wild’ symbols on the game screen, all of them can be used. There are a maximum of five Wild symbols which can appear on the screen.
Multiple Scatter symbol multiplies your winnings and pays three times the bet for 3, to up to hundred times the bet for 4 Scatter symbols.
Scoring five Red opal or Blue opal symbols gives you 10 free spins. This can be used consecutively up to 260 free spins.
Although this game is considered to be a medium on the volatility index, you can see that we need 50 coins to play it. Even with the 720 different ways to win and the MultiWay Xtra feature, this is better suited for a high stakes game. The graphics and sound effects, on the other hand, are worthy of some praise. The atmosphere of the central theme is created and maintained perfectly.