Fire Opals Review
We always welcome it whenever an online slot developer decides to take the land casino game to the digital realm. IGT did just that with Fire Opals, a Las Vegas/Atlantic City goers’ firm favorite. There are many reasons this game should be deemed exclusive: the intriguing hexagonal layout, a lot of paylines, symbols that will transform into something different in various phases of the game, decent visual appeal. Every player will have their reason for enjoying this particular slot game.
The most striking thing, right off the bat, is the reel layout in shape of a hexagon. You will see this is a five reel slot game with a whopping 720 paylines. This number is achieved by using IGT’s ingenuity put in service of making slot gaming more compelling and interesting – the Multiway Extra feature. It makes it possible for you to win in both directions, from left to right and vice-versa in case matching symbols are adjacent.
While on the subject of symbols, the ones you will encounter in this game are the usual bunch of letters and numbers as low-value symbols, as well as some distinctive high-value ones. The latter includes a beautiful island lady, an orchid, a volcano, a tropical bird and an insect. There are two bonus symbols, the blue and red opals, as well as the wild and scatter symbols we’ve come to expect in every game so far.
It is no secret we give NetEnt and Microgaming a clear precedence when it comes to design and graphics of the games – theirs are just always top notch – which is not to say IGT’s brainchild suffers badly in this department. In fact, the feel of the tropical island translates rather well with vibrant hues of reel surroundings and winning symbols that burst with life once luck favors you.
Even though it’s an integral part of the game not to be considered “just” a feature, Multiway Extra is seldom used and too good to not get an honorary mention in this section. Other than that, the inevitable Free Spins are here again to make you feel good. Landing red bonus symbols (five of them, which makes it trickier than usual) will engage this bonus feature awarding you ten bonus spins; during these, red opals turn to blue and should you collect these as well, more free spins added.
The fun doesn’t end there because wilds and scatters also have their say. This is a game of stacked wilds (we can hear your jumping with joy now), and yes, it means these will substitute other symbols and bring you winning combos as easy as apple pie. Scatter symbol works as a fantastic multiplier and depending on how much you collect, that can be anything between 3x to 100x.
This five-star effort deserves the accolade it gets, especially if we mention what should be the cherry on top of the cake with jackpots huge! Fire Opals is truly a brilliant piece of work by IGT and a delightful video slot game that will provide hours of fun and thrill.