9 Masks of Fire is a slot by Microgaming and Gameburger Studios. It’s got a traditional slot feel to it, with symbols including lucky 7s, bells, bars, and cherries, although the reels are set amongst deadly flames and the slot’s titular mask carries the look of a warrior’s mask.
Let’s take a look at how this slot stacks up against the competition…
9 Masks of Fire is a payline slot featuring 20 paylines. Players win by lining up matching symbols across lines. The highest paying symbol in the base game is the triple 7s, which can pay out between 2.5x and 37.5x the bet for between three and five symbols on a single payline. Next up is the double 7s, which payout up to 20x the bet for five, while 7s, dollars and bells payout up to 7.5x, 3.25x, and 2x the bet respectively for five symbols on a payline.
The selling point of this slot is very similar to the selling point of another Microgaming slot – 9 Pots of Gold – where players can win instantaneous payouts for big wins if up to nine Scatter symbols land on the reels at the same time. In 9 Masks of Fire, players can win up to 2000x the bet for landing nine masks on the reels, or 1x the bet for three. On top of this, the game sports a Free Spins mode which is triggered when three Free Spins symbols land anywhere on the middle reels. This will award one spin of the Free Spin Wheel, a wheel containing various numbers of free spins and multipliers.
Players spin the wheel to determine how many free spins they’ve won as well as what size multiplier will be applied to each win they land during Free Spins. If players land a lucky spin on this bonus wheel, they can have a great Free Spins round, winning up to 30 free spins with a 3x multiplier applied to all wins.
The average return to player of 9 Masks of Fire is 96.24%, which is around average for a slot of this type. It means that when a player spends $100 on the reels, they could win back $96.24 on average, which isn’t bad at all. It’s a medium variance game, too, which means the winnings are paid out with good balance.
In terms of gameplay, 9 Masks of Fire is very similar to the Irish slot 9 Pots of Gold, developed by the same provider. The slot’s Free Spins round can be very good indeed if players land a good spin on the Free Spin Wheel, and even at its worst, 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier isn’t bad going. It’s a simple slot, and the design doesn’t really stretch the imagination, but players looking for big wins could do worse than 9 Masks of Fire.