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Get ready to feel the heat in this red-hot forge slot release from Stormcraft Studios and Microgaming. The imagery used in this slot gives it the feeling of a dwarven forge similar to Tolkien’s The Hobbit, along with these exciting visual features are a 50,000x the stake max return and 243 paylines available.

Background

Behind the 3-row, 5-reel play table is a usually dark backdrop, besides a slight glow that suggests heat the only colour during the main game comes from the gold and jewels on the reels. The grid is framed by a simple bronze design to the left of which the potential rewards are advertised, a 50,000x return, multiplied jackpots and a 200x free spins multiplier can be seen in shiny gold. On the opposite side are the play buttons, spin, auto-spin, quickspin, stake options and the information menu are available in silver circles to help them stand out. Finally, above the grid shows the bronze, silver and gold reward values that come into play during the jackpots.

The symbols includes here involve lower value gemstones of purple, blue, green and gold, all of the paylines here are made by between 3 and 6 symbols. As the returns improve so do the symbols with a flagon of ale, Gaslamp and golden gauntlet providing the slightly more lucrative returns. The highest payouts come from the anvil and the golden hammer symbols, the latter of which can return 4.8x the stake for landing 5 across a payline. Other symbols include the Fire Forge Wild and the golden dwarf statue Scatter.

Bonuses

First of the bonus features at play in Fire Forge is the cascading reels game mechanic, this replaces any winning symbols with new ones from above which can then make further combinations. If these are successful the process repeats until there are no winning combinations landed, this feature still works during the Free Spins feature which can be quite profitable.

Speaking of the Free Spins feature this is activated by landing a golden dwarf Scatter on every reel, when each reel receives one a circle above the top row indicates this. Players are then given the option of which Free Spin feature they would like to use; these include a different number of spins and multipliers for each. Option 1 provides 12 free spins with a 1x multiplier that increases by 1x with each spin. Option 2 includes 6 free spins with a 3x multiplier that increases by 3 after each spin and the final option 3 offers 3 free spins with a 6x multiplier that increases by 6 after each spin. A potential multiplier of 18x the return can be claimed here, this feature can be retriggered infinitely and during play and the cascading reels feature is included throughout.

If 5 or more Scatter land on the grid at once the jackpot feature is activated providing an opportunity to claim a minor. Major or Ultra Jackpot or 5x, 25x or 200x the stake. These jackpots can play alongside the free spins and whichever multiplier is active thus the unbelievable 50,000x the stake max win.

CasinoNZ Verdict

With bonus features providing potential wins like this and working side-by-side there is much excitement involved with play. The visuals are great and the setting brilliant, perhaps the volatility is a bit off-putting but for players that like this kind of game sure favourite is available here.

Alternatively, check out our slots page for even more setting based games like Centurion or Platooners.

CasinoNZ Score: 4/5