Love betting at around $4 a spin? Then the Flame of Fortune mobile slot has a whole host of bonus features to offer.
Barcrest Gaming love creating Big Bet slot games, where you basically get more features if you are willing to gamble a certain amount.
In this case, 5 spins for $20, or 8 spins for $30 or $50.
Despite the fact that this Flame of Fortune slot machine has a wide range of betting options, thanks to 10 paylines, you really only get a very limited option.
Because unlike Rainbow Riches Pick n Mix slot, where you can afford to ignore the big bet option, you can’t here. Here, if you don’t use it, you play a very dull and boring machine.
The thing we love about mobile phone slots is that, ultimately, anyone can join in without needing much of an introduction to how they work.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case here, and if you are a more experienced player, you’ll enjoy the fact that this Flame of Fortune slot game requires you to think a little outside the box.
For one, you’ll need to pick which of the two wheel of fortunes you’ll want to spin before playing your big bet game.
Personally, we tend to stick to the blue reel which gives you gold symbols, as the big wins of the game are in the bonus games rather than the base game.
But if you like the idea of getting some expanded wilds and wild reels during your spins, just to mix it up a little, the red wheel offers the chance at more variety.
You trigger these by getting 5 symbols with a gold background (hence the usefulness of the golden reels) on each of the 5 reels.
Then you are taken to a secondary slot game, of sorts, called Fortune Drop.
Here symbols match in any way, as long as they are sitting 3 across from each other. These then disappear and cascade giving you a chain reaction of wins.
The second tricky thing about this Flame of Fortune video slot is that, after you get your winnings, you have a chance to gamble the amount to either get better Fortune Drop results (multipliers, several more drops added, wild symbols etc…), or you get a lower amount.
We almost always found it worthwhile to gamble it. Granted, 50% of the time, we got less than what we’d won originally, but the other 50% is where we managed to climb our way out of losing, and into the wins.
We’ve come on both sides of the big bet argument; with casino games like the Monopoly Big Event slot, sure you need the big bet option to win big, but the wins could then happen at any time; during the base game and the free spins.
This Flame of Fortune video slot, on the other hand, seems to be determined to fight you all the way to your winnings, making you gamble more, take bigger risks, and lose the few decent winnings you can get in the bonus games.
It’s not that it doesn’t reward you for your efforts, we came out on top in the end, it’s just such a struggle that we found it difficult to find the simple joy of the spin and win slot machines we love.
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|Mobile Slot released||May 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 10 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.01 - 50|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 500|
|Free spins||Not... Technically... But Kinda|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Second Reel Game, Gamble Feature, Big Bet Feature|
Wild Symbol: The dove is the wild symbol. If you bet less than 2 a spin, it will only substitute for the lower Ace to 10 symbols. Bet more and it will substitute for all symbols.
Big Bet Options: Whether you choose to play 5 spins for 20, or 8 spins for 30 or 50, the result is the same.
You get to spin one of two 'wheels of fate'. One will reward you with either 1, 2, or 3 gold reels, as well as expanding wilds or one wild reel.
The other will reward you with only 1, 2 or 3 gold reels only, full of bonus triggering golden symbols.
The Fortune Drop Bonus Games and The Golden Symbols: Here's why the gold symbols are good value.
All the Flame of Fortune slot symbols come with two backgrounds - black or gold. Any 5 symbols on a winning payline with a gold background triggers the Fortune Drop Bonus.
Here you play on a 5x5 slot, where you can one spin of 4 symbols which disappear on a win. They pay out whenever 3 or more touch diagonally or vertically, and the more symbols you catch the better your wins.
Expect about 10x your bet as standard. Which isn't much sure.
But once you've gotten your spin on the Fortune Drop Reels, you get to choose whether to keep your winnings, or gamble them on the Flame of Fortune Exchange wheel.
Keeping up? Good.
If you choose to spin this wheel, you'll either win less money than in your original bonus game win, or an 'enhanced' Fortune Drop Game.
Basically a second chance at getting more wins, either by getting more spins on the bonus game, or extra multipliers, or extra wilds.
Not a particularly welcoming slot machine for anyone who doesn't love betting around the $4 to $6 mark, especially as the wins get harder to catch, if they weren't hard enough already.
The bonus game, we grant you, does give this Flame of Fortune mobile slot a unique enough twist that it kept us playing long enough to conquer this Barcrest video slot.
But it's hard work, especially when games like the Black Magic Fruit slot manages to have the big bet option, whilst still keeping the simple joys of what a slot machine should feel like.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating