About Fire Opals
Graphically, IGT have scored another big hit with Fire Opals. The rich, deep colours and well drawn symbols make it an eye catching title in any casino, whether land based or online and the whole branding of the game possesses just the right amount of gravitas. Whilst the visuals here are good the thing that really makes Fire Opals stand out above all its competitors is the sound effects. Think wistful haunting pan-pipe music that suggest an erudite air that’s perhaps not entirely suitable for a casino slot, but none the less atmospheric.
The base-game in Fire Opals uses the Multi-Way Xtra system giving players 720 different ways to win off a 40 coin fixed bet. This means the game not only pays out for winning combinations on the reels, but also pays out for the number of permutations of the said winning combination. I actually give a fuller breakdown of how this system works in our Treasures of Troy review, so if you don’t get the gist you can always refer to this article. It’s also worth noting that in this game you also get paid for symbol combinations that run right to left as well as the conventional left to right directions.
Fire Opals utilises a fair degree of symbol stacking in the base game. This is where similar symbols appear in clusters up and down the reels. This should in theory mean that the big combination wins are more accessible, however we’re in doubt as to the extent of this symbol stacking. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t come into play, just not as often as you’d like from a player perspective.
Finally, there’s the IGT free spin round. What would Fire Opals be without such a bonus? Which is activated when you hit five or more of the game’s red or blue opals on consecutive reels. For every one of these combinations you hit, you’ll be awarded ten free spins. Naturally these take place on the special enhanced reels (how many times have we used that phrase in our lifetimes?) where there’s even more stacks of symbols than the regular game and even more bonus scatters giving you that chance for an all important re-trigger.