Fire Strike plays to all the strengths of countless Ainsworth pokies. The game play will be instantly familiar to fans of these pokie games. What makes this title stand out are the flames. Crisp, sparkling graphics with lively animations have some amazing fire effects. With flames around the reels – and covering the entire screen when you hit a progressive jackpot – this is an impressive looking slot.
As far as the gaming goes, you get that familiar Ainsworth duo – a shot at progressive jackpots and a free spins bonus game. Both bonus features give you way to win big. Here is what to look out for when you take the Fire Strike pokies for a spin:
Bonus symbols show ruby hearts, which are both sparkling and flaming at the same time. These are bigger than most symbols (and animated), so you really can’t miss them on the reels.
You need 3 or more anywhere in view to trigger 10 free spins. There is a big advantage in getting more than 3 in the form of scatter prizes. 3 gets you 5x your bet, 4 gets 25x and you start the bonus with 100x your triggering bet in the bank if you get all 5.
When the free spins start a strange tune plays. This is an intensive electronic tune – though it has a calypso feel to it!
More important are the stacked wilds. These symbols show the pokie logo. They appear on the middle 3 reels in long strips. As wilds, they will substitute for any other symbol other than the bonus / scatter symbols.
It is possible to get all 3 reels completely wild. With no bonus symbols on reel 1, you can trigger every win-line in the same spin this way. Even if you don’t cover the middle section completely, these spins do have a lot more wilds – so wins come thick and fast.
You can trigger for 5 more spins any time you hit 3 or more of the ruby bonus symbols. Extra scatter wins will also be coming your way.
With a ‘Grand’ jackpot seeded at $5,000 – these prizes are certainly worth winning. These use the standard Ainsworth ‘frames’ on reel 5 to be awarded. As you spin, you will see purple and gold frames on some symbols on the 5th (right hand side) reel.
Most of the time, these have no effect. When you hit a 5 of a kind win with a framed symbol on reel 5, you win one of the progressives. To get the Grand, you’ll need this to be the highest paying 7’s symbols. Smaller jackpots come via the unique symbols and the smallest with the ‘Royals’ fillers.
You can win jackpots during regular spins or during the free spins bonus.
You’ll have a choice of both win-lines and denominations with this game. What is fixed is the usual 5 reel, 3-row setup. Bets are from 50c per spin and up.
The highest paying symbols show 3 red 7’s in a circular frame, topped with flickering flames. There are several more flaming takes on traditional symbols. They include flaming gold bars, dice and dollar signs. Logo symbols are also flaming, these show the Fire Strike logo.
Royal playing card symbols – aces down to 9’s, provide the smaller and more regular wins.
Fire-effects work brilliantly against the black background of this pokie. The flickering orange flames, glittering gold and gems and sparkling effects for wins create a lively overall feel. Many of the symbols are animated too. The ruby bonus symbols stand out for me. The attention to detail on the light glowing from the cut edges of the gems is excellent.
When you hit a jackpot, the entire screen gets covered in flame effects. You’ll find out how much you have won when these clear!
You never know when a pokie will hit, though Fire Strike certainly has the potential for some big prizes. The vivid design is classic Ainsworth, and the game play is solid and entertaining. Hit a 5 of a kind win with a frame, and a jackpot will be coming your way. Add in the 10 free spins with extra stacks of wilds on the middle reel, and you have a pokie that could be due to strike!