This series from Ainsworth uses their signature flame-effect graphics – and uses it for several themes. There is a Firestorm Buffalo game, Rhino-themed one and Firestorm Mammoth. This pokies review will focus on the prehistoric version, though you’ll find the game play almost the same across the titles. This is a popular slots series, which makes the best of the tall HD cabinets now found in casinos. I would not be surprised to see Ainsworth adding more titles soon!
Things start out with beautiful production – though otherwise are fairly standard. You can win jackpots from the base game. When you hit the free spins bonus, the reel shape changes, and some intensive new features kick in. Here are the Firestorm Pokie Series highlights:
A lot of action has been packed into the free spins bonus games of all the Firestorm pokies. The mammoth version shows this brilliantly, with prehistoric graphics meeting vivid flame effects.
You need at least 3 of the mammoth bonus symbols to trigger the free spins. Ainsworth games also award scatter prizes for these.
Next the reels expand. In the base game they use a standard 5×3 grid. In the free spins they change into a diamond shape. The reels now have a 3-4-5-4-3 shape, with 100 win-lines in play. This alone would give you plenty of winning chances, though things will get much better than this.
At the top of each reel is the pokie logo. This is surrounded by a fiery cloud to start with. When you hit a matched wild logo symbol on that reel, the clouds disappear, displaying the logo above that reel. On every subsequent spin, that reel will become completely wild. If you are lucky enough to get several (or even all) the reels wild, the Firestorm pokies could be big winners for you.
For most pokies, that would be plenty enough for one bonus game. Ainsworth have added a random win multiplier into the mix. This appears on the top of the cabinet. It spins along with the reels, revealing a win multiplier of between 2x and 5x.
If you are lucky enough to combine those wild reels with a big multiplier – jackpot sized pay outs could be coming your way.
There are retriggers – though these are smaller than on many games. If you get 3+ of the bonus symbols, you will get 3 extra spins added. It is possible to get retriggers when the reels are full of wilds, as the bonus symbols stand out above the wild symbols.
Jackpots are awarded at random in the base game using the Ainsworth ‘frame’ system. This does not interfere with the game play on most spins, with framed symbols appearing on reel 5 not having any effect. When you do make 5- of a kind wins with the frames involved, you can win one of 4 jackpots. Which one you win will depend on the value of the symbol in that win.
Ainsworth use 50 win-lines for their Firestorm series. The base game uses a simple 5-reel, 3-row grid. Bet multipliers up to 10x are possible – making the max bet around $5 per spin.
Animals are the highest paying symbols. These show some creatures that would have lived between the death of the dinosaurs and current times. Think sabretooth tigers! There are also armadillos and a large bird on the reels. Smaller wins com via the regular playing card symbols.
Wilds are stacked on the reels during the base game. These show the pokie logos. While these are useful, they really come into their own during the free spins with bigger reels.
No other pokie maker has taken advantage of the latest HD screen technology quite as well as Ainsworth. Their graphics are detailed, with animations and special effects becoming the hallmark of recent titles. Flame effects and dramatic electronic music make for a big contrast with the detailed artwork of the prehistoric animals in the Mammoth version.
This game is both a must-see and a must-play. The special effects are worth playing for alone. When you get to the intensive free spins game, you’ll have a lot of effects to take in. Not only will the screen be covered in flames, bigger reels, added wilds and win multipliers will all be competing for your attention. Add to this the Firestorm jackpots, and you have the potential for a mammoth sized win!