Wed, Feb 27, 1:48am by Mia Chapman
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:28pm
Multiway Xtra and Free Spins in this Fiery Mystical Pokie
Fire Opals is a mysterious five-reel pokie from IGT. The game centres around a volcanic island, where clouds of smoke and dust fill the screen. The product of the volcano are the fire opals that play such a prominent role in the game – acting as both the scatter and the bonus symbol. A dark-haired female character with an enigmatic look surrounded by fire appears on the reels, adding to the element of mystery in the game. Look out for the volcano itself, which spews burning red lava.
This IGT designed pokie features an incredible number of winning opportunities, alongside an atmospheric setting. Here are the key reasons to check out the fiery reels:
Instead of the usual win-lines found on the majority of pokies, this game offers the Multiway Xtra format. Now you’ll win when lining up three matching symbols on adjacent reels. The ‘Xtra’ part of the name refers to the fact that the game pays from both left to right and from right to left. In all this gives you 720 ways to win on every spin, although this number can effectively be doubled due to paying both ways.
A scatter symbol shows six different coloured opals with the word ‘scatter’ written above them. This acts as a straightforward scatter symbol, simply paying out instant cash wins (most scatter symbols in current pokie gaming will also activate a feature). Land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols and you’ll gain instant wins of 3x, 20x and 100x your total bet.
To enter the free spins bonus feature you’ll need to land red opal symbols on each of the five reels. You’ll instantly be awarded with 10 free spins and during the feature you’ll enjoy different, richer reels. The complete look of the pokie will change. For example, the volcano will now have green smoke pumping out of it, while the enigmatic lady will not now be surrounded in fire. The red opals change colour to an icy blue now too, and an opal on each reel will retrigger the feature, adding 10 spins to your existing total. This bonus round has an upper limit of an incredible 260 spins.
Fire Opals featuring an unusual 3-4-5-4-3 reel set up, giving the appearance of a diamond. The cost of each spin is just 50 credits, good value when you consider that you have 720 ways to win, paying both ways.
The pokie logo symbol is the highest paying in the game, worth 2,000 coins if appearing on all five reels, while the enigmatic lady and the volcano pay 300 coins for the maximum 5. Flowers and butterflies are joined by the playing cards J, Q and K in completing the pay table.
The backdrop to Fire Opals features a volcanic and mountainous scene, where thick ash, dust and smoke give the entire setting a purple haze. An Aztec temple in the bottom right hand corner of the screen gives a clue about both the location and timeline of the pokie, and possibly provide shelter from the eruption too.
The reels offer a good mix of symbols which adds mystery to the game. Is the female an Aztec princess? Is she anything to do with the volcano erupting? The soundtrack to the game does start out gently – though will erupt into life when you land a win.
Fire Opals is an intriguing and feature-filled online pokie from IGT. The unusual reel set up sets this game apart from the start, with the Multiway Xtra format ensuring that wins are never going to be far away. With the addition of scatter symbols, you’ll enjoy these regular bonus wins when those coloured opals fill the reels. The highlight is certainly the free spins bonus feature where the reels take on a completely new look – look out for those opal fired retriggers too!