720 ways to win
Rather than providing the usual nine or 20 paylines, Fire Horse gives gamers a staggering 720 ways to win. Like the Siberian Storm slot, it utilises advanced MultiWay Xtra technology which has taken the casino world by storm. The potential for wins is enormous, even if you don’t opt to put all 720 ways to win in play. The medium variance slot is available on desktop, as well as on mobile and tablet devices. It also appears in a number of reputable land-based casinos.
To be in with a chance of winning big, you’ll need to stake coins with a value of at least 0.50. The maximum coin denomination is 50.
There may be 720 ways to win – we know, it’s a little difficult to get one’s head around – but the object of the game is unchanged. The aim is to land multiple symbols on successive reels, from left-to-right as well as right-to-left. The reels are set upon a background of flickering flames. Symbols include the usual playing card icons, an image of the eponymous Fire Horse, a silver coin, a spectral horse, a Fire Horse logo and a purple orb. There’s also a green crystal scatter and an earthenware jug. The Fire Horse logo is the one to watch out for: it offers a top prize of 1,000 coins.
As you play, you’ll hear mystical sound effects. There’ll also be a nice little jangle every time you hit a winning combination. The audio can get a tad tiresome after a while, though. The animations are relatively simple, though sometimes, when hitting a combination of wilds, the symbols will explode amid the bright flash of a firework. The audio also underscores the mood of celebration, making the sound a firework makes when it explodes in the sky.
Fire Horse has five reels, but the number of symbols on each reel differs. On reels one and five, for instance, there are three icons; reels two and four have four; and the central reel has five. This hexagonal structure is quite uncommon, but you know what they say: variety is the spice of life.
The wild icon appears on reels two, three and four and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter and the bonus. It can also appear stacked, polluting entire reels to bolster your chances of winning payouts. The bonus icon, incidentally, is the purple orb. Land it on five successive reels to activate the exciting free spins feature. Eight free games are up for grabs initially, but with the MultiWay Xtra technology in place, it’s possible to trigger a whopping 96 free games in total.
The free spins can also be re-triggered; this time you’ll have to keep an eye out for the special blue orb. As many as 240 free spins are possible in total. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that you can make some serious cash thanks to the inclusion of a free spins bonus – particularly when you consider the presence of stampeding stacked wilds.
Galloping into the game
Is it worthwhile hoofing it to the nearest land-based casino and plugging your coins into Fire Horse? Well, everyone’s different, but we enjoyed this game a lot. The combination of stacked wilds, brilliant artwork and a random free spins programme certainly raised my opinion of a game that, at first, looks like a bit of a throwback: you know, lurid flame background, chunky symbols, average audio. If you enjoy MultiWay Xtra games, or if you fancy a change from the usual 5×3 grid, give this one a try and see if you make out in the green. No horsing around, remember.