An Introduction to Fire Opals Online Slots
Fire Opals from software developer IGT is an online slot with five reels, 720 ways to win, and bonus games. The fiery colours of the stones of the title come through not only in pictures of various opals, but in tropical imagery as well.
The rows on the reel set are slightly different to those found in most other slots. This is to accommodate the developer’s unique 720 ways to win feature.
Despite the innovation, the basic gameplay is that of slots as most players know and love them. The game is available in downloadable and instant play formats.
720 Ways to Win Feature
Fire Opals’ 720 ways to win replaces the more traditional structure of paylines. While players can set the denomination or value of their coins, they cannot select how many winning ways they play.
Instead, each spin is fixed at a 50-coin bet. The whole point of the feature is that symbols can form winning combinations that are read from left to right, or right to left. The only real requirement to forming winning combinations is that symbols appear in adjacent columns.
The number of symbols that appear on each reel differs due to the feature. The first and fifth reels feature three symbols, the second and fourth reels four symbols, and the third reel features five symbols.
How to Play Fire Opals
Before spinning the Fire Opals online slot reels, players will need to decide how much their coins are worth. The controls used for this are on the game interface, and give players a betting range from 0.01 to 10.00.
The coin value is multiplied fifty times with each spin. This is the equivalent of playing a slot with fixed pay lines.
The reels are spun by clicking the Spin button, located on the interface. Selecting the Autospin button will get the game to play itself.
Fire Opals Reel Symbols
The Fire Opals reels are set against a backdrop of a purpled mountain range and Mayan pyramids. The game takes its name from translucent precious stones that are the colour of fire.
The stones were known to the ancient Mayans as the stones of the bird of paradise, and it is these ancient associations that give form to the online slot’s reel symbols. The symbols on the reels include a princess, a bird of paradise flower, hibiscus flowers, a volcano, a Wild and a Scatter, and Jack, Queen, and King playing cards.
Stacked Wild and Scatter Symbols
The Fire Opals Wild symbol only appears on the second, third, and fourth reels, but its ability to stack on the reels makes up for its being limited to certain reels.
Being a Wild, it can substitute for other reel symbols, which means it can help complete paying combinations. If it stacks on the reels, it could possibly complete several combinations.
The Scatter symbol can form winning combinations from anywhere on the reels. They do not need to appear on adjacent reels to pay out.
Bonus Symbol Triggers Free Spins
The red opal symbol appearing on each of the Fire Opals reels triggers the online slot’s bonus game. The bonus game sees players receive 10 free spins.
Some reel symbols are replaced with others during the free spins, and the red opal changes colour to blue for the duration of the round. If blue opals appear on the reels, 10 more free spins could be re-triggered, up to a maximum of 260 spins.