Released: May 2017
Paylines: no standard paylines, 243 ways to win
Coin Values: $0.10 to $100
Prepare for a fun trip down the memory lane, in the world of classic 64-bit arcades, where fearless firefighters are trying to put down a fire that threatens to spread throughout the entire building, which is still packed with tenants. No, this is not an old-school video game, this is the latest slot coming from Thunderkick’s creative kitchen, called Roasty McFry and the Flame Busters.
Playable across all devices, the five-reel, three-row video slot has no standard paylines, but offers 243 ways to win, and a couple of interesting bonus features, which can result in rewarding payouts. Prepare for a proper Fire Drill, where low-paying symbols will be burned and turned into high-value ones. Look for Alarm Bell Scatters and get up to 20 free spins. All of this is available for only $0.10 per spin.
The reels are set on a burning building, and we suspect that the Goat with the cigar caused the fire, so try to help the firefighters put down the fire with their hoses, and they will reward you generously for your help. The 2017 release houses retro arcade 64-bit graphics and a matching soundtrack, so you may have an impression that you are playing an old-school Nintendo arcade, rather than a video slot.
Apart from three firefighters, who are standing on the fire stairs of the building, you will get the opportunity to meet all the tenants, which are actually trying to escape from this burning building. The bravest Firemen, which is actually Roasty McFry, is already in the building trying to rescue a cat, and is also the symbol that pays the most in the Thunderkick product. A Wizard is also present, along with a Pirate, Robot, Goat with a cigar, and five types of coins, which serve as low-paying symbols.
The Fire symbol represents a mystery symbol and will make room for another symbol, when it gets put out by the firemen. The Wild substitutes for all regular symbols in the game, while the Alarm Bell Scatter triggers the Bonus Game.
Since there are no standard paylines, it is much easier to land winning combinations, thanks to the 243 ways to win. All punters have to do in order to win a payout is land three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels, starting from the far left reel. Before you start this fire drill, set the most appropriate bet that ranges from $0.10 to $100, which will certainly be attractive to both penny punters and high rollers. After that, all spinners need to do is hit the Spin button, and the adventure begins.
Apart from the Spin button, located on the bottom right corner of the screen, there is also the Autoplay option, where punters can choose up to 5,000 automatic spins. This option is perfect for those gamers who like when a machine does all the hard work.
First of all, we will talk about the Fire Drill feature, which is triggered randomly during base game. After every spin, it is possible that the Fire Drill may start, and from one to five low-paying coin symbols may turn into the mystery Fire symbol. Once the firemen put the fire out with their big hoses, the Fire symbol will turn into one of the regular symbols, providing more opportunities for bigger wins.
The Alarm Bell Scatter is crucial for triggering the Bonus feature. Three Scatters will get you 10 free spins, four Alarm Bells will reward gamers with 15 freebies, while all five Scatters bring 20 free spins. What is also important is that gamers keep collecting Scatters during the feature, because for every three collected Alarm Bells, players will advance to the next level (or floor), and get two extra freebies. Since there are five levels, you can get up to 10 additional free spins, meaning 30 of them in total.
For every level/floor unlocked, one of the coin symbols will turn into a Fire symbol, due to the Coin Ignition feature. If you manage to get all the way to the fifth level, all five low-paying coins will always turn into Fire symbols, which then turn into other regular symbols and create more chances for lucrative payouts.
Roasty McFry and the Flame Busters is a low variance slot with a RTP of 96.1%. We already mentioned that Roasty is the symbol that pays the most, and he can give players up to 10 times the initial bet, for five of a kind. Land five Wizards on adjacent reels and you will win 5 times the triggering bet. The Pirate will get you 4.5 times the bet for the maximum combo.
Since we are big fans of arcades, and we used to spend days and days playing these old-school games, we have to admit that the 2017 release is really a fun trip down the memory lane, at least for us. The colourful retro visuals are simply impressive, as well as the soundtrack, which fits the theme perfectly. As for the additional features, players can really win plenty, even though it takes time to trigger them. We risk sounding like real arsonists, but starting a fire in a building never seemed more appealing, because every time the firemen put it out, it will result in rewarding payouts. Nevertheless, be careful when playing with fire, because it can burn your bankroll in a matter of seconds, if you are not careful when placing a bet.