Lately, we’ve been looking at various mythical and godly slots. That train doesn’t seem to stop today, because we are here to meet another aspect of Greek culture, their God of Fire. In Ancient Greek culture, the god of fire and blacksmiths is Hephaestus. This god forged all the weapons for gods at the Olympus, but finally, he has received something of his own, a video slot. We saw a similar slot from Quickspin, called Hammer of Vulcan, but that was about the Roman god. Does God of Fire do justice to Hephaestus or will the god forever be mocked? Only one way to find out.
This is the first time we are taking a look at a slot from Northern Lights, which is one of the partner studios for Microgaming. They are not necessarily a new studio, because they have been making slots since 2018, but they haven’t yet reached that status of being a well-known provider. Of course, you may say that their journey has just begun, which in a way is also true, but back to the slot at hand. You best come prepared, because God of Fire is about to bring in an unseen intensity. This slot is not for the faint-hearted, because the temperature is about to be scorching. Are you tough enough to stand next to the mighty God of Fire?
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God of Fire Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
Just like Hammer of Vulcan, also God of Fire brings that fiery intensity. It’s hard to say, but we seem to be somewhere in the depths of a volcano, perhaps Hephaestus is visiting his friend Hades in the underworld. An ominous and dark ambient music will keep you on your toes and the eternal flames will light up your eyes. If Northern Lights were planning to create a presentation that is dark, intense and mysterious then they have done a spot-on job. God of Fire is a 5 reel slot, but due to Ultraways, it doesn’t look like your typical 5 by 3 game. Overall, we are quite impressed by the job that Northern Lights did. The full-screen resolution quality looks a bit off, but we are also reviewing an early version, so that might be fixed in the future.
So what are these Ultraways you may ask? The Ultraways provide over 60 million different ways to win. Instead of the regular way, where on a 5x3 slot you have 15 symbols per spin, the God of Fire layout can contain many more symbols per spin, as one cell can contain two or four matching symbols. Besides the special symbols, God of Fire comes with 8 regular symbols, which are J, Q, K, A, vase, pillar, helmet and the God of Fire himself. As we said, the quality of these symbols is okay, it’s nothing overly exciting. Additionally to these regular symbols, we got the standard Wild and the Blue Wild, which triggers the Exploding Wild bonus. Keep on reading to find out more about the God of Fire bonuses.
We’ve said this numerous times, you can’t have an intense-looking slot and then come out with some measly payouts. Luckily for everyone, God of Fire is true to its looks, giving players a chance to score some massive wins. The best win you can get is 18,000x, so no jokes around these parts. To match that max win, volatility has been set to a high setting, while the RTP remains in a good range, which is 96.06%. Northern Lights have optimized God of Fire well on all devices. The bet range for this slot is 0.10 – 50.
Let’s start with simple things and then move on to the more complicated God of Fire features. The Blue Wild is a symbol that drops randomly during the base game. The Blue Wild will explode, revealing single, double or quad wilds, or even more Blue Wild symbols. Each Blue Wild continues to explode until there are no more of these symbols available.
The main God of Fire treasure pot is the Free Spins Bonus. To get the bonus, you will need 3 to 5 Bonus symbols. The reward is Free Spins with 3, 4 or 5 lives respectively. During these Free Spins, players need to keep the bonus going for as long as they can, to maximize the winning potential. Players lose one life if a Lose Life symbol drops on the 5th reel. On the other hand, the Gain Life symbol will add one life. Lose Life symbol usually appears more often than the Gain Life, so keep that in mind. Whilst you’re trying to keep the bonus going, each spin can come with a random modifier:
• Exploding Wild – adds a random amount of Blue Wilds
• Upgrade – Ultraways is upgraded on a random symbol
• Multiplier – 2x, 3x, 5x or 10x win multiplier
Even though he seems rough, God of Fire is generous. If players land only 2 Bonus symbols, then that is considered as a Near-Miss. Each Near-Miss awards a token. Collect 60 of these tokens and your reward is Super Free Spins Bonus. On this bonus, your lives can randomly range from 3 to 5. What makes it Super? On every Free Spin, a special modifier is guaranteed. This is a big deal because during the regular Free Spins Bonus, plenty of times you will find yourself with no modifiers.
The atmosphere is where God of Fire excels. The crackling fire, the pounding of the anvil and the ominous background sounds create a very unique and engaging presentation. The gameplay just like the presentation can be quite intense, for good and bad reasons. God of Fire has some strong payouts, which go head to head with some other popular Ancient Greek slots. The problem can be the tough nature of the game because sometimes you can be stuck with loads of empty spins. Also, it would be nicer if the Lose Life and Gain Life symbols dropped with a 50/50 chance, instead of the Lose Life symbol appearing significantly more often. Otherwise, Northern Lights have done a solid job on God of Fire.
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