It’s easy to tell what Fire & Steel: War of the Wilds is about simply by its name. This new BetSoft mobile slot is strangely reminiscent of the War of the Roses and A Song of Fire & Ice by George R.R. Martin, probably better known as Game of Thrones. It’s an epic tale of a constant battle between good and evil and it has some great gameplay features to back the story up.
The story behind Fire & Steel slot revolves around two characters – the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden. They’re siblings and children of the ruling dynasty, which has recently suffered an assassination. Without the queen, the kingdom is in chaos and the two remaining children are fighting each other for the crown.
Finally, the war is interrupted by the arrival of fearsome black dragons that attack both armies. This new threat forces a truce between the siblings, as they re-join to drive away the common enemy. Using their magical powers to aid them in this war, the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden are the last frontiers against the evil dragons.
BetSoft has announced this backstory before anything else about the game, which isn’t that usual in the mobile slot industry. However, having played the demo, we now know that the slot is much more than just an epic narrative!
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Fire & Steel Features Overview
- Unusual diamond-shaped reel layout
- ‘Good vs evil’ theme with fantasy style music
- Impressive 3D visual effects
- Character symbols with unique features
- Gamble feature
- Free spins
The Experience Of Playing Fire & Steel
The demo of this mobile slot by BetSoft looks really promising. And this isn’t just because we love a good fantasy slot. We’ve played a few mobile slots inspired by high fantasy before and no other game was as immersive as Fire & Steel is. As far as it comes to the sounds and visuals, anyway.
The music was chosen perfectly: it’s inspiring and dramatic at the same time, emphasizing the feeling of disorder and turmoil. The graphics are pleasing no less. The Swordsman and Shieldmaiden look like they’re just stepped out from the Game of Thrones TV show. Their magical powers look really nice (more on them later) and everything else suits the theme just fine. The dragons around the reel, the blurry background, the lighting – everything is just as it should be.
On the other hand, most of these visual elements and characters themselves are rather cliché when it comes to high fantasy. But, hey, this doesn’t ruin the fun of the game, so who cares? One thing that someone might really dislike is that two types of the symbols are rather similar to each other. Not a huge issue, though.
Now, let’s get to the actual game and the ways you can win at it. Fire & Steel mobile slot consists of 20 paylines and an unusual diamond-shaped reel layout. There are five reels and diagonal lines situated on a 3–4–5–4–3 grid. The slot pays both ways, too, although if you land a combo of fine symbols, you’ll only score once. Luckily, it will always pay from the direction that grants a higher pay.
The coin size you can bet per payline is anything between £0.02 and £1, from one to five coins. This means that the minimum bet on Fire & Steel is 40p and the maximum bet is £100. So, this slot isn’t the best option for people on a budget, because it will probably take quite a few spins before you can win anything big. The theoretical return to player is just average for a mobile slot – 95.5%
Talking about winnings, though, you can win quite a lot. The higher possible win in a single spin is 2,500x your bet. And whenever you win something, you can always gamble to win even more! The gamble feature is the coin toss. You can try to double your winnings more than once, too. Another great thing about it is that you can choose whether to gamble all of your winnings or just half of it. There’s no way to use ‘Double up’ feature after the bonus round.
Bonus Features: Character Wilds
As already mentioned, the game revolves around two characters. This isn’t only true to the story behind Fire & Steel, but also to the gameplay. In fact, Swordsman and Shieldmaiden symbols are the only thing that makes this game interesting. However, it sure does bring a good deal to the game.
Both of these symbols are wilds. Not only that, they both roar their battle cries and release magical beams that turn all the symbols they touch into wilds, too. Every Swordsman symbol releases a magical beam upwards or downwards in the grid. Similarly, every Shieldmaiden symbol releases a magical beam to the left or right. This effect almost guarantees a win. Sometimes, it’s a really big win too, especially if you manage to land more than one character symbol.
War Of The Wilds
When both the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden symbols appear on the reels and their magical beams intersect, War of the Wilds feature is activated. War of the Wilds grants 10 free spins and a sticky wild in the place where the magical beams intersected for the remainder of this bonus round. The feature can also be re-triggered, granting 10 more spins and additional sticky wilds.
Check Out The New BetSoft Slot On 24th July
Fire & Steel mobile slot is due to be released on 24th July. So, grab your Android next Monday and look for it at BetSoft Casinos like bet365, Dunder or Guts. We can’t promise that it will be your next favourite slot as the gameplay isn’t as exciting as the visuals and 3D graphics that BetSoft pays so much attention to in their recent games. However, it’s definitely going to keep you busy for a few hours,to say the least.
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