The Fire Queen has long dark flowing hair and is dressed in a skimpy metallic gold outfit, but it’s her ability to create fire with her bare hands that really sets her apart. My guess is that she is particularly good at creating fire, as why else would WMS have devoted a whole slot to her? She is joined on the reels by a strange mix of symbols that include large winged birds, a fiery horse, a purple pendant, a red potion, a ruby ring and a phoenix which appears on two separate symbols – so I guess any parties she might host would be particularly interesting.
This game has a setup which is most certainly unusual, as you’ll enjoy the ‘Double Money Burst’ system, which ensures that wins come along in larger clusters than normal. You’ll also find a free spins feature which can be activated in a number of ways, with up to 20 spins coming your way.
At first glance this looks like a five reel slot, with four symbols showing on reels one and two, and six symbols showing on reels three, four and five. However, the eight symbols that make up the first two reels are all completely independent, meaning that the same symbols can appear in each. The upper and lower half of the slot each has 50 win lines running through it and the set up ensures that there is a premium on the first two reels, as all of the win lines run through these smaller reels.
The total of 100 win lines is set for every spin, but you’ll only actually pay 1 credit for every 2 lines, meaning for example that a 1c bet per 2 lines will give you a total stake of 50c. The maximum total stake for each spin is $100. You can also take advantage of the auto play option where the slot will continue to play until you click auto spin again.
Graphically the slot is very easy on the eye, with a nice backdrop featuring the moon across the mountains, while candles line a balcony. The reels are backed by a purple blue mix, each of the symbols adding much color to the reels, while the feature symbol showing the phoenix in the flames is the standout one and is slightly larger than all others. The Fire Queen herself is the stacked wild and her evil stare and the fire emanating from her hand certainly give her a presence. The mysterious air of the game is added to by the atmospheric, moody soundtrack which plays alongside each spin – exactly what you might hear when watching a horror movie as the innocent victim inexplicably decides to go and check out exactly what is making the noise in the cellar.
Wins come along in the usual way by landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, with the Fire Queen wild being the highest paying at 400 coins for landing the maximum five in a row. Of course, with her being a stacked wild, she will also enable many additional wins by substituting for all other symbols apart from the scatter. The phoenix (without the fire) and the flaming horse are the next highest paying symbols.
The free spins feature is certainly the highlight of the slot, although the method of landing the feature can seem a little complicated at first, as there are a number of ways. Firstly, should the four symbols on the upper half or the lower half of the first two reels all match, you’ll gain entry. You’ll also enter the feature by landing the oversized phoenix (with the fire) on reels 3, 4 and 5. This will give you 5 free spins.
However should you land the feature by having the 4 matching symbols AND the scatter symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 you’ll actually have 20 free spins.
If you won these free spins by landing matching symbols on the first two reels, these will remain in place throughout the feature. Should you manage to land three more scatters during the feature, you’ll gain another 5 spins, however many you started with.
With the unusual setup and the slightly strange way of activating the feature, this slot might come across slightly complicated at first. This shouldn’t stop you at all however; as once you get to grips with the slot it’s actually highly playable. The ‘Double Money Burst’ system offers a slot where you might have to wait a little longer for the wins, but when they come they’ll be bigger, meaning fans of higher variance games might enjoy this format more.