Fire & Steel from Betsoft Gaming: Slot Review - there be Dragons!
This latest release from software developer Betsoft Gaming has a real touch of Game of Thrones about it. The slot focuses on two rival noble Houses who have been fighting ever since the ancient High Queen was assassinated. The Queen bore 2 children but neither was formally named as heir to the throne. The daughter became the Shieldmaiden and the son became the Swordsman and as they took to the battlefield for one final showdown to decide who should rule the land, neither of them anticipated the arrival of some ferocious Dragons! It is now up to the Shieldmaiden and the Swordsman to put aside their differences and work together to eliminate the greatest threat their world has ever faced. Can you help them defeat the Dragons and help restore order to a broken land?
Fire & Steel is a 5 reel slot game with 20 paylines and includes 2 Wild Symbols, Free Spins, and a Gamble feature.
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The first feature to highlight is that the game does not feature just one Wild symbol but in fact two! The Wild symbols consist of the Shieldmaiden and the Swordsman. When you land the Swordsman Wild symbol, you will notice a bright red vertical beam bursts from the symbol either from above or below which turns every symbol in its path into a Wild symbol. Similarly, when the Shieldmaiden Wild appears, it will also release a red beam and turn symbols into Wilds but only from either the right or left direction. The Wild symbol is the highest paying symbol in the game and if you manage to land 5 of these symbols on an active payline then you will bag the top jackpot prize of 2,500 coins!
If both the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden symbols land on the reels and their beams intersect with each other then you will trigger the War of the Wilds Free Spins game. In this feature you'll be awarded 10 Free Spins and the place on the reels where the beams intersected to trigger the feature will remain Wild for the duration of Free Spins. If the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden intersect again on the reels while in Free Spins then you’ll be awarded another 10 Free Spins.
The last feature to mention is the optional Double Up game. To play this risky but fun game all you need to do is click on the ‘Double Up’ button when you land a win. In this mini-game, you have to choose between heads or tails of a gold coin as it is tossed. Choose correctly and your winnings will be doubled. If you like to take a bit of a risk then you press the ‘Gamble All’ button to stake all of your winnings but be warned that if you guess incorrectly then you will lose all your current winnings and be taken back to the main game with some very empty pockets!
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Theme and Graphics
The presentation of the game is superb as it features some amazing 3D graphics. As you play the game, you’ll notice the Swordsman and the Shieldmaiden standing battle-ready on opposite sides of the reels with some fearsome black Dragons in the background. The symbols are beautifully detailed and consist of the Swordsman, the Shieldmaiden, a Crown, a Book, a Helmet, a Dagger, a Goblet, Royal Crests, and an assortment of fine jewels. The animations are very impressive as symbols bounce into life and sparkle when you land a win. I really enjoyed watching the Wild symbols transform as the Swordsman/Shieldmaiden scream out a battle-cry and emit a glowing red beam each time they popped up on the reels.
The music is loud, orchestral, and of the epic variety. It suits the fantasy theme of this slot really well.
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Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots
The game features 20 paylines, a reasonable RTP of 95.5%, and a low jackpot of 2,500 coins.
Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the bet when you spin the reels.
Coin Size: 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00
Based on an original bet of 20:
- Fire & Steel Wild Symbol: 40 for 3X, 150 for 4X, 500 for 5X
- Crown Symbol: 30 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 250 for 5X
- Purple Crest Symbol: 20 for 3X, 50 for 4X, 150 for 5X
- Yellow Crest Symbol: 20 for 3X, 50 for 4X, 150 for 5X
- Book Symbol: 15 for 3X, 30 for 4X, 100 for 5X
- Goblet Symbol: 15 for 50 for 3X, 30 for 4X, 80 for 5X
- Helmet Symbol: 10 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 60 for 5X
- Dagger Symbol: 10 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 50 for 5X
- Green Jewel Symbol: 5 for 3X, 15 for 4X, 30 for 5X
- Blue Jewel Symbol: 5 for 3X, 15 for 4X, 30 for 5X
- Red Jewel Symbol: 2 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 20 for 5X
- Orange Jewel Symbol: 2 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 20 for 5X
- Yellow Jewel Symbol: 2 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 20 for 5X
Our Verdict on Fire & Steel
Betsoft Gaming created this highly entertaining game and although it does not contain too many features, it does have a lot more depth than you might realise at first. The Wild symbols are expertly used in this slot and using both symbols to trigger Free Spins is a real stroke of genius. In fairness, it did take me quite some time to trigger Free Spins but it is definitely worth your patience as the rewards can be huge especially when you land a few Shieldmaiden symbols together. I found this game to be highly volatile so you will need to invest quite a bit of time and money before you finally land a big payout.
Rally the troops to victory in Fire & Steel!