Flame of Fortune is one of the latest fantasy theme video pokie games we had a chance to test. The game design is pretty simple, with decent animations and symbol details. It has a vintage look, so unless you know it’s a newly launched game, you may think it has been around for ages.
The symbols on the reels have a deeper meaning and represent Wisdom (Wizard), Strength (Lion), Justice (Scales) and Faith (Palmed Hands). Another interesting symbol in Flame of Fortune is the wild (White Dove) which is the well known symbol for world peace. We’re not exactly sure what the symbols and their meaning actually represent, so that’s one more reason why this pokie has a mystic look.
Flame of Fortune is another great project by our old friends Barcrest. Loyal players will surely remember them by their previous project, Boulder Bucks, and will find some similarities between the two games.
It’s good to see that at least some software providers are really trying to create unique and interesting video pokie games, instead of just creating clones of their previous releases. Also another great feature for the video pokie games by Barcrest Software is that more attention is paid to the game features and big payout potential instead of the overall visual look.
How to Play
Flame of Fortune follows a more or less standard design for Barcrest video pokie games. There are 10 active pay lines on the 5 reels and 3 rows, which makes the game look very simple. Still with the Big Bet Button on the screen and bet levels up to $500 per spin, you get the feeling much more is hidden in the game itself.
Once you start reading through the game rules and the many features available, you get a feeling that Flame of Fortune is a very complicated game to play. You are partly right, but we will try to explain it as simple as possible. If you take a look at the game RTP level you will notice that it actually increases as the total bet goes over $2 per spin.
This is basically where all the game features start and the bet determines the possible payouts in the game. The bet level determines the extra functions of the wild symbol, on bets under $2 the wild doesn’t substitute for the golden symbols, while on bets on$2 and more the wild substitutes for all symbols on the reels. Of course this high bet level has to be justified somehow in the game and why it’s worth risking so much money.
Once the wild starts substituting for all symbols in the game, you have a bigger chance to trigger the Fortune Drop bonus game. You need 5 golden symbols on a pay line to do this, so the wild can definitely help in achieving that easier and more often. The Fortune Drop bonus game is played on a separate screen, with other higher paying symbols and with a cascading win feature. Wins are formed horizontally or vertically starting with at least 3 of the same symbols and other symbols dropping to take their place.
The interactive and strategy mode in Flame of Fortune starts at the end of this feature, where the player can choose to keep the wins or take a gamble on the Flame of Fortune Wheel. Here the gamble can award a cash prize or an Enhanced Fortune Drop. The features continue on the red and blue wheel of fortune where the player can win expanded wilds, wild reels or golden reels. The Big Bet option awards the same enhanced features and their level depends on the bet you place starting with $20, $30 or the max $50.
Flame of Fortune is definitely a game that can pay big. The maximum payout according to the game rules is 250,000 coins and we have seen some 500 x bet wins in the features.
With each new video pokie game coming from Barcrest Software, our admiration to their work grows exponentially. We love the fact that they produce interesting video pokie games and don’t follow the traditional game design.
The features and the Big Bet option are another one of their trademarks making their games recognizable as soon as you see the reels. As many of their other games, Flame of Fortune is worth trying with a bigger balance and bigger bets, because the payouts can be more than rewarding.