Expect some explosive action in Rocket Returns, the new fireworks-themed slot from Bally Technologies. It’s a 9 reel, 228 ways to win title that comes with a free spin feature where wild multipliers can boost your wins by up to 5x. Play from between 15p and £150 per spin.

Rocket Returns certainly looks very different to the vast majority of slots sitting on the virtual shelves – the basic game engine is a 9 reel, diamond shaped configuration. The reels feature a selection of different coloured, one bar, two bar and three bar symbols as well as orange a blue 7s.

You’ll need to find 4 of the same symbol to create a winner – find a winning combination of 9 blue 7s and you’ll see the cashier rocketing along to the tune of 250 times your total stake.

The stick of dynamite is the game’s wild – it only appears on reel 5 (the middle reel) and substitutes for everything with the exception of the bonus. Whenever the wild forms part of a winning combination, that payout will be boosted by a multiplier of between 1x and 3x.

The other symbol to keep an eye on is the striped arrow firework – when this lands on reels 1, 5 and 9 you’ll activate the Free Spins feature. To start with, you’ll receive 5 free spins but there’s power to add more. One bonus symbol on a spin will add 1 more free spin to the total. Two bonuses and you’ll receive 2 extra free spins. Three bonuses and you’ll receive 5 more free spins.

The middle reel wild also plays out during the feature. Instead of multipliers of 1x to 3x, wild wins will be boosted by up to 5x if it lands during the feature – this is where the big wins will come from.

If you’re looking for a change from a steady diet of 5 reel, 3 row slots, then Rocket Returns is well worth a closer look. The action sparkles thanks to the 228 ways to win format. The bonus round is a good one too – 5 free spins may seem a little skinny but there are plenty of opportunities to add more and the wild multipliers can really boost your winning chances.

By the way, it’s a medium to high variance slot – the maximum you can win is a whopping 1,268 times your stake or £190,200 if you’re playing at maximum stakes.

We expected an impressive display from this firework frenzy and by and large Rocket Returns delivered. It’s playable on desktop, mobile and tablet devices but looks particularly good when you play it on your iPhone. If you like Bally slots, I also recommend Moon Goddess and Thunderhorn.