Head back to the 1860s when the Union Army fought the Confederacy in Fort Brave, an American Civil War themed slot from Bally Wulff. It’s a 5 reel, 25 to 50 payline game that comes with a bonus feature that awards up to 20 free spins with multipliers that can boost payouts by a whopping 27x! Play from between 10 to 20p and £10 to £20 per spin. You can play with 25 paylines or 50 paylines – the min/max stakes are naturally affected.

We’ve not always been impressed with the design of Bally Wulff slots but Fort Brave is 1 of the developer’s better efforts – set against a riverside encampment, the reels include the usual lower value playing cards alongside bugles and drums, a soldier’s cap and a cannon. The top standard payer is the Union soldier – 5 of these on a payline will get you a handsome payout of some 100 times your total stake.

The symbol featuring a pair of US flags is the game’s wild – it doesn’t offer any pays itself but it does replace all other symbols apart from the scatter. It really comes into its own in the Free Games feature. To trigger that, you’ll need to land 3 or more of the scatter (the wooden watchtower) anywhere on the reels.

3 will get you a payout of double your total stake plus 10 free spins. 4 scatters pays 10 times your stake plus 20 free spins.5 scatters and 20 times your total stake is awarded plus 30 free spins.

Any wilds that land during the feature will come with a 2x or 3x multiplier – better still is if more than 1 wild lands on the same spin as the wild values are multiplied. Land 3 on the same free spin and your payout could rocket to the tune of a 27x multiplier! The wild doesn’t even have to form part of the winning combination – if it’s on the reels, it will be in play.

Fort Brave proved to be a pleasant surprise – the visuals, while still not from the top drawer, are better than many Bally Wulff creations. Likewise, the pipe-heavy backing track which nicely enhanced the theme. The features aren’t especially exotic but the multipliers can certainly work some magic if you land more than 1 of them during the feature.

Overall, Fort Brave has much to commend it as all really comes down to Free Games feature though. Get lucky with those multipliers and this military-themed slot can deliver some explosive action. If you like the theme, Blueprint Gaming’s Worms is worth playing.