It sounds like a slot based on windy weather or perhaps the Second World War but Roaring Forties is in fact a classic fruit machine re-boot from Novomatic. The forty of the title refers to the number of paylines in play in the 5 reel, 4 row machine. It doesn’t offer much in the way of extras but if you’re a fan of old school action, you won’t be disappointed. Play from between 40p and £50 per spin.

Even for a Novomatic slot, Roaring Forties is a truly stripped back affair – this is about as basic a game as you’ll come across as far as gameplay is concerned. There aren’t any extras to report – if you’re after free spins, cash trails or pick’em rounds, then you’ll be out of luck.

Everything here centres on the base game which is configured like a classic fruit machine. The plain white reels include cherries, lemons, oranges and plums which award 8, 40 or 100 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Next come the grapes and melons which pay 20, 80 and 200 coins followed by the bell which offers 40, 100 or 300 coins. The most lucrative of the standard symbols is the lucky red 7 – hit 3, 4 or 5 of this in a row will get you 4, 60, 200 or 1,000 coins.

Those numbers are dwarfed by the star scatter which is by far the most potentially rewarding symbol – 3, 4 or 5 stars anywhere on the reels and you can look to a payout of 80, 800 or 20,000 coins! Helping your winning chances is the wild – it doesn’t offer any pays in its own right but does replace all other symbols apart from the scatter.

Simple Roaring Forties may be but it’s a feisty little operator – the variance here is high so you can expect some big swings in your bankroll when you play.

The graphics and sound are a little crude and the there’s nothing on offer as far as extras are concerned. Roaring Forties will appeal to players wanting to just sit back and hit autoplay. If that sounds like you, by all means dive in. If you’re after something a little more sophisticated, you’ll find plenty of suitable alternatives elsewhere – like Kingdom of Legend and Red Lady by Novomatic.