Red Tiger Gaming moves away from its usual Chinese stomping ground and takes its inspiration from the classic fruit machine in Arcade Bomb. It’s a 5 reel, 20 payline slot that’s played using a win all ways game engine. There are no free spins on offer but look out for the bombs that blast identical mystery symbols to the reels. Play from between 20p and £500 per spin.
Arcade Bomb looks like an old school fruitie – the pixelated graphics are reminiscent of a retro ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 computer game. The gameplay is silky smooth though. The symbols on view will be familiar to all slots players.
In ascending order of value look out for cherries, lemons, oranges, strawberries, melons, bars and bells. By far the most rewarding symbol is the lucky 7. Land 3, 4 or 5 together for a 100, 250 or 1,000 coin payout. Rather than paylines, winning formations are made by landing the same symbol on adjacent reels.
Arcade Bombs comes with a Locked Reel Bombs feature – it’s an unusual one too. On each spin, you’ll see a selection of brightly coloured bomb symbols drop onto the reels and lock into position. Each bomb contains a number. This is a countdown which shows in how many spins the bomb will explode.
There are 4 different types of bomb as each creates a different blast pattern. When a bomb explodes, all the symbols in the blast pattern are transformed into the same identical symbol. Any unexploded bombs within the blast pattern are destroyed too.
There are no traditional features on offer here as the gameplay is based solely on the exploding bombs. They come along at regular intervals and offer a steady stream of lower value wins. Ideally, you want to see more than one of the same bomb with the same number detonate at the same time.
This can lead to multiple detonations and fill the screen with matching symbols – prizes of up to 1,000 times your stake are possible if the blasts fall nicely. We’d put the variance in the low to medium range.
Arcade Blast is an unusual game – like arcade favourites such as NetEnt’s Starburst, it takes a single feature and hammers it relentlessly. If you enjoy variety with your slots play, this probably won’t be one for you. If you fancy a novel take on a classic theme, then it’s work taking a look.