Fire 88

Enjoy some flaming hot Chinese-themed action in Fire 88, a 3 reel, 7 payline slot from Pragmatic Play. Look out here for respins which trigger every time you land 2 wilds and a jackpot round where you could win a prize of 888 times your stake. Play from between 7p and £35 per spin.

There are plenty of Chinese-themed slots already on the market so what makes Fire 88 different? Well the unusual 3 reel game engine for starters. There you’ll see a selection of traditional objects including single, double and treble firecracker bars, coins and diamonds. The best of the standard symbols is the 88 symbols – land 3 of those in combination and you’ll pocket a payday of just over 14 times your stake.

More rewarding still is the dragon which is the game’s wild – it substitutes for all other symbols apart from the jackpot and offers awards of around 35 times your stake if you manage to land 3 of them on a line. Land 2 of them on a line and you’ll trigger the Respin feature- the payout from the original spin is made first. The reels featuring the 2 wilds are both frozen and the third reel spins again. A second payout then follows if you make a winner (which you certainly will).

Look out too for the Fire 88 Jackpot symbol – land 3 of them on the same spin to trigger the Jackpot feature. You’ll then head to a new screen where you’ll be shown 9 gold coins, behind which lie Mini, Minor or Grand symbols. Keep on picking until you land 3 that match. You’ll then win the corresponding jackpot prize.

If you land the Mini Jackpot the prize is 38 times your stake. Find the Minor Jackpot and your reward will be equal to 88 times your stake. Best of all is the Grand Jackpot – find 3 of these hiding behind the coins and you’ll pocket a mighty prize of 888 times your stake.

The theme here is red hot but you can’t say that about the volatility in Fire 88. This is a medium variance game that offers a balanced range of payouts. There’s nothing too flashy on offer in either in terms of design or gameplay. As we’ve come to expect from Pragmatic Play though, it’s a perfectly solid all-round performer. The imagery is simple but nicely done and the backing track is a suped up version of a classical Asian score.

The gameplay is rather like the design – there’s nothing too adventurous but what it offers it delivers rather nicely. For simple Chinese-themed action with a slight retro feel, Fire 88 does the job perfectly adequately.