Oh my goodness, do I love Flame Busters from Thunderkick. This slot machine hits me right in the nostalgia feels, making me feel like I'm playing an old cartridge from my original Nintendo Entertainment System. You're going to be treated with some classic 8-bit styled sprites, a lot of humour, and the chance to win some big prizes. This all combines to make Flame Busters perhaps the best Thunderkick video slot to be released thus far.
Flame Busters is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot that takes place in a high-rise building in an 8-bit town. The game has you spinning the reels to fill the windows with different symbols while firemen wait outside ready to put out flames that pop up. Symbols in the game include coins with the traditional 10, J, Q, K, A icons on them as well as a smoking goat, robot, pirate with hook hand, wizard, and fireman holding a kitten. The game really has a retro look and feel to it that I enjoy, and there is a lot of humour included in the sprites themselves.
The features in the game are pretty self explanatory and include scatters, wild symbols, spreading wilds, and free spins. There is also a coin ignition feature that sets off and sees you trying to have fire symbols fill spots to give cash prizes. A fire drill feature is also included and transforms low paying symbols to fire. These combined features give Flame Busters a theoretical return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.1%, which is average for an online slot from what we see.
The overall experience with Flame Busters is fantastic. You're likely to go long droughts without hitting the free spins round, but when you do: look out! Your firefighter team will climb the building and put out fires with ease. When you get three bell symbols to pop up during the round, the firefighters move up a building level, making the low-paying symbols turn to fire in that fire drill feature. This makes the game a lot of fun to play and replenished my dwindling bankroll substantially.
Playing this game works well on both desktop and mobile platforms, and I found it equally charming on each. This is a game that you need to play, especially if you grew up playing video games from the 80's or 90's. This is a real gem.