ALL ABOUT BOMBUSTER SLOT
It’s been an interesting 12 months for Red Tiger, with a takeover by NetEnt announced last September signaling an opportunity for their Megaways™ license to be made available for the vast catalogue of games from their new Swedish owners. Of course, since then the highlight of that partnership has been the recent release of the much-anticipated Gonzo’s Quest Megaways™ game which is proving hugely popular. And at the same time Red Tiger have continued to grow their own game catalogue with new slots that combine fine artwork with interesting and fun gameplay. Like many of the best slots producers they have pushed the limits of high variance play in recent years with games like Laser Fruit and Gemtastic. But in the case of Bombuster this trend has been reined in, with a more modest medium volatility and a top payout of around 2,000x which is pretty tame in the current market. Nevertheless, this simple little grid game with just a handful of features looks superb and plays nicely with pretty regular payouts to keep you engaged. Let’s dive in and find out more.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
Bombuster is a grid slot with a very classic feel to it. The backdrop is one we’ve seen many times before, a kind of generic outer space look, mixing dark colors with neon lines in 3-d. The grid itself is a 7×7 set-up. The symbols are taken from classic fruit machines, including bells, stars, melons, lemons, watermelons, and the highest paying lucky 7. Payouts are triggered by landing clusters of symbols that are adjoined horizontally and vertically. You need at least 5 symbols to form a clusters and clusters can be as big as 40 in size. That means it’s possible to trigger some big payouts from standard play, with a top payout of 1,000x for 40 Lucky 7s in one.
The other important symbol in the game is the ‘W’ which is the Wild and subs for all others to create clusters. There are also some important variations on the Wild which we will come to in a minute.
NOTE:Like all grid slots, Bombuster is a Cluster Pays game. That means after any winning drop, the winning symbols are removed from the grid and new ones drop in to replace them. When this happens new clusters may form and the process may repeat. The cycle continues until no more wins are formed.
BOMBUSTER SLOT RTP, VARIANCE AND PAYOUTS
So Bombuster is not the high variance roller coaster ride that some of Red Tiger’s slots have been in recent years. This one plays out on a fairly steady medium variance and comes with a top payout of just 2,020x. That means you should see clusters forming pretty regularly, but don’t expect to hit anywhere close to that 2,000x + prize very often. The RTP is set at 95.74% which is a little under average for this kind of game, and you can start spins from just 10p per play.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Aside from the Cluster Pays format, Bombuster is all about Wilds and Bombs. The latter are special symbols with additional features that are released after a set number of drops. Until they are released the bombs remain static on the grid regardless of the events around them. Bombs come with arrows attached to them. When the time comes for them to explode, they clear a path of symbols in the direction of the arrows to the edge of the grid. Then new symbols drop into the empty spaces.
Destroy Bombs – A standard bomb that will remain on the grid for up to 3 drops.
Swap Bombs– Sits in place for up to 50 drops until it explodes. When it does it leaves a trail of identical symbols along the path of the explosion.
Wild Bombs – Rarer that the others, the Wild Bombs sit in place for up to 200 drops until they explode. They leave a trail of Wilds along the path of the explosion. Concurrent explosions cannot displace the wilds.
Bombuster is a pretty decent slot for those who like their gameplay slow and steady. It doesn’t have the high variance thrills and spills of other grid slots we’ve seen in 2020, but it is fun nonetheless. On a rare occasion it may also deliver a pretty exciting sequence of wins when you combine consecutive winning cascades along with wild and swap bomb blasts. It’s not Red Tiger’s best to date but it’s still worth a spin or two.