7s On Fire (Barcrest): Overview
Ah Barcrest we meet again. After memories of their last review sent a shiver down the spine, we approached their latest release with some trepidation. And to be honest, a certain amount of morbid curiosity. What could we possibly have to deal with this time around? With some developers, you really have no idea what to expect, and that is often the case with Barcrest. With 7s On Fire, they have chosen to entertain players with a simple 3x3 fruit slot. And by simple, this one is about as rudimentary as it gets. But, let's not be too hasty to write it off. There have been several recent releases that used this format and did enough to be entertaining. With just the right twist or addition, even this ultra-saturated slot variety can provide new and entertaining experiences from time to time. Let's keep an open mind, and brace for a hot and steamy trip with 7s On Fire.
First impressions are fantastic. That is, fantastic in that everything you dreaded has come true - even exceeded. The graphics are shameless, and the UI looks like a trip back to the early 90s. In fact, there are some great pictures of Lemmy from Motorhead playing fruit machines back in the 80s that look more high tech. But still, with the benefit of the doubt, looks aren't everything; it's gameplay that ultimately counts. To get the 3x3 reels spinning players select stakes from c/p 0.10 to a mind-bending €/£500 per spin.
The rules are easy; simply land 3 of a kind over the 5 paylines for a winner. The paytable, in ascending order, has cherries, oranges, BARs, watermelons, bells, stars, regular sevens, and fiery sevens. Symbol combinations are elusive but high value with 3 of the fiery sevens worth 250 times the stake. The fiery sevens are also wild, but during the standard game, they only substitute for the regular sevens symbol. The game has an RTP of 95.10%, and what feels like very high volatility. The high number of dead spins, coupled with the high symbol values saw to that.
7s On Fire (Barcrest): Features
In keeping with the ultra-simplistic approach, there is just one feature on hand to speak of – the High Roller Spins. How this works is that players buy a batch of 5 spins. These cost a minimum of 20 credits up to a maximum of 500. The total spent is divided by 5 to provide the staked amount for each spin. What makes High roller spins different to standard spins is that the wild fiery seven symbol can substitute for all symbols in the game rather than just one. There is a trade-off though. In High Roller mode, every single symbol has its value halved so the fiery symbols are worth only 125x in High Roller mode compared to the 250x we mentioned above in standard mode.
7s On Fire (Barcrest): Verdict
Where to begin? For once, we're a little speechless. Call it shell-shock. The nightmare begins with the first visual imprint, and it's all downhill from there. The problems lie just as much with the smaller details as with the larger elements. A case in point is the background image and the game's logo. It looks like it didn't quite fit at first, so someone resized and stretched a JPG file using MS Paint, thought 'meh, that's good enough' and whacked it on there. That lax 'it's good enough' attitude permeates pretty much the whole game.
Often, even if a slot is not to your taste you can kind of see where the developers were going with it. Buried beneath the garbage lies a point to the whole thing, a glimmer of purpose for its existence, some appeal no matter how small to a tiny niche of gamblers who might appreciate its dull and lifeless gameplay. Paying for a wild and halving the value of symbols in the process? That is some next-level trolling. If you like wilds, and who doesn't, why not play the million other games that don't penalise you for substituting all of the pay symbols? We should mention that a glimmer of interest might be generated for some players by the possibility of single spin wins up to 1,250 times the stake.
The 3x3 fruit thing is one dead horse that has been flogged so repeatedly over the years all that remains are traces of gristle. And yet, some developers manage to take that style and come up with decent games. A twist or some x-factor can breathe life and novelty into their creation to greater or lesser extents. Then there are those like 7s On Fire which, when all is said and done, that leaves you scratching your head wondering why.
Game title: 7s On Fire
● Reels: 3
● Rows: 3
● Paylines: 5
● RTP: 95.10%
● Max Payout: 1,250x / Spin
● Variance: H
● Bets: 0.10 - 500 EUR
● Features: Hi-Roller Spins
● Release Date: T.B.A