Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot: Slot Overview
Oh, the humble tomato; how many foods have conjured so much debate? Is it pronounced 'toe-mar-to' or 'toe-may-to'? What compounds the matter further is that folk on the internet explain how tomatoes can be used as a vegetable, classed as a fruit, or considered as both. It's a bit like the Schrödinger's Cat of food. Anyway, for software provider Light & Wonder, Tomatoes are scatter symbols which, in the style of 9 Masks of Fire, can be used to collect cash prizes depending on the number of them in view. The name of the game is Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot, so whether you're a fan of eating tomatoes or not, if you're curious, why not come see what Light & Wonder has rummaged up with them?
A frisson of 'huh?' was induced when Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot hit the display and more or less lingered till the playthrough was done. The background image, okay, it's not so bad, depicts a lively market scene where sellers have set up stalls to hawk their fresh produce. The game's grid sits right smack bang in the middle of one surrounded by nature's bounty of all manner of fruit and veg. To be fair, it makes a belt-friendly change from the avalanche of sweet-themed slots which often come our way. Other details aren't so crash hot, from the oddly high-def veg symbols, the equally odd flame animations, and the general mish-mash of components.
While the audio-visuals might be questionable, the stats are generally okay. For starters, RTP sits around the average mark, coming in at 95.92% when non-bonus buying, though be aware that a lower model is available. Medium volatile, Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot is played on a 5-reel, 3-row gaming panel with 20 paylines for landing regular line wins across. Any device is suitable for use, where bet levels range from 20 p/c to $/€50 per spin.
For a scatter cash prize paying game, greater than usual emphasis has been placed on regular line wins. Well, in free spins, it is due to a respin feature. For pay symbols, 10-A icons are the lower value group, worth 2-5x the bet for five-of-a-kind, increasing to 7.5-20 times the bet for six carrots, corncobs, broccoli heads, cauliflowers, or potatoes. Wilds are your friend here, too, as they are able to substitute for all symbols except the Bonus or Tomato symbol. Wilds appear on all but the leftmost reel.
Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot: Slot Features
Now we get to the Tomato oriented part of Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot. Firstly, when 3 or more Tomato symbols hit, Tomato Respins are triggered. The triggering Tomatoes are held, and all other positions spin. If one or more new Tomatoes are added, another respin is awarded, repeating until no more Tomatoes land. Then, players are awarded a cash prize depending on how many Tomatoes are in view. Landing 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15 of them awards 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 25x, 50x, 75x, 100x, 250x, 500x, 1,000x, 2,500x, or 5,000x the bet, respectively.
Free Spins Bonus
A total of 5 free spins are awarded when 3 aubergine bonus symbols land in view. During free spins, normal line wins trigger the Upgrade feature. If applicable, all winning symbol types and wilds are upgraded to the highest winning symbol in view. Then, winning symbols are held while the other positions respin. If at least one more winning symbol hits, the respin process repeats. It is not possible to retrigger free spins, nor is it possible to trigger the respin feature and free spins on the same spin.
However, it may be possible to buy free spins. Players who are able to can do so for the cost of 50x the bet. The RTP for the Buy Pass is 95.96%.
Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot: Slot Verdict
It's an unusual game; we'll give it that. And actually, quite surreal in parts, particularly when free spins are activated, where the game kicks into a kind of electro-rock mode, which was somehow strangely easy to headbang along to. It was an odd sensation bopping away to Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot's free spins dance-y soundtrack while winning vegetables were set on fire in the middle of a stall on market day. So different from the usual run of things that it was hard to find familiar footing and work out what to make of it all.
For one, after recently reviewing Wild Outlaws from Light & Wonder, we were left wondering if Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot was a recent design or something the studio found on an old hard drive. The graphics, while in some ways high-def, also have a dated appearance, kind of like a video game that came free on a new laptop. Sounds harsh, but just free-forming ideas here, which Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot's quirky mixture of sights and sounds inspired. At a push, the quirk factor is so high maybe Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot garners some sort of cult following, though that might be a little optimistic. Who knows. 9 Masks of Fire and its ilk are super popular, and it's unlikely fans of the format have ever experienced anything like Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot.
And so, Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot might have looked pretty cutting edge a few years or so ago, but now feels archaic when compared to a lot of what we're used to seeing nowadays. Whilst the gaming ideas are technically sound, as is winning potential and so forth, the presentation is so unorthodox that the overriding emotion when the playtesting was done was a sort of head-scratching puzzlement.
Whatever interesting ideas Flaming Tomatoes Cash Shot might possess are diluted by an odd use of audio-visual components.