For online video slots fanatics, the name Big Time Gaming (BTG) is synonymous with high risk, fast action video slots like their classics Bonanza and White Rabbit. These games and their infamous Megaways™ game engine have breathed new life into the industry and engaged a whole new fan base of players loving the thrill of high-risk slots. The success of Megaways™ has been so big that BTG has licensed the engine out to other game providers who seem to churn out new versions almost every week.
This is all great news for high variance slots fans who like chasing down those massive payouts, but what about fans of a looser type of slot, one where smaller stakes and a lower bankroll can still bring some gambling fun? Well, earlier this year BTG decided to come up with a game that would appeal to this wider audience, and they came up with Opal Fruits. Here we take a look at this great little slot and explain why you should be giving it a spin at your latest online casino of choice.
The ambitious remit for this slot was to challenge the ubiquitous Starburst from NetEnt. Those old enough to remember will notice the subtle gag in the title of the game – Opal Fruits was the old name for Wrigley’s Starburst sweets. In setting up a challenger to Starburst, BTG looked to create a game that would be suitable to load up with free spins so that operators could use it as an incentive to sign up to their casinos – ‘join today and get 20 spins on Opal Fruits’. So, this is a low-stakes, high turnover game, with plenty of free spins, multipliers and other clever features to keep any slots fan happy for hours, without needing a massive bankroll to start.
What else do Opal Fruits have to offer? Like many Big Time Gaming slots, Opal Fruits uses a Cascading Wins game engine. That means if you hit a winning combination, those symbols in the win lines will drop out and be replaced by others, possibly creating more wins. If this happens then the process repeats, and again and again, until no more win lines are created. It’s an exciting mechanic that was popularised by NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest game some years back and crops up in many slot games since.
Another exciting feature of BTG’s Opal Fruits slot is the Triple Reaction™ mechanic which like their Megaways™ reel set up, has been Trademarked by BTG’s canny team. Triple Reaction works like this: Opal Fruits features more than one reel-set. In fact, there are three in all: the main reel set, and one above the main reel and one additional one below. Each reel set spins in a different direction – left to right above, right to left at the bottom, and the usual top to bottom on the main reel. This creates a dizzying effect and a nice 5,625 maximum ways to win on each spin.
Elsewhere, you’ll find the usual array of wilds, multipliers and free spins re-triggers that make BTG slots so compelling. And like other games from BTG, Opal Fruits has a killer soundtrack that sounds like a combination of Daft Punk and retro-arcade games rolled into one.
So, if you’re looking for an exciting new slots experience this summer, we recommend you take a spin on Opal Fruits – a £10 bankroll could go a long way on this game, and it’s a lot of fun too!