Most of the time, we’re not too happy to hear about major fires on the news, but sometimes we talk about some pretty great things in those terms. Whether you’re excited about trying mom’s five-alarm chili, or you just want to tell your friends you’re “on fire” at the blackjack table, there’s no doubt that under the right circumstances, the bigger the heat, the happier it can make you feel.
That’s why WMS chose this theme for their slot machine known as 3 Alarm Fire. It’s a red hot slot that offers up multipliers and big prizes to its players, including the potential for an explosive progressive jackpot. Best of all, this is all contained in a pretty small and easy-to-play package, proving that you don’t need to make games that are super complicated in order to delight gamblers.
3 Alarm Fire is a three-reel, nine-payline slot machine that can be found both in many live casinos and at some social casinos that are part of the Play4Fun Network. The object of the game is pretty simple: make matches of symbols across your paylines, and you’ll be rewarded with prizes of varying sizes.
If you’re familiar with most three-reel slots, the basic gameplay here won’t surprise you. For the most part, you’ll be looking to match bars and sevens across your lines for progressively larger prizes. You’ll need a full set to win anything; mixing and matching bars (which come in single, double, and triple formats) is okay, though you’ll win more if you make a true three-of-a-kind.
The biggest prize winning symbol, however, is the “Triple” logo. Three of these wins a prize that is far larger than anything else you can hit on the reels – though it is only the beginning when it comes to increasing the rewards that can be found here.
The real secret to this game’s popularity comes from the bevy of multipliers that you can find throughout the reels, all of which stack to make your wins bigger than ever. For instance, that Triple symbol acts as a wild, both filling in for other prizes and tripling the amount you win should they take part in a paying line. Hit one to get a 3x multiplier, or hit two along with any other symbol for a total of 9x your normal payout.
There are also bonuses on some of the other icons found on the reels. A few of the bars come with a 2x marker, while sevens can have either 2x or 5x signifiers. These also stack, meaning there are several different bonus levels you can achieve at the end of a spin. That means even a small prize, like non-matching bars, can become pretty significant if it includes a triple and a 2x, for instance.
Finally, there’s another reason to look out for those wild symbols. If you manage to hit three triples on the same line while you are playing for the maximum bet, you’ll win a progressive jackpot. This is a great incentive to play at a denomination where you’re comfortable playing for the maximum, as this jackpot can often be much larger than the normal top prize.
Fans of five-reel slots often assume that three-reel games are boring, but 3 Alarm Fire proves that this isn’t always the case. This is a game that is filled with action and excitement on every spin, as the multipliers and nine paylines offer a multitude of ways to win every time you play. This game may feel relatively simple at first, and it is easy enough for anyone to jump in and play. But there’s more than enough going on just beneath the surface to make this a title everyone can enjoy playing.