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Arcade Bombs slot review

Added by Red Tiger. Information last updated: 20/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3.5 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Red Tiger

Release date:11/2016

RTP:96.15%

Volatility:Low

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Paylines from both sides

Volatility

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Mobile version

Automatic play

Themes

Sci-fi

Fruit

Fruit machine

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RTP (Return to player):
96.15%
Volatility:
Low
Max. win:
bet x 1000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
21
Red Tiger score (compared to other slots of supplier)
24
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Arcade Bomb has us play a classic-looking slot with retro graphics that remind us of old-school arcade games that we all used to toss coins into for hours at a time!

Released in 2016 by developer Red Tiger, Arcade Bomb attempts to bring back to life the classic arcade aesthetic many older players probably grew up with when they were younger. Pixelated graphics, a thumping and otherworldly soundtrack and a bunch of exploding bombs are sure to make this a very interesting experience!

The game has an interesting look that hangs in between classic fruit machine symbols and some retro-chic images. Everything is done in high detail with the bombs standing out, both literally and artistically. They have the sort of blocky shadow that’s popular in old-school comics which adds yet another layer to the slot. The game uses a standard 5-reel, 3-row playing field and a respectable 20 paylines.

I found it all to look simple but effective, giving off this colourful and rather chaotic sense of style to the game that makes it stand out even though the symbols are largely unoriginal. The background looks like the night sky at first glance but upon closer inspection, we can see they’re actually white pixels drifting in the black.

Meanwhile, the soundtrack really drives home the arcade setting. The wins especially are amplified by the classic sound of beeps and blips, while the soundtrack is rather subtle but still provides us with a thumping bassline.

Symbols

The symbols in Arcade Bomb are based on the classic fruit machine, drawn in sharp detail and with some fancy gloss on them. I thought that was a bit odd considering the theme of the slot, and I think it would have actually been a better fit if they had made it look more blocky and pixelated instead of the other way around.

The bombs hang over the reels which is because they’re sticky. Once they explode they show the symbol that was underneath in a quick and cartoony explosion.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Bombs: There are 4 different coloured bombs that explode in different patterns. The bombs don’t have any value by themselves but add a random symbol on their pattern.
  • 7: Max. 1,000 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bell: Max. 250 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • BAR: Max. 120 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Watermelon: Max. 50 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Strawberry: Max. 40 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Orange: Max. 36 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Melon: Max. 32 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Cherries: Max. 24 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

Although the low-paying symbols have a rather low coin value this fits the Low Volatility and the game has some specific ways in counting the betlines. More on that in a bit. The way the winning paylines are shown is clear and fast, making sure we are always aware of what triggered a win.

Features

Arcade Bomb tries to go back to the classic sense of arcade slots but still adds quite a few interesting features into the game. Let’s go over them first:

  • Pays Both Ways: Arcade Bomb doesn’t just count the betlines from left to right but also vice versa, going from right to left. Not only that, but Arcade Bomb can also count a winning payline starting from the middle!
  • Bombs: Arcade Bomb randomly adds coloured bombs to the reels. These count down from 6 spins after which they explode in a specific pattern. This pattern adds a random symbol to every slot that is effected. Other bombs caught in the explosion also explode and add the same random symbol.

The Pays Both Ways not only effectively doubles the 20 existing betlines, it even makes it possible for a spin to grant a win that doesn’t start at either side of the slot. Counting from the middle, a spin might grant a win that only affects reels 2, 3 and 4. Because of the number of paylines and the way they’re counted, any time a symbol appears on 3 consecutive reels it will count as a win no matter where it is on the screen.

In combination with the Bombs mechanic, this results in very frequent wins and explains the low volatility.

The bombs require some extra in-depth explanation since there are in fact 4 different coloured bombs. Each colour bomb has its own pattern.

  • Yellow Bomb: This Bomb explodes in a vertical line, adding 3 random symbols in total above and below itself.
  • Blue Bomb: When the Blue Bomb explodes it does so in a horizontal line, with 1 random symbol on either side and underneath itself.
  • Green Bomb: The Green Bomb explodes in a + shape, adding 5 total random symbols with 1 above, 1 below and 1 on either side as well as underneath itself.
  • Purple Bomb: Finally, the Purple Bomb explodes in an X shape, adding 5 total random symbols with 1 underneath itself and 1 in each corner.

Whenever another bomb is caught in the explosion of a bomb it will trigger that bomb’s explosion as well, possibly filling up the entire playing field with the same symbol if there are enough bombs on the screen.

I thought this part of the game was very fun and very quick, resolving the explosions in a matter of seconds to not slow the gameplay down. It also worked with a lot of exponential returns, quickly causing an entire playing field to fill itself with a symbol because the explosions caused other bombs to explode as well.

In Conclusion

Arcade Bomb is a game that says it wants to be a retro-slot but simultaneously adds a bunch of beautiful graphics and a rather extravagant feature to its repertoire. The game offers sharp images, a nice if boring soundtrack and the usual quality of life features that make playing slots so much fun.

Players that are expecting a return to the classic fruit machine won’t find it here, even if the symbols and images might make it look like they will. The Bomb feature is a lot of fun but it’s a far cry from the original gameplay and it will mostly be appreciated by players that don’t mind some innovation in their games.

The low volatility coupled with the ability to bet between $0.10 and $100 per spin might see players get a large return on their investment but I would be very careful. Even with this volatility, it can also eat your funds within only a couple of spins if you’re not apprehensive. The max. win of 1,000x your bet meanwhile always feels like it’s in your reach, simply requiring a set of bombs to fill the reels with the highest paying symbol!

Overall rating:

3.5

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Features

Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.15%

Volatility:Low

Max. win:bet x 1000

Min. bet:C$0.1

Max. bet:C$100

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Reels:5

Rows:3

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Max. lines:20

Min. lines:20

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Languages

You can play Arcade Bombs in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese, Slovene, Korean, Japanese

Currencies

Arcade Bombs supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

Stats

Release date 11/2016
103rd newest on Red Tiger 1,427th newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.15% 0.29% > average
43rd highest on Red Tiger 994th highest on Bojoko
Win up to 1000 x your bet
100th highest on Red Tiger 1,270th highest on Bojoko
Paylines 20 0% < average
49th highest on Red Tiger 940th highest on Bojoko
Min bet C$0.1 per spin
The lowest on Red Tiger 480th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet C$100 per spin
8th highest on Red Tiger 642nd highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
2nd most rated on Red Tiger 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Trystan Michielsen

I've been playing videoslots for almost 10 years and been a professional reviewer for over 5. I look at slots not just as a writer but also as a player, hoping to help others find their perfect slot.

I also enjoy movies, books and travel so any slots with those topics usually have my preference. But in general I'll play everything!

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Game supplier:Red Tiger

Release date:11/2016

RTP (Return to player):96.15%

Max. win:bet x 1000

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3.5

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