I’m not entirely sure Ultimate Fire Link China Street by SG Digital is supposed to make me feel like I’m a member of the Triad, but either way … after playing this online slot game at Caesars online casino, I kind of feel a little Triad-y.
It’s got that Black Rain kind of feel, and yes, I know Black Rain dealt with the Yakuza, but I don’t have a rich history of Triad-related flicks in my memory bank, and this flick sticks out.
Let’s just say this game has, for whatever reason, put me in a place where I feel like a member of an organized crime family. In short: Leave the gun, take the egg rolls.
To be clear: This game is not supposed to do this. But the graphics show you a nightscape in what I think is supposed to be Hong Kong, and it’s raining, and the music has a definite late-’80s, synthy feel to it. You kind of half-expect Axel Foley to come around the next corner. You know the sound.
Well, we’ve covered Black Rain, The Godfather, Beverly Hills Cop, and my unstated, but very real quasi-desire to be a criminal, a cop, or both, and we’re nowhere closer to actually talking about Ultimate Fire Link China Street, which is an awesome slot made doubly awesome by the fact that you can rearrange the words in the title and it still makes as much sense as the title itself.
China Fire Ultimate Link Street!
Link Fire Ultimate Street China!
Street Link China Ultimate Fire!
On with the show, as it were …
All righty then, this is your standard 5×3 slot layout, paying left to right. What you want are the Chinese lanterns — they are the wilds. After that, in order of payouts, are the dumplings, tea kettle, fortune cookie, and A-9.
Yes, this slot, with the badass music and the rainy backdrop that put me in the mind of a Triad member is … based on Chinese food. Oh well.
If you get three “free spins” symbols — which look like those neon signs you see in Chinese restaurants in cities — you get free spins of your choice. You can choose as many as 20 free spins that will give you a random multiplier between 2x and 5x, or as few as five free spins and get a random multiplier between 10x and 25x (you can also choose 15, 10, or seven free spins with random multipliers to match).
Additionally, four or more fireballs triggers the Fire Link feature, where each fireball has a monetary value attached to it. You get three spins, and if you get another fireball, your spin counter resets to three. Keep spinning until you’re out of fireballs, collect your winnings.
The game has a relatively healthy 95.97 RTP, and … that’s about that.
Look and feel
Pretty much covered this already, but I’m telling you, if the game designers never saw Black Rain, I’d be shocked, stunned, and flabbergasted, in that order.
I won! Hit the Fire Link feature not once, but twice, so bully for me. To be clear — it happened twice within the first 20 spins. I spun another 100 times, and bupkis, so buyer beware.
But overall? I like this slot. I love the music, love the graphics, love the ease of play, love that you “only” need four fireballs to trigger the bonus feature, which makes each spin that much more exciting. And for as little as 20 cents a pop, what’s not to love?