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The Cherry Blast slot game can be found at casinos offering Iron Dog software. Iron Dog are one of the smaller software providers currently on the market, but the appear to be a subsidiary of the far larger and better established 1x2Gaming. They do not offer a full casino platform, but primarily seem to be used as a bolt on package for extra slots games. Iron Dog do publish the Return to Player (RTP)/House Edge information for their slots games within the game paytable. As such we know that the house edge for Cherry Blast is 4%.
Cherry Blast consists of 5 reels, 3 symbols high, with 20 different paylines, playing from left to right.
Gold Cherries – The most valuable symbol in the game is the “Gold Cherries” symbol. 2 “Gold Cherries” in a winning combination will multiply the bet by 10, 3 will multiply the bet by 50, 4 by 200 and 5 “Gold Cherries” symbols will multiply the bet by 1000.
Wild – The Wild symbol is a gold crown with a red ribbon and “Wild” written on it. The Wild symbols substitutes for all symbols other than Scatters, Free Spins and Bonus symbols.
Scatter – The Scatter symbol is a gold crown with a green ribbon and “Scatter” written on it. 3 Scatter symbols will pay out 80 coins.
Free Spins – The Free Spins symbol is a pink and gold “Star”.
Bonus – The Bonus symbol is an “Pixelated Cherry”.
Bombs – Bombs can randomly appear on the central position on the reels and will blow up existing symbols at random, replacing them with 3 Scatters, 3 Free Spin symbols, 3 Bonus symbols or 5 Wild symbols.
Free Spins – To activate the Free Spins feature you need to land 3 of the pink and gold “Star” symbols. When this happens you will be awarded 9 free spins and 100 coins. During the Free Spins, the Super Wild and Super Scatter symbols become active. “Super Wild” symbols have the potential to fill reels 2,3 and 4. Super Scatters have an increased coin payout, with the potential for up to 9 appearing on reels 2,3 and 4:
2 Super Scatters = 50 coins
3 Super Scatters = 100 coins
4 Super Scatters = 150 coins
5 Super Scatters = 200 coins
6 Super Scatters = 300 coins
7 Super Scatters = 500 coins
8 Super Scatters = 800 coins
9 Super Scatters = 2000 coins
To reveal “Super Scatter” and “Super Wild” symbols up to 2 “Cherry Bombs” can appear on reels 2,3 and 4. They will then blow up existing symbols and replace them with either “Super Scatter” or “Super Wild” symbols.
Bonus – To activate the Bonus feature you need to reveal 3 “Pixilated Cherry” symbols in the central reels after a bomb has exploded. You then have to play a form of “Pac Man”, where you have to choose a route for your cherry to take, out of a possible 5. The higher the number, the higher the risk but also the higher the potential reward. Each yellow dot that your cherry eats is a x1 multiplier, whilst the purple squares offer higher rewards, or can end the game. Route 5 has the most purple squares and route 1 has the least.
Cherry Blast is a rare offering from Iron Dog, in that it offers Free Spins, Wilds, Scatter and a Bonus Game, meaning that pretty much every feature box is ticked here. The game looks OK and does a pretty good job with what is a very limited theme. The way the bonuses are triggered is a little unconventional, making the game feel more random than other slots games. The bonus feature looks very simplistic but does offer a higher degree of immersive game play than many of Iron Dog’s other games. The Free Spins are vital if you want some of the other features to take place, as without them the Cherry Bomb symbol remains inactive. The house edge is pretty standard of Iron Dog, sitting at just above what we considered to be the average, meaning that this game offers a degree of value for money and also a degree of varied game play. So whilst the theme is a little on the bland side there are quite a few other elements to keep slots gamers engaged here.