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About This Slot
Fire in the Hole by Nolimit City invites players underground into an old mine shaft. The reels are surrounded by wooden beams with lanterns lighting the way. This slot is intriguing with its strange theme and quirky sound effects, which include the sound of pick axes striking home on every spin. You’ll find a 6×3 grid to start with and empty rows beneath, but the Collapsing Reels feature allows the reels to expand to give up to 6 rows and potentially 46,656 ways to win.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
The RTP of 96.06% is average, as is the 20p minimum bet. However, this is an extremely volatile slot and gives a risky ride with huge dips and peaks in payouts. If you can stand the heat of the mine, this could reward you with enormous wins of up to a staggering 60,000x stake. Lower rollers need to take care though because there are long spells with few payouts at all. The massive volatility makes this ideal for those who love risks in their gameplay but it’s not suitable for cautious players or those with a smaller bankroll.
Symbols and Graphics
The symbols in Fire in the Hole include mining boots, a pick axe, satchel, lantern, rope, dynamite detonator and gold nugget. The best-paying regular symbol is the lantern, which awards 7.5x stake for 5 matches, while the pick axe awards the lowest of the premium symbols with 1.75x stake for 5 matches.
The detonator or XBomb symbol is the Wild and this can substitute to create more potential wins, while also triggering an exploding feature with Multiplier. The top win in the game is a spectacular 60,000x stake, which could arrive during the Lucky Wagon Spins feature.
What We Like
Interesting theme with quirky characters
Expanding win ways (486 up to 46,656)
60, 000x stake jackpot
Free Spins with Enhancers
What We Don't Like
Extreme volatility is too risky for lo
Gameplay and Features
Winning symbols disappear on each spin to be replaced with new symbols and more potential wins. The game starts with 3 rows of symbols but this can expand to 4, 5 and 6 rows when you trigger the Collapsing Reels feature, which takes the win ways from 486 up to a max of 46,656 ways to win.
The XBomb symbol, which is the dynamite detonator Wild symbol, can substitute for the other symbols to create more winning combinations. xBomb symbols can detonate to destroy adjacent regular-paying symbols and add a 1x Multiplier.
Wild Mining Feature
Landing 3, 4 or 5 of the same symbols on a line with no payout will trigger the Wild Mining Feature. The triggering symbols disappear to be replaced with Wilds and another collapse is activated.
Lucky Wagon Spins
If you land 3, 4 or 5 gold nugget Scatters, you’ll begin the Lucky Wagon Spins round. This is played on a new screen with 2, 3 or 4 starting rows respectively. You get 6 Free Spins with Enhancers on every spin, which can be:
- Coin values ranging from 1 to 100
- Multiplier added to all coins
- Dynamite symbols, which add a coin value and unblock any blocked rows
- Bag symbols, which collect coins and place them on the triggering coin
- Chest symbols, which collect values on the reel and clears occupied positions
- Miner symbols, which collect values on the reel and place them on the triggering coin
Fire in the Hole brings the old mine theme to life, adding a touch of quirkiness and excitement to this dark underground world. It’s an interesting game with lots of special features, which seem super confusing but thankfully become clearer during the gameplay! We like the Collapsing Reels and the expanding win ways, but unless you strike it lucky with the features, payouts are thin on the ground. This is classed as extremely volatile and it’s not one for low rollers, but if you can stomach the long dry spells the top prize of 60,000x stake could be worth the wait. For fans of extreme volatility, Nolimit City’s other slots are worth a look – the prison-themed San Quentin and the hip-hop inspired East Coast vs West Coast both offer quirky adventures with great jackpots. If you fancy going underground though, grab your pick axe for Fire in the Hole.
Catherine is an online gaming copywriter with a decade of experience working for top brands such as Betsson, Gala, Bgo and Mr Green. As a former croupier for Genting, she loves exploring gaming strategies that help players beat the house! When she’s not playing casino games, Catherine enjoys writing for her own language learning and fitness websites.