Blazing Clusters Review

From Red Tiger

Blazing Clusters by Red Tiger is a colourful cluster-pays slot with cascading wins and a retro feel. This game is played on a 7x7 grid filled with classic fruit machine symbols including bells, diamonds, blazing 7s and fruits. The maths behind this one feels underwhelming with just a 1,201x top payout and 95.72% RTP. Key features are the Free Spins, Wild Rush with super-sized 2x2 and 3x3 wilds, and random Blazing Multiplier of up to 20x.

OUR RATING:

Score
7.0

Name:  Blazing Clusters

Developer:  Red Tiger

Paylines:  Cluster Pays

Reels:  7

Rows:  7

RTP:  95.72%

Variance:  Medium-High

Top Payout:  1,201x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  December 2021

Features:  Wilds, Super Wilds, Free Spins, Blazing Multipliers, Cluster Pays, Win Cascades

About This Slot

In the last decade online slots have moved on considerably, progress driven by innovative masters like Big Time Gaming and No Limit City who have mixed sophisticated gameplay and themes to devastating effect. Whilst these slots are terrific fun, sometimes we don’t want to spend our time spinning in a lunatic asylum, a jail in lockdown, or the pages of a mind-bending, psychedelic children’s story!  That’s where games like Blazing Clusters by Red Tiger come in, taking things back to a simpler time utilising classic video slot imagery and fairly basic gameplay.

This December 2021 release from Red Tiger has a bright and colourful appearance, combining a few familiar features that don’t tax the brain too much – Cluster Pays, Tumbling Reels and Wilds – with retro graphics and symbols. It all happens on a large, 7×7 gaming grid, which gives plenty of ways to score clusters and potentially multiple potential payouts from a single spin thanks to the cascade format. It’s an intriguing mixture of old and new (though more of the former) with a classic appearance and simple, modern features.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

The RTP of this slot is 95.72%, which is slightly below average, while the 10p minimum bet keeps it affordable for most pockets. This game has a medium to high volatility rating, meaning it’s quite a risky spinner but doesn’t go to extreme levels. You can expect a bumpy ride but it can still deliver fairly regular payouts to keep you going.

However, the big drawback of Blazing Clusters is the payout potential which is set at just 1,201x, which is very underwhelming. Most medium-high volatility games these days will offer at least 5,000x and a few even 20,000x and beyond. Getting anywhere near the 1,201x will require a good mix of the Wild Rush feature with high value Blazing Multipliers.

Symbols and Graphics

The old-skool symbols in Blazing Clusters are themed on fruit machines with cherries, plums, oranges, water melons and lemons on the reels, alongside gold bells, diamonds, silver horse shoes, blazing 7s and Wild symbols. You need to match 5 symbols in a Cluster, connected vertically or horizontally, to achieve a payout.

In terms of value, the fruits are at the bottom of the paytable with 2x of 4x wins for the biggest clusters. The diamonds, bells, horseshoes and 7s pay the higher rewards with 15x to 50x stake available for the larger Clusters of 30+ symbols.

There are also Blazing Multipliers that can impact the value of your wins, and Wilds that come in super-sizes of up to 3×3 to sub in for other icons to form winning clusters.

What We Like

  Classic fruit machine theme
  Wild Rush and Super-sized symbols
  Up To 20x Blazing Multipliers
  Tumbling Reels and Cluster Pays
  Big 7x7 grid

What We Don't Like

  Very low top payout
  Basic gameplay
  Low-paying regular symbols

Gameplay and Features

Red Tiger have opted to keep things simple here. This is a standard Cluster Pays game with a few wilds and multipliers thrown in. The best we can say is that its easy to follow! Here is how to trigger those win sequences.

  • Tumbling Reels – the classic Cluster Pays mechanic is in full affect – winning symbols are removed from the grid and new ones drop in to replace them. You can score more wins from one drop this way and it looks spectacular too!
  • Super Wilds – these are super-sized at 2×2 or 3×3 that appear at random on the grid.
  • Wild Rush – this random feature is the main event and an interesting way to bring wilds into the action. A Rainfall of wilds and Super Wilds drop in to kick standard symbols off the grid.
  • Free Spins – You can trigger 8 free spins by landing 3 or more scatters on one drop. Here, the Wild Rush feature is more frequent. Extra scatters during the bonus round each give you another free spin.
  • Blazing Multipliers – only available in the free spins rounds, these are key to securing big wins as they reach as high as 20x.

Our Verdict

So that is Blazing Clusters by Red Tiger – a slot that is ideal for players who enjoy old school fruit machine visuals and simple gameplay.

Whilst on first appearance it does have an attractive retro feel, there are aspects of the game that we felt made it feel underwhelming. Although Red Tiger use a large 7×7 grid with Tumbling Reels and Cluster Pays mechanic, the during play the gaming felt somewhat slow and uneventful due to the lack of special features. It also relies heavily on the Wild Rush feature and you certainly need those Multipliers because the regular pays are on the low side. Even with the biggest Clusters you can still only achieve paltry returns without the Multipliers. Furthermore, the top prize of 1,201x stake whilst reasonable doesn’t come close to competitive slots, and of course is very hard to achieve.

In summary, retro fans will love the classic appearance, ambient music and simple gameplay, but if it’s stronger bonus features and higher potential payouts in a grid slot you’re after, Relax Gaming’s Cluster Tumble or Play n Go’s Reactoonz 2 offer a more compelling experience.