Blast! Boom! Bang! Slot Review
When I was young…(that sounds like the beginning of a Monty Python skit). Anyway, when I was young, my folks were very careful about what type of media I was allowed to read or watch. Not in a controlling way, but it was instead a form of shielding me from the world. My Dad used to say “You've got your whole life to be miserable – so enjoy your childhood.” And boy was he right! The stuff I read or watched was all very clean cut. For the most part, it was before dark and broody was the fashion. There were no anti-heroes or grey areas – there was just good or bad and right or wrong. My younger brother and I used to wear makeshift costumes and parade around our small town. I'll never forget, the one time I convinced him to climb our neighbor's roof in superhero attire and shout out some silly war-cry. That was a great summer – Jimmy spend the rest of it in traction, but I had a wonderful time!
What am I writing this all for? Well, a bit of self-therapy, a semi-apology to my brother, but mainly because I gotta do a review on a video slot by Endorphina called “Blast! Boom! Bang!” (For the rest of the review I'm going to leave out the exclamation points in the title – it gets a little tiring) Its got a comic book superhero theme and while being fresh, it still manages to have a retro feel. Blast Boom Bang works on all platforms, but truly shines with a touchscreen. It feels like you're plunging headfirst into an old school comic book and right from the start it's clear that this game was inspired by a deep love of the genre. I wasn't at the office, so I could tuck my blanket under my collar as a cape without fearing ridicule. Now I was ready for action…
Blast Boom Bang is a 5 reel and 50 payline slot. So, what we're dealing with here is a very low level of volatility which should appeal to the slow and steady players among us (me included). The symbols are:
Non-tormented good-looking superhero in a mask.
Even better looking blonde female sidekick also in a mask.
Semi-good looking supervillain with a robotic eye.
Really cool motorbike.
A punching fist.
A scene where the hero is looking at his fist and the villain seems to be alarmed and thinking “Oh no, he knows how to close his hand and make a fist! I never planned for that!”
9 to Ace card icons.
The bomb is the wild and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter. What's the scatter you ask – well its the “Oh no he's got a fist” scene.
The control panel is supremely elegant. Midway up the reels on the left are your Game Settings which alternate with the 'Take Risk' feature (hold your horses, I'll explain that a bit later). Across the way on the right is the Spin button. On a touch screen the spin can be used as an Autoplay by dragging it a bit to the left and as a Turbospin by continuing a bit further. Along the bottom are: Bet, Lines, Total Bet, Last Win, Coin Value and Total Credits displays. Uniquely enough there is a setting for left-handed players which swaps around the controls. How thoughtful – no longer are the lefties left out.
After each winning spin in regular play, a Take Risk option is offered. You get a chance to double your profits, provided you choose a card higher than the dealers. The scatters only appear on reels 1-3, and if you're lucky enough to get 3 of them, 10 free spins are activated.
In Free Spins any wild that lands becomes a sticky wild and remains there until the end of Free Spins!
Blast Boom Bang is the first slot I've reviewed that I genuinely believe is better when played on a tablet or phone. Don't get me wrong, it's great on a P.C, but it's just astounding with a touchscreen. Performance wise I expected some issues just because of how technologically advanced this slot is, but it worked brilliantly. The graphics and animation are stylized and superb. The music and sound effects add a certain melodrama to the action which is effective.
“Holy smokes! To the tablet! It's time to play Blast Boom Bang!” That's the degree of enthusiasm I get when I think of this slot. Design-wise it's original, and feature-wise the sticky wilds are a real treat. Blast Boom Bang is what games should be these days but seldom are – truly creative.