The Romance of Fire & Rain 2 Slot Machine
There are a lot of Asian slots in the Aristocrat back catalog, including iconic titles such as 50 Dragons and Choy Sun Doa. A Romance of Fire and Rain 2 slot machine is a sequel to a popular Asian-themed slot which did things differently to most of the games. What stays from the original is the innovative double set of reels, with matching symbols on both sets becoming wild. The mega-symbols, jade stones and potential for one of 4 jackpots also comes over from the original game.
A Romance of Fire and Rain 2 adds a giant spinning wheel, and adds a lot more lines to the base game too. As you might expect from the latest Aristocrat releases, the graphics, sound and game-play is top quality too.
A Romance of Fire and Rain 2 – How to Win in the Base Game
Instead of playing this game on a 4 row by 5-reel grid like with most standard slots, the playing grid is 12 rows of symbols tall – and has 2 rows of 5 reels. Essentially, this is 6 separate 4 by 5 reel blocks, 3 on the left-hand side representing fire and 3 on the right representing rain.
The romance element is highlighted by having a lady as the top symbol on the red and orange colored ‘fire’ side and a guy as the top symbol on the blue shaded right. Most of the symbols are shared between the two sets of reels. These include the classic Asian symbols like the golden carp, along with playing card symbols which have been given a design overhaul to fit the theme.
With so many lines in play, the individual line wins are on the smaller side. What you are hoping for in Fire & Rain 2 slot machine is to get big blocks of the same symbol over multiple reels. This can trigger 100’s of line wins at once on occasion – which is where the biggest prizes (other than the jackpots) will come from.
Occasionally, you will see super-symbols appear. These are 3×3 regular symbols in size, and represent the 2 lovers. When you combine these with the regular male and female symbols, or match them on either side of the reels, then there is the potential for big wins.
Matching Symbols Turn Wild
There are no wilds on the reels as they spin, instead you create wild symbols. This happens when symbols match in the same position between the left and right hand side reels. Any symbol can do this. You’ll first see the left-hand symbols turn wild, with a glowing effect seeing that wild move into the same position on the right. If you are lucky enough to get big blocks of stacked symbols in the same position, you can find both sides of the reels covered in a lot of wilds.
Super symbols matching on both sides of the reels is an ideal situation. These can turn the middle 3 reels wild, creating a lot of winning combinations.
Jade Stones Game and Bonus Feature
Some of the symbols have small green gems with them. The center area between the reels contains dots, which are filled in each spin depending on how many jades you collect. If you hit 5 or more, you will trigger the smallest jackpot, and a multiplier on any wins. If you fill the entire middle section on a single spin, you will win the major jackpot.
The bonus game is triggered by 3 of the special lantern symbols anywhere in view. There is a new part to this bonus, which used to be simply 15 free spins. Now you get to spin a wheel, which can get you one of the jackpots, or a combination of a jackpot and free spins or credit wins. This wheel will be familiar to fans of Aristocrat slots (in design, if not the content).
There are 4 possible jackpots, the mini, minor, major or grand. You can also win up to 30 free spins (along with one of the smaller jackpot prizes). The free spins are the same as the base game, and run through fairly quickly, with some more lively music alongside.
A Romance of Fire and Rain – Design and Setup
Aristocrat really have set the standard for graphics and animations with their latest releases, and this slot is no exception. The background shows a stone window frame with beautiful golden dragons curled around on either side. The lady (from the fire side) is the main graphic above the reels, you will see a full-length image of her when the symbols appear stacked on the left-hand set of reels. The open-shirted hero appears on the symbols to the left.
With smooth animations and a classic light traditional Asian tune playing in the background, this slot stands out from many of the ‘regular’ Asian titles on the casino floor. With the chance of a big jackpot, and huge multi-line wins thanks to the moving wilds feature, this title is an incremental improvement on the already popular original Fire and Rain game.