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|6.||Maximum jackpot in coins||5000|
|10.||Betting range||from $0.5 up to $5000|
|11.||Coin Bet Range||from $0.01 up to $10|
|12.||Coins per line||10|
Habanero Systems has a lot of games based on a variety of themes, and Bombs Away is a good example of them building a very in-depth and exciting game based around a war theme. The particular type of war theme we're looking at looks like something out of the World War II era, but there's no specific reference to the exact time period in the game. With a progressive jackpot, aggressive features with lots of chances for extra wilds and impressive graphics and sound, this is a game that has a pretty fast pace and a moderate hit-rate.
Basic Game Layout
For this online slot, you're getting a set of 50 paylines that pay left to right only spread across five reels and three rows. Coins start at $0.01 and go up to $10 apiece, and you can bet as many as 10 coins on each payline, so there's a very wide and flexible betting range. If you can afford $0.50 per spin, then you can afford the minimum bet size per turn on this fixed-payline game. There's also an autoplay option with a lot of ways to configure the details of the experience, so you can enjoy the action without having to continuously hit the play button, which is a big convenience.
The Progressive Jackpot
Right off the bat, one of the things that many players notice first in this game is the progressive jackpot. It's not going to win a prize as being one of the largest progressives in the industry, but because it's paid at random and doesn't require a certain arrangement of symbols to trigger it, it hits more often than the larger ones do. Something to note is that your chances of hitting the progressive are directly proportional to the total size of your bet per spin (not your coin size, as some mistakenly believe), so players at both high stakes and penny stakes will get their fair chance of winning.
The main symbol in the game is the wild. Five of a kind gives you a 500x win, the biggest regular win in the game other than the scatter wins, and there are no special wins for just three or four wilds. You can also earn 200x for five of the tank or bomber plane. Wins of 75x are given for five of a kind in four different symbols: the soldier, the jeep, the grenade and the backpack. For the minor symbols of A, K, Q, J and 10, you're getting wins of 50x for five of a kind for all of them.
Also of interest is the payout set from the scatters. Scatter wins are multiplied by your entire bet size, so the 50x payout you get for five of the Bombs Away scatter symbol is like a 2,500x regular line bet prize, making it the single largest win available in the game. Four will get you a 10x win, which is like a 500x payout in the regular game, and ties for second. Three scatters earns a 3x payout, which is like a 150x win from a line bet prize.
Exploding Wild Symbols
One of the main features for this game is the exploding wild symbol. When you get a bomb, which can appear on any of the five reels, it explodes to turn into a wild symbol. However, the symbols all around it, one square in each direction (including diagonally), also get a chance to explode and turn into wilds. This means you'll get a cluster of wilds each time, and that makes it a lot easier to run up multi-line wins and big payouts. It also creates a situation where you'll get two or three wilds on the same payline relatively often, which makes it a lot easier to hit the biggest wins in the game.
Free Spins Bonus Round
As if that wasn't enough value, you can earn a set of 10 free turns when you get three or more of the scattered Bombs Away symbol. The way these free spins work is that the reels will spin automatically to take you through each of your free turns, but you'll randomly get an airplane that flies overhead to drop extra bombs on the reels that turn into additional wilds. This adds even more value to the bonus feature and to the game, and makes it even easier to hit the biggest line bet payouts.
Bombs Away has somewhat atypical gameplay because of the fairly balanced pay table and the exploding wilds feature. Overall, this is a good game for people who are history buffs or who like war games, but it's also a great choice for players who just like atypical features and gameplay in online slots in general.