The first thing that comes to mind when hearing about a tornado is ‘destruction’. However, when it comes to the online slots gaming world, there’s only one thing that a storm is bringing – winnings! Blown Away online slot is a brand new game from Lightning Box studios, and while the theme is a tad gusty, it’s blowing in countless winning opportunities through a selection of bonus features such as free spins and respins. There’s been plenty of impressive titles so far in 2020, but how does this new spinner with its twister theme measure up to the other games we’ve seen so far this year?
You’ll be getting carried away on five reels and 25 paylines, which isn’t quite as flashy as some statistics we’ve seen lately, but this paytable is a formula that still sees players handsomely compensated. This all happens in a game that centres around a tornado that poses a persistent threat to a very random selection of animals, with a small percentage probably being found in the Midwest where tornados are most prominent. There’s quite a mix-match of scenery – tropics, monkeys, beavers, boats etc. It’s quite hard to make out, but we’ll go with it regardless. One thing is for sure. You’ll be able to carry out your gaming session on either desktop, mobile or tablet, with iOS and Android accommodating your gambling exploits.
The high-rollers will enjoy the thrills of being able to wager a maximum of £200. This isn’t the highest we’ve ever seen a studio set a maximum bet, but most of the readers will still wonder which players will have the minerals to drop £200 of any given spin. Therefore, the betting limits start at a very manageable 25p per spin. We don’t recommend wagering here all day, but rather to use it as a place to start, build some confidence and go after the more significant returns. Lightning Box has set the volatility at medium, which means that wins will regularly drop, thus allowing you to take a few risks where necessary.
This is where we’re a little confused by the theme of the game. This is mainly down to what we think has to be the most random selection of symbols ever seen. And we’re not too sure what some of them have to do with tornadoes – or anything for that matter. Oh well, we’ll always need a little obscurity in life. The lower value icons are playing card numbers and royals that is relatively standard. There’s 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. The higher value icons are a selection of animals that might serve as a team of tornado hunters, or just perhaps confused livestock. There are 2 penguins, a seagull, a dinosaur and a monkey.
There are a wild symbol and a scatter symbol in Blown Away online slot. The wild is a walrus dressed in a captain’s outfit and will substitute all regular symbols to create a winning payline. The scatter icon is a yacht and opens some bonus doors. There’s also a tornado icon, which we’ll explain in a second.
Bonuses and Jackpots
The core attraction in Blown Away online slot is the free spins feature. In order to trigger this bonus, you’ll need to land three or more of the yacht icons anywhere on the reels on the same spin. For landing this combination of symbols you’ll receive ten free spins. During the game, you’ll be able to collect cows, and if you have enough during the free spins wins can be multiplied up to 7x.
There is also a respins feature in Blown Away. Should you land a tornado icon on any spin in the base game, you’ll have triggered a respin. Any tornado symbol after that will give you another respin. The twister icon comes in handy during the free spins, in that it removes the lowest valued icons.
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This is a bit of a random online slot, but we’re content with the bonus features at play here. The free spins are always going to be an area where you have the chance to rake in some easy cash, while the respins are a great opportunity also to bring in some low-hanging fruit. The theme isn’t the most well-executed we’ve seen, but if you’re winning attractive payouts then nobody will care whether a walrus or an armadillo was used as a symbol.