The Flash Slot
The Flash is a 5-reel, fixed 50-pay line online slot from NextGen Gaming in collaboration with DC Comics. It's one of a trilogy of DC Comics superhero slots that the company released in the summer of 2016. The Flash has been the subject of a slot before – Cryptologic's The Flash Velocity – but this is a completely different game. His Flash-ness is perhaps not the most well-known super hero in the UK – Barry Allen was virtually orphaned at eleven when his father was blamed for his mother's death and imprisoned. Brilliant Baz grows up to be a whizzo scientist but gets into bother with a particle accelerator. Happily, he awakens from a coma to find he has super human speed, and becomes one of the good guys in the fight against evil. In 2014 The Flash became an extremely well-received TV series, and is set to become a big box-office blasting movie in 2018.
The symbols used in this game are based on the comic book rather than the TV series. The friendly Flash is joined on the reels by a handful of his enemies: Captain Cold (has the power to freeze stuff), Mirror Master (has the power to … er … use mirrors) and Gorilla Grodd (has the power to be a telepathic, hyper-intelligent … gorilla). Accelerated playing card symbols jack through to ace also make an appearance, as well as a handful of special symbols. There are fifty lines in this game, and that's a fixed number, so each spin cost fifty coins. You can choose your coin size from 0.01 to 2.00, so your bet-per-spin is fifty times your coin size. You can also for an additional ten coins activate the 'Bonus Bet' which unlocks additional features. When you're ready to flash, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest winning pay out possible is for three jacks or queens – this will win you five coins. The jackpot is won if you land five of The Flash on one of the pay lines – that will win you 10,000 times your line bet.
If you have the bonus bet activated you activate the 'Rogues' feature. If you land three or more bonus symbols you win twelve free games. You also get to choose from three available features:
- Captain Cold – when The Flash turns up, the evil Captain may freeze that reel into an expanding wild for a single re-spin
- Gorilla Grood – the Gorilla teleports a wild onto a random postion for each free spin
- Mirror Master – the king of the mirrors may take you back in time after any free spin, allowing you to replay the last four free games
The Flash is wild during all spins, and any win containing a wild is multiplied by three. If you have the bonus bet activated any win is multiplied by up to five, and up to ten during free spins. There's also the 'Speedster' feature where The Flash may appear and turn non-Wilds into wild symbols.
A flash with the word 'Scatter' beneath acts as the scatter symbol here. It pays out if you land at least two anywhere on the reels.
All wins may be gambled if you so wish. Just guess the suit (to quadruple your win) or the colour (to double it) of a concealed card. If you guess wrong then your win is confiscated. You may gamble up to five times in succession.
One thing we recommend about this game – you activate the bonus bet. Even though it will cost you an extra ten coins, it raises the RTP from around 92.5% to 95.5%. It also makes this slot more enjoyable to play, as you've more features to take an interest in. This game falls into the 'good but not great' category. The gameplay is largely fine, but we would have liked to have seen something a little different, graphically. A game that's more slap-dash than flash, then …