Blown Away is a pretty new addition to the ever growing collection of games by Lightning Box. As the title of the game already had explained, you should get ready to be blown away! This slot is after-all based on a massive storm complete with tornados spinning around. You can picture a kind of Gilligan's Island, but instead of people, there are a bunch of animals who have gotten stranded on this island after the storm. A pretty weird and unusual theme if you ask us!
The reel set, however, has been kept pretty basic with the usual 5 reels and 3 rows along with 25 fixed pay lines. You will be able to adjust your bets by using the + and – buttons to the right of the reel set. The total bet starts at 0.25 and can be increased up to a maximum of 200 per spin. You will be getting wins for 2 or more symbols of a kind on a pay line, with the maximum possible win being a slightly disappointing 900x your total bet.
Blown Away comes with an RTP of 95.7% and is of medium volatility. You can expect to see a couple of different special features throughout the game, including wilds, scatters, free spins, re-spins and more.
Where to play
As already mentioned above, there seem to be quite some things going on in Blown Away. With both scatters and wilds in place as well a re-spin feature and a free spins feature.
Wilds and Scatters
There are in fact not just one, but two different wild symbols in this slot. One wild showing a walrus will be able to substitute all other symbols in the game, with the exception of the other wild and the scatter. The tornado wild symbol will also be able to substitute for all other standard symbols of the game, but this is also the symbol that will trigger the Tornado re-spin feature.
The scatter symbol of the game can only appear during the main game. When landing on the reels it will trigger the free spins game if 3 or more scatter symbols land on the reels at the same time.
When you manage to land the Tornado wild symbol on reel 5, this will activate the Tornado re-spin feature. At the same time as triggering the re-spin feature, the wild symbol will also remove the lowest paying royal symbol from the reels, which of course will start with the symbol “9”. After this happens, the re-spin will take place.
If you then land yet another Tornado wild symbol on reel 5, the entire process will be repeated. This time the symbol “10” will be removed followed by a re-spin. This can keep on happening, getting both the J, Q, K and the A symbols removed from the reels as long as you keep landing new Tornado wilds on the reels.
Free Games Feature
Should you manage to land 3 or more scatter symbols during the main game, you will trigger the Free Games feature, which of course involves free spins! Depending on how many of the scatter symbols you manage to land on the reels, you will receive an award worth 5x, 25x or 150x your total stake for 3, 4 or 5 symbols. At the same time of triggering the feature, you will be rewarded with 10 free spins
During this feature, your goal will be to collect as many cows as possible in order to multiply your wins. In other words, you will be seeing cows lifted up into the air by a tornado. Luckily, no animals were hurt in the making of this slot.
If you land a Tornado wild symbol on reel 5 during the Free Games feature, and a cow gets blown off the reels, you will increase the multiplier meter by x1. You will also receive another re-spin. Should you be even luckier and see 7 cows being swept off the ground, you will have your multiplier increased by x7.
Design and Symbols
With a title like Blown Away, it could mean all sorts of things. But a bunch of animals on a deserted tropical island is not one of the things we had in mind. In the background of the reel set, you will be seeing blue skies, greenery, palm trees and the shoreline. Which of course means the whole slot is taking place after the storm has calmed down. The reels themselves have been framed by a couple of bamboo canes, perfect for that exotic touch.
On the 5 reels of the game, you will see a couple of different symbols. The low-value symbols are of course the classic royals including 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. All created in different colours with waves splashing up against them. In addition to these, there are 4 different high-value symbols, all represented by different animals. A couple of penguins, a seagull, a lizard wearing glasses and finally a monkey wearing a hat, with the monkey giving you 10x your total stake for 5 of a kind.
Finally, you have the special symbols, which there are 3 of. One of the wild symbols is represented by a walrus while the second wild symbol is represented by a tornado. Both of them have the ability to substitute all other symbols except for special symbols, while the tornado wild also is the symbol that triggers the Tornado Re-spin feature. In addition to these, there is a scatter symbol represented by a boat, this can only appear during the main game and will trigger the free games feature when 3 or more land on the reels.
Our Thoughts On Blown Away
We found ourselves somewhat stuck in the middle on this slot. While we aren't to impressed with the visuals of the game, we can't help but like the special features of the game and the overall quirky theme that Lightning Box has gone for. After all, we can't really remember seeing too many other slots with a tornado/deserted island/stranded animals theme going on.
With the volatility of the game set at a medium range and the RTP at 95.07%, the game will still be able to deliver somewhat decent maximum payouts of 900x your total bet. This could be better of course and we suspect that there will be quite a number of players out there steering clear of Blown Away because of this low number. Having said that, Lightning Box definitely have other slots with a much higher win potential to choose from, should that be what you're looking for.