On the face of it, the Hi-Volatility edition of WMS’ Aftershock Frenzy looks just like any other retro slot machine – but when the reels start randomly rumbling after a spin, players will know that they’re in for an altogether more thrilling ride. Nominally a three-reel, five-payline classic slot, Aftershock Frenzy Hi-Volatility has the potential to send shockwaves through your bankroll – both in a positive and negative sense – thanks to its high-risk, high-reward payout structure. The game is also available in a normal volatility edition for those who can’t stand the increased variance, but it is in this version where the biggest wins are on offer.
Aftershock Frenzy Hi-Volatility features a classic slot machine design with BAR logos, lucky sevens and wild icons featuring on its retro-themed reels. Double Aftershock Frenzy logos also appear on reels one and three, with these being replaced by Triple Aftershock Frenzy logos whenever WMS’ “Big Bet” mode is enabled for increased wins. Tremors will pass through the reels at the end of random spins to award guaranteed winning respins, with a futuristic soundtrack also helping the game to stand out from the standard retro slot machine fare.
While players’ base game winnings can be boosted in Aftershock Frenzy Hi-Volatility thanks to the presence of regular wilds and Aftershock wilds which double or triple the value of any paylines that they feature in, the real meat of the game comes in the form of the Aftershock Frenzy bonus. Randomly triggered at the end of any regular or “Big Bet” spin, this feature sees players receive up to seven free respins, each of which will award a guaranteed payout. What’s more, any Double or Triple Aftershock Frenzy logos that appear on the reels will be nudged onto the central payline and remain there for the duration of the Aftershock Frenzy bonus to generate even bigger payouts.
For all its bonus features, Aftershock Frenzy Hi-Volatility is a relatively simple game to play. As the five paylines are fixed, players need only use the plus and minus arrows to choose their bet per line amount, with wagers of £0.05-£20.00 initially making the game playable from £0.25-£100.00 per spin. The “Big Bet” button, meanwhile, will launch a pop-up menu where players can purchase five linked spins on an increasingly valuable set of reels for a fixed wager of £10.00-£50.00.
While it may look like a retro slot machine, Aftershock Frenzy Hi-Volatility certainly doesn’t play like one thanks to the presence of multiplier wilds and an awesome respin feature. With players able to get their hands on up to seven respins that award guaranteed wins and nudging wilds, this feature is capable of awarding some truly shocking payouts, but the fact that it doesn’t come around all that often is what makes the slot a high variance title that is not recommended for the faint of heart.
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