777 Strike: Slot Overview
Developer Red Tiger rewinds the clock a few years for 777 Strike, a classically styled game full of fruit, lucky sevens, and old-school feels. If that sounds appealing, you may well feel like you’re in ‘7th heaven’, as Red Tiger puts it. If not, then 777 Strike comes across like a hundred other games out there. However, its main attraction, a three-level bonus round, progressing from free spins to Wins Spins to Wild Spins, is a neat inclusion. Making it all the way means decent wins may well be coming your way, though 777 Strike doesn’t exactly serve up life-changing sums of cash.
Red Tiger has officially classed 777 Strike as an ‘Arcade’ themed game, and it definitely has that ring to it. Its 5-reel, 3-row game grid uses white-backed tiles common in the gambling days of yore, while a mini table sits above it displaying a list of symbols and their values. A green wall sparkles in the background, patterned with crowns which are a common motif, popping up regularly in other places as well. A rhythmical track completes a scene sure to sharply divide players between those keen for a spin and others hard passing in about seven nanoseconds.
Any device is suitable if you’re up for some arcade-themed action, where bets from 20 p/c to £/€40 may be set. Red Tiger has rated volatility as 4 out of 5, and the game could pop nicely during its bonus game. For a lot of the time, though, there really isn’t much going on as the base game is entirely feature-free. However, line wins keep you relatively busy. The hit rate has been rated as 3 out of 5, and wins did seem to hit frequently during the review. Overall, 777 Strike offers a default theoretical return rate of 95.8%, though this number could be lower depending on where you play.
Wins arise when three to five matching symbols land across 10 paylines, starting from the first reel onwards. All symbols can be found in countless classic slots, and most have a little crown icon imprinted on them to emphasise the fact. The paytable starts with J-A royals, followed by cherries, lemons, blue sevens, green sevens, and red sevens. Sevens are the higher value lot, paying out prizes worth 35 to 77 times the stake for a combo made up of five symbols. Wild symbols have the same value as the red sevens but pay for lines of five of a kind only. Otherwise, they are most often replacing regular pay symbols to complete winning combinations.
777 Strike: Slot Features
777 Strike’s central feature is a bonus round of free spins, triggered when 3 scatter symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5. When triggered, 7 free spins are awarded, which begin with extra wild symbols being added to the reels. On the final spin, there is a chance of moving up to the next level of the bonus round if 3 Win Spins symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5. If they do, +7 Win Spins are awarded.
As the name suggests, every Win Spin is guaranteed to link up symbols to pay out something. This round also guarantees a win on every spin, plus any wilds lock in place during the remainder of the feature. The fun ends there as Wild Spins cannot be retriggered.
777 Strike: Slot Verdict
Having so many sevens in the title is a giveaway as to what is likely to follow, and 777 Strike doesn’t disappoint in that regard. As well as a stack of lucky sevens gracing the reels, 777 Strike offers basic gaming that requires nothing more demanding than hit the play button, and hope those free spin bonus symbols hit. In the meantime, there is nothing else to do than wait patiently. Patience is required, too, because the bonus round can take its sweet time to finally trigger. It’s no surprise you have to work for free spins since this is where the vast majority of the thrills take place.
It took a significant number of base game spins in testing, with the balance teetering on the brink of decimation before three scatters finally appeared. Fortunately, the following bonus round put us comfortably back in the black. That result was accomplished by reaching as far as Win Spins, which are always fun in any game, though we just missed out on making it all the way to Wild Spins. During the base game, payouts of over 777x the bet are touted, but this is selling itself short. 777 Strike actually has a max win figure of 2,830 times the bet, which isn’t astonishing, yet it feels the right match with everything else it’s got going on.
If you can make it to Win Spins or beyond, then 777 Strike can be quite fun. Other than that, the game gets repetitive real fast and just looks plain old-fashioned. Admirers of retrograde gaming might find a few things to commend, but others will struggle to find many reasons to play.