This title has a punchy feature selection with plenty of potential spread throughout the gameplay
An indicator, called the Fire Trail, to the left of the reels displayed the high-value symbols and the wild in ascending order with increasing multiplier values attached to them The cougar, bison, bear, eagle, and wild held multipliers worth 25x, 40x, 100x, 250x, and 500x, respectively. Randomly during the base game, it activated and a random symbol from the trail was placed on reels 1 and 2 while the last 3 reels merged into 1, allowing giant 3x3 premium symbols and wilds to appear. This created amazing winning chances and potential, particularly if the wild was selected.
While fire spins were active, a special 3x3 jackpot wheel symbol landed and I was given 1 spin on a colourful segmented bonus wheel for 1 of 4 guaranteed fixed jackpot prizes. The Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega jackpots paid 20x, 75x, 1000x, and 25 000x my bet, respectively.
When I got 3 scatters on the same spin, the free spins bonus round activated and I had 3 options to pick from.
The Cougar awarded me up to 12 free spins with the big cat stacked on the first 2 reels. The bison gave me up to 10 free spins with the same animal stacked on the first 2 reels, and the Bear offered up to 8 free spins and placed stacks of the giant animal on reels 1 and 2.
The fire trail symbols remained locked on the first 2 reels for the duration of the feature and reels 3, 4, and 5 were merged for the whole run. A special level up talon symbol would upgrade the fire trail symbol to the next level if it landed in full view and if I managed to reach the wild, it added 4 extra free spins each time.
25,000 Talons slot left me in two minds because I loved the features but the theme didn’t quite drive me wild. The game’s theme is well executed with lifelike animal portraits and a beautiful background, however, this is a theme that we are all familiar with and this title does little to visually differentiate itself from similarly adorned slots.
The features offer great potential continuously, particularly the Fire Trail that gave me several lucrative base game runs and helped me unlock the jackpot wheel along with the game’s maximum prize of $500 000. I didn’t dislike this game, in fact, if the features were integrated into a more exciting visual package, I would have outright enjoyed it. That isn’t to say that fans of this slot genre won’t have a good time, because the winning chances are frequent and rewarding.