Yggdrasil and Bulletproof Games are working hard to create amazing gaming experiences in their latest release. Hardened steel.
The 5×3, 20 payline slot is set in a fearsome forge where a blacksmith is busy scooping profits for players brave enough to handle the heat of his workshop.
During the base game, the blacksmith acts as a wild card, while his tools can heat up at random points and fall into the barrel, causing steam to rise and a random modifier to appear. This will trigger either the Lock and Spin, Bonus Frenzy, or Forge Your Weapon features.
Lock and Spin will lock in any stacked Wilds and a respin will occur. If a reel remains unlocked, an additional spin is awarded.
The Bonus Frenzy feature adds more scatter symbols to the reels, increasing the chances of triggering the free spins. These will be set on fire as they pass the reels.
Forge Your Weapon has players smash through rocks three times to reveal a weapon that appears stacked on the reels.
Landing three or more bonus symbols on the reels will activate the free spins mode, where five forges will light up upon entering the mode. On each spin, one or more of these forges can be activated, adding a wild to the reel above.
Depending on how many scatters land, that many wilds will be added to the reels for the duration of the feature. Wilds move up one step in the bonus per spin, and once all forges are cleared and all wilds are pulled out of the reel, the round ends. At the end of the free spins there is a chance that the forges will be lit again and the bonus will continue.
In jurisdictions that allow it, players can also buy into the bonus for a price of 100x their stake.
Part of the YG Masters portfolio, Hardened steel is based on GATI, Yggdrasil’s state-of-the-art technology that enables partners to deploy the preconfigured, regulatory-ready, standardized development toolkit to consistently produce state-of-the-art content that is then rapidly distributed.
Stuart McCarthy, Head of Product & Programs at Yggdrasil, said: “Our collaboration with Bulletproof Games allows us to explore interesting themes and concepts, and nowhere is that more evident than in this Forge-inspired game Hardened steel.
“The YG Masters program continues to pave the way for boutique studios and innovative concepts, and we’re thrilled to make the latest Bulletproof release possible.”
Michael Bullock, Product Director at Bulletproof Games said: “Hardened steel is a fiery environment filled with stacked wilds, modifiers and more as we try to bring a unique product to market.
“With the potential for forging to revive the bonus, huge wins can be in store in the heat of the forge, and we’re excited to see how players will enjoy our product.”