Any long-term reader of our reviews will tell you that our criteria for slots using physical machine layouts is strict. If you’re making us forgo modern graphics in favour of a nostalgia appeal, you’d best make it a good one! This game perfectly blended modern and old to win us over. It preserved the simple gameplay and sparse special features, while adding something new to the mix. Important things like 243 ways to win, and an RTP that doesn’t suck!
Burning Desire’s RTP is 96.19%, which is above the current industry average. There’s not much to discuss about the special features – they’re very rudimentary. There’s a free spins round where all wins are tripled, and a gamble bonus where you can improve your win. The special feature is quite simple: simply letting you pick red and black. Microgaming’s release has a top prize worth 18,000x, which you can only win through the free spins special feature.
Graphics have been somewhat outdated with the passage of time. This is to be expected: this slot did come out in 2009, after all. Oddly enough, it actually works in the game’s favour, as it adds a flavour of authenticity to the ‘physical machine’. Burning Desire’s gameplay is a little too basic for our liking. Something the developer makes up for by giving you awesome wins!
Symbol designs offer a mixture of playing card royals and some traditional gambling icons. The flaming rose is probably the only exception to this. Everything else, you’ve probably seen in other games: Bars, lucky sevens, golden bells and diamonds! To be fair on Microgaming’s artists, all of these symbols do have a scorching hot design, which fits the title.
Free Spins: Collect three, four or five Scatters in any position to win fifteen free spins. All wins you collect while this bonus is active will be increase by a 3x multiplier! This allows for a solid 6000x jackpot to become the insane 18,000x top prize Burning Desire openly boasts about. The best part of free spins is that they can be retriggered.
Gamble: After earning a win, gamblers have a choice whether to collect it, or gamble it. If you choose to gamble, you are taken to a different screen. Here, Microgaming’s release will show you a face down card, and make you guess: red or black? If you pick right, your win is doubled, but guess wrong, and you lose everything.
While the graphics could always be better, their slightly rudimentary nature makes them fit with this slot’s theme. That doesn’t mean we can look past everything, however. The background image is a little too simple for our liking. And whoever thought purple and red went well together needs to have their eyes re-examined. Having the more valuable icons lit on fire was also a cool idea, which makes the generic symbols more memorable.
Gameplay was also a mixed bag. We like simple, but this was just too simple for our liking. Free spins are fun, we like them as much as the next guy. But just free spins gets really boring, really fast. Gamble tries to help, but is more often than not an exercise in frustration. If it weren’t for that 18,000x jackpot, we’re not sure if we’d recommend this game. As it currently stands? We suggest checking out the demo version on our website before committing real money.