Review of Flash: Velocity Slots
Here we have another installment of a DC Comic game by NextGen which uses the same design template as both Batman Slots and Green Lantern Slots. Not that there’s anything wrong with using the same interface numerous times, it’s just that if you didn’t like the style of the other games, you might not like this one either.
Of course the opposite is true as well, and I am actually a pretty big fan of those other games so I welcomed The Flash with open arms. However out of the three of them, I ended up liking this one the best due to its graphics and features, which I will detail in full below.
I didn’t know what to expect with this game because my only real exposure to The Flash were the campy cartoons from the late ’60s that played during The Superman / Aquaman Hour of Adventure, plus a few comic books, and of course the times he appeared in episodes of the Super Friends. To be honest, The Flash was never one of my favorite DC heroes, which is why I found it odd that I liked this game so much. That is, until I took a closer look and realized just what makes it so darn cool.
So here are the reasons why I consider The Flash to be the best DC slot game released by NextGen, and why I think that you should it give it a spin…
There was no shortage of flashy screenshots that I could have included in this review – there always seems to be someone running or gesturing, or lightning bolts going off, or tons of other fantastic graphics flashing around the screen. (Puns intended.) In short, the images below are just a taste of what Flash Velocity Slots has in store for those of you who are looking for a game that moves at a breakneck speed.
I was shocked to learn that The Flash has actually been a few different people over the years, and hasn’t been one consistent character. The Flash that most of us are probably familiar with is forensic scientist, Barry Allen, who acquired his insane power of speed through being doused with chemicals that were struck by lightning on a shelf in his laboratory.
After realizing the good that his super powers could do, The Flash devoted his life to fighting the criminals of Central City, U.S.A. and protecting its citizens. His powers of speed, walking through walls, and even time travel have all been integral to battling the numerous villains of the DC Universe.
This particular slot game from NextGen concentrates on The Flash’s traditional enemies of Captain Cold, Mirror Master, and Gorilla Grodd, so you’ll have to be ready for constant action. Fighting three enemies at once is hard work to say the least!
Finally a comic book themed game that doesn’t use a 9 as a symbol…or even a 10! That’s right – Flash Velocity has so many unique symbols that they only use the Jack, Queen, King and Ace. This is rare for branded slots, as many game developers use at least the 10 to the Ace to make up for their lack of imagination.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Mirror Master
- Gorilla Grodd
- Captain Cold
- Flash’s Fast Feet
- Flash’s Ring
- Flash Symbol (Scatter)
- Flash Symbol (Bonus)
- Flash (Wild)
When playing with the Bonus Bet activated, all win amounts are multiplied by 5 if the Flash Wild is used in the winning payline during the normal game, and they are multiplied by 10 in the bonus games under the same circumstances. Also, The Flash sometimes runs across the screen and changes a normal symbol into a Wild thanks to the game’s “Speedster Feature“, which occurs at random.
The Flash Logo Scatter symbol can appear on any reel and trigger a win on any payline, even inactive ones. The good news is that you only need to hit a minimum of 2 Scatters on the board if you want the symbol to add to your bankroll – this game is quite generous and pays out if you get 2, 3, 4 or 5. Sure two Scatters only gives you 2 coins, but this is basically a gift because most games only pay out if you have three symbols or more.
The highest paying symbol in the game is the Flash Wild which gives you a windfall of 10,000 coins for 5 of a kind. The payouts then drop dramatically with the next highest symbols of Captain Cold, Mirror Master, and Gorilla Grodd all paying 250 coins for five in a row.
Unfortunately, as with all DC Comics slot games made by NextGen, Flash Velocity does not have a jackpot. However, you probably won’t even notice that it lacks a jackpot prize because there’s so much constant action in the regular game. The in-game features and free spins are more than enough to keep even the most demanding slot player fully occupied, in my opinion.
Make no mistake – it’s definitely worth the extra 10 coins per spin to activate this game’s “Bonus Bet” and give yourself access to the bonus round…because if you don’t, you will only be able to play the regular game with no extra features. And who the heck wants to play an online slot game without bonus features?
Another benefit to activating the bonus is that you increase your theoretical payout percentage from 92.48% to 95.47%, which will be considered quite a large jump for those who are obsessed with Return to Player statistics. However as my loyal readers will know, personally I’m not really into numbers and I’m more concerned with how much fun a slot game actually is, rather than its mathematical odds of winning.
Anyway, when you hit three Flash Logo symbols that say “Bonus” on them anywhere on the reels you access the “Rogues Feature” which I will detail in the section below.
All of the DC Comics slot games made by NextGen offer a bonus feature that is basically a mixture of a bonus round and free spins. This is because they always offer you a choice of which free games mode you want, and each of them usually has very unique characteristics. Flash Velocity is no different than the others, so when the bonus is triggered you are taken to the Rogues Feature where you can choose between 1 of 3 different bonus rounds, all of which give you 12 free games.
The Captain Cold bonus feature offers Expanding Wild re-spins, which freeze The Flash into an Expanding Wild for one re-spin. Gorilla Grodd will push a “Roaming Wild” symbol around the board, changing its position with every free spin to maximize your winnings. Finally, Mirror Master can take you back in time to replay the last 4 free spins that you had, so you’d better hope that they were good ones.
I love the Captain Cold feature as it is fast-moving and exciting with a high-energy soundtrack. Also, I always seem to win more free cash in this round than the others…or maybe it’s just the speed of the bonus action making me dizzy.
I’m not sure how I feel about the Mirror Master feature because it’s a great bonus if your last 4 spins had lots of winnings, but if they didn’t then you’re forced to sit there and relive the disappointment. Therefore, unless I’m feeling particularly frisky, I don’t even think about choosing Mirror Master for my bonus.
My least favorite one is Gorilla Grodd because the action and the music are pretty tame. The gorilla just emerges from the bottom of the screen every spin and shakes his head around to give you an extra Wild symbol. Although considering how fast the pace of the normal game is, maybe some players will want to slow things down for a bit to catch their breaths.
The animation that kicks in on the Flash Wild symbols is pretty intense. At certain times he runs directly at you and the visual is absolutely amazing. The Flash also runs across your screen when you hit a big win involving the Wild symbols, and again, the graphics are nothing short of stupendous.
All of the game’s symbols are extremely detailed and you can tell that the game’s designers put a lot of work into making them look good. I really have nothing but compliments for Velocity’s graphics both in the regular game and bonus rounds, so I might as well end this section here.
Audio & Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Flash Velocity is pretty freakin’ good. It is a slow, building song with weird effects and beautiful singing over the top of it. The singing is either a real chorus in an opera house performing, or it was perhaps created on a synthesizer – I can’t tell for sure. Either way, this soundtrack sets the stage perfectly for the speed of the game and its features.
During the Free Games feature the music becomes quite dramatic and it totally sucks you into the action that’s unfolding on the screen. When your free spins are over and the normal soft song comes back on you will probably feel a little bit relieved to be done with the intense bonus battle that you were just in… I know that I usually am.
If you have made it to this point of the review, you can probably guess what my concluding thoughts on this game will be. Stated simply, it is hands-down my favorite title from the series of DC Slot Games created by NextGen. Whether it’s the unique symbols, crazy game features, or the action-packed bonus rounds, this game fires on all cylinders. And let’s not forget the lightning fast graphics and outstanding soundtrack that plays throughout.
More often than not I finish reviews of comic book themed slots by saying something like, “this one might only be for diehard fans”, however Flash Velocity is a totally different animal. Whether or not you liked “the fastest man alive” in graphic novels, or watched his cartoons or the movie, chances are you’ll still love playing this game.
Heck, even those of you who have never even heard of The Flash until today will probably really enjoy this slot. Just make sure you fasten your seat belts before blasting off to Central City.
Bonus Video of The Flash
Here’s a “Flash-back” for all of you who are old enough to remember the ridiculous Flash cartoon from the 1960s. (Stop shaking your head – you should know by now that my puns are terrible.) However, if you liked the joke in the previous sentence you will definitely enjoy the cheesiness of this classic show. Fromage!