Although a popular theme, on closer inspection, you soon discover the leading man is – in fact – a dwarf; a flame-haired, bearded, vertically-challenged, dude who likes beer, gold, and blowing stuff up. Your goal is to spin him in the right direction and mine some money. This is well-engineered game from an operation that knows its stuff. Nolimit is part of the mighty Evolution Group, which is also home to online casino greats like NetEnt, Big Time Gaming, and Red Tiger.

You might be only three feet tall and stuck in a tunnel, 800 feet underground, but you are in safe hands with these giants by your side. Ready to dig in? Grab a pick and let’s begin…


Fire In The Hole Slot Look And Feel

Fire in the Hole xBomb is set deep underground in a sombre, candlelit, tunnel. Graphically, you could argue it’s a little confused; these dwarven digs are more California Goldrush than Lord of the Rings. Whatever: it’s atmospheric and lots of fun to play.

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Fire In The Hole Slot

The gameplay is quick and responsive. The sound effects are explosive. The music is on point: suitably majestic, mysterious, and cinematic. The leading dwarf is – literally – a blast. Hit a big win and he goes kaboom! The key innovation with the Fire in the Hole xBomb slot is its shifting grid. More on this below.

How To Play Fire In The Hole Slot

Fire in the Hole xBomb is an avalanche-style game with collapsing symbols. When you win, the winning icons are immediately replaced; often leading to multiple wins from a single spin.

It gets better. Initially, the game starts with six vertical reels in a six by three grid. You win, when you match any three identical symbols on adjacent reels. On the first spin, there are 64 potential winning combinations.

However, if you hit a winning payline, a new horizontal line opens up. Now the grid is 6 x 4, with even more ways to win. If you blast open the maximum number of horizontal lines, you end up

with a six-by-six grid and 46,656 potential winning combinations. It’s a very cool flip of the ever-popular Megaways mechanic.

The xBomb reference in the game’s title comes as a wild. One wild simply explodes, creating more possible wins from a spin. It doesn’t need a winning combination. It simply blasts in a fresh set of symbols. When it explodes, another horizontal layer comes into play. The other wild is triggered by matching adjacent symbols that do not form a winning line; that is: they don’t start on the far left-hand reel. These wilds explode, unlocking more potential wins. The other key icon is the scatter – a gold nugget. Three or more, of these chunks of awesome ore, activates the Lucky Wagons Spins feature.

Fire in the Hole Symbols

The Fire in the Hole xBomb online slot portfolio of symbols is full of everything you need for a hard day’s graft down t’pit (as they say ooop north). The base symbols are the standard playing card icons, from nine to King. Next up, the tools of the trade: a pickaxe, rope, boots, saddlebag, and a lantern. The wild is an explosive charge. Coal fills the gaps when no symbol appears.

The symbol you really want to see is the golden coin/nugget. This is the Fire in the Hole xBomb scatter. Three or more activates the Luck Wagon Spins bonus game.

In Summary

Fire in the Hole xBomb is a beautifully put together game, from a developer with some serious pedigree. Collapsing online slots always offer that promise of multiple. It’s what makes them so alluring. You can also choose to buy the bonus with this game. It’s a shortcut, but make sure you understand the risk.

One thing: as much as we *ahem* ‘dig’ this game, the branding is a little confusing. The dwarf looks like a hillbilly and this game feels like the Wild West. Annoying, if you spent a lot of time researching the great California Goldrush, of the late 19th century, before realising it’s (apparently) a game about a dwarf. Hey ho, hey ho… it’s off to work we go…

Fire in the Hole Bonuses

Bonus Name Bonus Explanation
xBomb Wilds

xBomb wilds substitute for any other symbols to complete a combination. xBomb wilds explode to clear all surrounding symbols except bonus symbols and increase the multiplier for the next win by 1x.

Wild Mining

When three or more matching symbols land in a horizontal line but don’t form a win, the middle symbols of the line will be replaced with Wild Mining symbols and all symbols above the line are removed.

Lucky Wagon Spins

The Lucky Wagon Spins feature is triggered by landing 3 or more Bonus symbols.

  • Landing more Bonus symbols causes the feature to begin with more rows unlocked.
  • During the feature, a row of minecarts runs along the top and drops bonuses down onto the game board.
  • Bonuses include coins, multipliers and other symbols that unlock more of the board or increase your prize.

You start with three spins and get an extra three spins every time a coin symbol lands.

Fire In The Hole Slot FAQs

The shifting grid starts as a 6×3 layout with 64 potential winning combinations. When you hit a winning payline, a new horizontal line opens up, increasing the grid size and the number of ways to win. If you manage to blast open the maximum number of horizontal lines, you’ll end up with a 6×6 grid and a whopping 46,656 potential winning combinations!

There are two xBomb wilds in the game. One wild simply explodes, creating more possible wins from a spin without needing a winning combination. The other wild is triggered by matching adjacent symbols that don’t form a winning line. These wilds explode, unlocking more potential wins.

To activate the Lucky Wagon Spins bonus feature, you need to land three or more gold nugget scatter symbols on the reels. Once activated, you’ll get the chance to pickaxe your way to a rich vein of winning spins and potentially hit the game’s jackpot, also known as Beer Time.

About the Author


Paul Cullen

Paul Cullen is an online gambling industry veteran, with more than 25 years in the sector. After an early career in journalism, Cullen took a marketing role at the world’s first online sportsbook: Since then, he has worked at dozens of online gaming businesses, been held at gunpoint, seen his boss arrested, and was witness to the Absolute Poker cheating scandal.

Reviewer since April, 2023

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