Free Hotline slot
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Hotline slot takes us back to an era of light linen suits and wedge-shaped sports cars tearing around the highways. American detective TV shows like Miami Vice instantly spring to mind when first setting eyes on this NetEnt slot. It is accompanied with a very retro sound track, which was very fitting of an era where dark tans, mirrored sunglasses and rolled up sleeves were all the rage. A fitting sound track of 80's style synthesizer music is interlaced with police radios and screeching tyres to set the scene. So, will these detectives unearth some hidden gems for us or will be left feeling like one of the victims of a robbery?
On the reels...
There are 5 reels of 3 rows with a total of 30 paylines in Hotline slot. Top paying symbol is the Female in the black hat, paying 200 coins for 5-of-a-kind (5OAK). She is followed by the two main detectives, paying between 80-120 coins for a 5OAK. The crown, ring and necklace symbols pay between 20 - 30 coins for a 5OAK, making up the remaining picture symbols. The red sports car Wild substitutes for all symbols except the scatter bonus symbol.
Hotline bonus bet
Hotline slot packed with some well known and well like features, such as expanding Wilds, re-spins, and a free spins bonus game. However, this is the first NetEnt slot with a unique multi-level bonus bet feature called the Hotline Bonus Bet. This new feature allow players to select a row – known as a Hotline – and Wilds that land on this row will expand to cover the entire reel and become sticky during re-spins.
Free Spins feature
If you land 3 sunset scatter symbols simultaneously on reels 1, 3 and 5 then you will trigger the Free Spins feature, rewarding you with 7 free spins. In Free Spins, the expanded Wilds will hold in place for the entire free spins feature, as they do in Playtech's The X Files slot. Players of Hotline slot can increase their bet and select more Hotlines to increase the possibility to land more expanding Wilds and re-spins across all of the reels. With the addition of the Hotline Bonus Bet feature, Hotline slot becomes a multi-variance video slot, which is likely to mean the game will have appeal to all different types of player.
Hotline slot appears to offer something very different and comes with an original theme. However, once you scrape the surface and give this game a proper go, you soon get the feeling this is more mediocre gameplay from NetEnt. The whole choosing your variance feature, just seems a clever way to get you to increase your betting and I have seen little evidence that it genuinely increases your chances of a big win. Saying that, the RTP is improved somewhat if playing 3 hotlines. It goes from 96.13% for 1 hotline to 97.04% for 3 hotlines - that doesn't sound a lot, but it does make a difference as with the bonus bet in slots like Rainbow Riches Fortune Favours. If you are into fast cars with your slots then I would personally be more tempted by Drive: Multiplier Mayhem, as Hotline feels a bit trapped in the past.