NetEnt have recently released a new slot and we are of course talking about Hotline slot, a Miami Vice style inspired slot. Miami Vice was a TV-show from the 80’s with two really famous names – Crockett and Tubbs who was the main characters. We don’t know if you are familiar with the series because it depends when you are born if you have been in “Miami Vice mode” with neon, cool cars and Ray Bans. This series was also a really big trend setter and the music was also a big part of it. Many artists tried to get their music in the series. If you haven’t seen it it could be soft to play some slot and then check the Miami Vice on YouTube. This review shall not be about the serie, it shall be about the Hotline slot but it felt good to give some background, especially when it is theme slots like this one.
Hotline slot takes you to cool Miami
The intro to this theme slot gives you a good picture what it is all about so don’t miss that one. You can feel that NetEnt has put in a lot of effort to create the real feeling, and we think they have succeeded with that. Hotline is nicely made with really good design and animations. It is easy to forget the time and just play because it’s a good feeling with the slot. We think Hotline attracts many different age groups, it can really be a hit.
The slot is built up around 5 wheels and 3 rows and you will find functions like freespins, expanding wilds, re-spins and Hotline Bonus Bet, a completely new function that allows you to activate more rows against a higher bet. This function will surely be popular and we think we will see it in more of NetEnts slots in the future.
Symbols in Hotline Slot
There are some symbols that you need to know about and here we describe the value and how they work.
Wilds och expanding wilds symbols in Hotline slot
As always you really like the wilds symbols and it is the same in this slot, maybe more because the lack of a bonus function, which is pretty common in other slots. So in this case keep your eyse open for the wilds symbol.
Well, the wild symbol has two different functionalities depending on how is shows up on the reel and if you have the Hotline Bonus Bet function activated then it can create some really nice opportunities.
If you get the Wild symbol on a row that is not activated as a Hotline Bonus Bet row then it works exactly as a regular wild. You can get more than one wild on the rows/reels and they works as usual and gives you extended winnings with combinations.
If you get a Wilds symbol on a row that is activated by the Hotline Bonus Bet funktionen then that reel will be an expanding wild and fills up the whole reel. Important to remember is that one row is always activated as a Hotline Bonus Bet row. As default it is the middle row but you can choose which row that shall be activated. More about the Hotline Bonus Bet function below
When you get a wild on a Hotline Bonus Bet activated row you then get expanding wilds in that reel and you also get a re-spin. If you succeed in getting another wild on an active Hotline Bonus Bet row then it continues untils you don’t get any more wilds.
When you get the wild symbol on a Hotline Bonus Bet activated row then also the re-spins get activated. This function is active as long as you get more wilds on your active row. You only get one re-spin per wild. The more active rows you have the better is the chance to get the expanding wilds and re-spins can be very profitable if you get a series of wilds symbols on the active rows.
Free Spins in Hotline Slot
The free spin mode is activated through the scatter symbol and it is present at reels one, three and five. It doesn’t matter what row the scatter symbol is present on, just it is three of them. We found it really hard to get in to free spins mode but when you get it you will be rewarded with 7 free spins.
Activated Hotline Bonus Bet also works in Free Spins mode
If you play the slot with all rows activated by the Hotline Bonus Bet function then that is what you will also get when you are in Free spin mode and of course, 7 free spins if you get wilds on them is really great. Then you maximize the possibilities to get the wilds. Notable is that if you get wilds in the free spin mode on an active row then it is sticky wilds so that reels will during the whole free spin mode be a sticky wild.
Free Spins mode in Hotline activates Sticky Wilds
An important difference in the free spin mode is that here you don’t get re-spins on your expanding wilds, instead you get a sticky wild and that is really good. Especially if you get a sticky wild in the beginning of the free spin mode and also if you succeed in getting one more or two more. Then it will be a good payout.
Hotline Bonus Bet functions in Hotline slot
This function is completely new and it is the first time we see it on a slot. We must says that it is an innovative development where you instead of just place your bet and coin value you also get the possibility to increase your chances to get the wild symbol. It is one more dimension but if you want it, it also costs.
The standard on the slot is a 15 coins bet and then you have one row of Hotline Bonus Bet. If you want to activate one more row the bet will be doubled and that row is lightened. One more row will increase the bet 3x.
Increase your chances to get expanding wilds with the Hotline Bonus Bet symbol
If you want to increase your chances to get more expanding wilds then you activate more rows. Every activated row costs additional 15 coins which means doubled bet. Another row is then 15 more coins whick will be a 3x bet. If you activate three rows then it will cost. The maxbet for one round is fantastic €450 with three rows activated.
How do you play the slot
This slot is easy to play and it is also easy to follow on the screen what is happenning. If you have read about the symbols and the functions then you know what to lool for.
When you enter the slot just choose level and coin value and you can play as usual. The difference is the Bonus Bet function where you can choose between more active rows which also coast you a higher bet, 2x or 3x bet. then you will have a higher possibility to get expanding wilds.
What is our summary of the Hotline Slot
We think NetEnt have done a great job with the creation of this well designed and entertaining slot and also filled it with a completely new function. The slot looks really good, has a good theme and design. We can say that it could be a favorite that you happily return to. It is entertainment on a good level. We also think we will see more slots with similar funtionality in the future
Best chances to win, we think, is to have more active rows to get the expanding wilds and if you get to the free spins mode then you also have the same preferences there to get sticky wilds, however it is not so easy to get to the free spins mode.
Good luck playing and remember, play only when you have money you can afford to loose and don’t play to much.