On the 22nd of March NetEnt will once again widen their fine collection of games with another addition, and we in ScandiBet are proud to announce that we are first in line to get their latest game up on our page. The game in question is called Hotline, and it does in many ways come across as a tribute to the action packed films that had us caught up back in the 80s. But is this theme used up a long time ago, or has it passed the test of time and is ready to captivate us once more? Lets take a closer look at what exactly we are dealing with here, before we cast our judgement.
Hotline consists of 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 fixed paylines. The 15 spaces can be filled with various symbols such as expensive-looking jewelry, armed characters and fancy sports cars. The animations are action-packed with high speed car chases down a Miami boulevard in the sunset. The sound effects consist of fitting wheelspins, police sirens and gunshots, along with a typical 80s tune playing in the background. In other words, the atmosphere is set just right.
The name Hotline comes from the fact that you at all times have at least one hotline active. If a Wild lands on an active hotline it will expand and go sticky for a free re-spin. Another wild will lead to another re-spin, and in this way you can get a little extra for your money while also enjoying the pretty awesome animation that appears when a Wild expands.
So how are the winnings? The maximum amount you can win in this game is 400 times your initial stake. There are 10 different bet levels, and the coin value can be set between $0.01 and $1.00. In many ways Hotline can be considered a multi-variance game.The reason for this is an exciting feature called Bonus Bet, which basically allows you to have two or three hotlines active rather than just one. This, of course, comes at a cost, which is doubling or tripling your stake in return of higher chances of getting a Wild activated. The RTP will therefore vary between 96.13% and 97.04% depending on the number of hotlines you have active at any given time.
Some other features worth mentioning is the one-off 7 free spins you will be awarded if you get 3 scatters anywhere on the reels 1, 3 and 5 during the same spin. The autospin function is also slightly upgraded with some handy settings, and up to 1000 continuous spins in one click.
If we had to describe NetEnts new creation in one word, it would most probably be exciting. If you enjoy action and playing slots, you cant possibly have a boring moment while spinning away on this beauty. The design, effects, symbols, functions and in general the whole experience all boil down to what in our opinion successfully takes us back to an action-packed period and blows it back to life on our screens. The winnings might not be big enough to reach up to the biggest gamblers, but with some interesting features that could potentially change the payout, mixed with the great atmosphere the game in itself presents, its still one that should be given a spin or two before you make up your mind. So load your gun and get ready to cruise down the boulevard into the sunset, and try to collect some winnings on the way!