Getting a sequel just right can be a tough thing to pull off. However, if anyone can do it, it is NetEnt! They have already proven talented in that aspect with the still-popular Dead or Alive 2! Now, the team is returning to the world of 1980s Miami for the next instalment of our favourite buddy cop duo. Hotline 2 is a slot that oozes just as much atmosphere as the original. In terms of special features, it offers expanding Wilds, expanding reels, hotlines, and free spins!
Quite a few times, we saw a background image in a game and wished we could make it our desktop. This view here definitely falls into that category! Miami as the sun is setting is a gorgeous setting. Palm trees on both sides of the road, and the vast endless ocean to your right. Neon-lit hotels fill the streets. Then, you activate free spins and night time takes over! The neon glow becomes more prominent, while the expanding reels let us see more of NetEnt’s Miami. We love the visuals in this release, and we know you will adore them just as much! Now let’s delve deeper into this new Labslots review.
Hotline 2 Slot Features
- RTP: 96.05%
- Betting Range: £0.10 – £150.00
- Max Win: £777,600.00
- Similar Slots: Hotline, Rage of the Seas, The Wild Chase
How it Works
You play Hotline 2 on a five-reel board with 243 ways to win. That means players just need to get three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel to score a win. The user interface is the newest one NetEnt uses in its online slots. Through it, we can spin the reels, set up Auto Play, turn Turbo Mode on or off and change our bet. In the bottom left, we can open settings or look at the help page and paytable. In the bottom right, we can adjust or turn sound on or off entirely. Not that you should, considering how fantastic the music is! Players can bet between £0.10 and £150.00 per spin.
Icon designs in this game are very similar to the first one. Low value symbols are several expensive looking jewels the criminal wants to steal, as well as a pink diamond. Higher paying icons include a police dispatcher, our two detectives and the criminal. Two cars in a chase are the Wild symbol, while a neon pink flamingo is the Scatter.
Hotline 2 Bonus Rounds
Wilds can appear on reels two, three and four and can substitute for all icons except for Scatters. If they land on an active hotline, they expand to cover the entire reel if it will lead to a winning combination. During free spins, a Wild in a hotline will always expand. Players can choose how many hotlines they want to have active. Reel three is always an active hotline, and punters can activate reels four and two as well. Each additional reel you activate increases your wager.
Collect three Scatters on reels two, three and four to win seven free spins. During the bonus, Wilds landing on reels two, three and four increase the height of the reel they landed on by one symbol. This also increases the number of ways to win. Those three reels can reach a maximum height of six icons, creating up to 1944 betways during free spins. If a hotline reaches its maximum height, it grants two more free spins. A non-hotline reel grants just one additional free spin.
Finally, if you do not like to wait, the option to buy the bonus is there. Click the Buy Feature bonus, and then choose to play it with one, two, or all three hotlines active. One hotline is 20x, two hotlines is 40x and all three hotlines is 60x your total bet.
We have to hand it to NetEnt, they blew our expectations out of the water! We knew this release was going to be good, considering what a runaway success the first slot was. Hotline 2 manages to keep the spirit of the first title, while bringing something new to the table. Fun special features and a 5184x jackpot are more than worth playing this game for. Combined with a medium variance and an RTP of 96.05%, this title is a winning formula you do not want to miss. Check out our list of slot sites to see where you can try it out!