Intro: Game Theme
We can say many things about the 1980’s in America, both good and bad. This era left such a huge mark on modern culture that it is still remembered quite fondly! Even if you never experienced it yourself, you have a clear image in your head when we say the eighties. This made it the perfect choice for NetEnt when it came to selecting a theme! Join two detectives to fight crime in Hotline, a 2018’s release set in the gorgeous beaches of Miami.
The video that plays at the beginning shows the inspiration the developers drew from shows like Miami Vice. The character designs and the clothes they wear make it obvious! The background image shows off the view of Florida’s best-known city during the eighties. On one side, we have massive hotels with neon signs inviting people in. On the other, we see the coast in the distance and the endless sea. Palm trees can be found on both sides of the playing field, adding even more flavour to this slot. If you are looking for fancy animations, you will be pleased with this game! That said, you will have to work for them, as most are hidden behind wins or bonus activations.
- RTP: 97,04%
- Betting Range: £0.15 – £450.00
- Max Win: £180,000
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How it Works
You play Hotline on a five-reel board with thirty fixed paylines. Players cannot turn individual winlines on or off by themselves. Instead, the only way to change your total bet is by adjusting your bet level and coin value. To win, you need to find at least three symbols that match and which start on the leftmost reel. The winning combination requires all icons to be adjacent to each other and to follow an active payline. NetEnt use an elegant white/black control panel. It blends into the background wonderfully, keeping us focused on the reels and the beautiful graphics. Using the control panel, we can change our bet, spin the reels, set up Auto Play and turn on Turbo Mode. Players can also open the settings and paytable as well as turn sound on or off. You can wager between £0.15 and £450.
Symbol designs look nice. The two detectives are an obvious reference to the buddy cop duo of Miami Vice. The rest of the icons set up the smirking woman as a suitable villain for our crime fighters. She is out to steal herself some indredibly expensive jewellery, in the form of bracelets, necklaces and crowns! We never see the woman’s face either. Just her iconic smile, while the rest of her is hidden beneath the brim of her large hat. A red car serves as a Wild, while the view of the Sun setting over Miami is the Scatter.
Before you start spinning, you will receive a popup explaining hotlines to you. You start with the middle one enabled, while the other two remain off. You can have them active in any order you want, as long as one Hotline is always active. More hotlines means a bigger bet, but also an increased chance to get expanding Wilds and re-spins.
Wilds can appear in any position and can substitute for all symbols except for Scatters. If a Wild lands on a row with an active Hotline, it will expand to cover that entire reel. When this happens, a re-spin is awarded. Everything except for expanded Wilds is spun again. A new re-spin is awarded each time a new Wild lands on an active Hotline. If this does not happen, the re-spins bonus ends.
Collect three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel to win seven free spins. If a Wild lands on an activated hotline, it will cover the entire reel. That said, during this bonus, the expanded Wild will not disappear until free spins end. You cannot win additional free spins during this special feature.
Hotline shows it has all the right elements to compete with big names in the industry. The top tier visuals are here, both as symbol designs and as fluid animations. Gameplay feels fluid thanks to all the interesting special features. You have to pay extra for the hotlines, but they are more than worth it. Each extra active hotline increases your RTP, up to the magical 97.04% figure. That said, it is worth noting this is a low-medium variance title, with a maximum win of 400x. If you prefer playing for bigger sums, you may want to find another slot.