The name Hot Slot might indicate that the design team at Barcrest was having a particularly uncreative day when they came up with this one, but as it turns out, the name could not be more suitable. It is exactly what you would expect to see alongside the logo on any classic fruit machine and that is essentially what this is, albeit with a few modern twists. The symbols are highly familiar, with fruits, 7s and bells leading the way, but the use of five reels and three rows ensures that there may well be something here for video slots enthusiasts to get excited about too. There is not a huge number of features on offer on the game, so if you like to keep things simple then you will not be disappointed, but there is still more to this game than may originally meet the eye.
What to Expect
There are so many fruit machine slots out there online and on mobile that you never know what to expect from the symbols. Sometimes they look rotten, on other occasions they look good enough to eat and sometimes they will even have faces – although that is rarely as creepy as it sounds. Here, the visuals are polished and well-presented, and they are some of the better-looking fruits that we have seen on the reels in recent times. There are ten lines in play over which to match them all up, and one nice addition among the traditional symbols is a neon wild card, which can of course fill in for any other icon on the game. What is extra useful on this game is that the wins do not necessarily need to start from the first reel, and you still have a chance to complete a prize even if the first relevant symbol lands on the second or third reel. Naturally, if you wait until the fourth then three of a kind is impossible!
The main concept behind Hot Slot is indeed the fact that one slot is ‘hot’. There are five different slot machines at the top of the board and players will need to choose one of them to play on. One of the five is guaranteed to be setup in a way where there is a more than 100% return to player percentage in effect, basically putting the odds in your favour. However, you will only be able to discover which of them was the Hot Slot when you change your pick and another machine will be chosen at random. These changes are enforced too, as each machine will count down following a spin, at which point the Hot Slot is revealed and you must pick another.
There is Big Bet action on this game for players that are looking for it and, as is often the case, it involved purchasing five spins at relatively high stakes. The cheaper version narrows the selection of what the Hot Slot could be down to three, and the more expensive one cuts the number to just two for a fifty-fifty chance. As far as we are concerned, that is still an equal chance of being wrong, but if you fancy taking the risk, the rewards can be absolutely massive!
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Hot Slot is one of the best examples of Barcrest’s own Big Bet system, as there is real value to be found for players that are brave enough to make use of it. We, are not that brave, but if you want high-octane fruit machine action on your mobile device it does not get any better than this. Some players will move on based on the looks alone, but for the right audience it’s a cracker!