It’s the 80’s; you’re wearing a pastel blue linen suit, your aviators are glinting in the sunshine and your hot on the criminal’s tail. Will you recover the stolen cash? or will the perpetrators get away? In this high-octane Miami Vice-themed slot, adrenaline is running high as you play a game packed with features and great payouts. This attractive game brought to you by NetEnt is played on a 5-reel, 3-row, 30 pay line board.
To form wins, players must match the symbols in formations across the board from left to right. Bonus features as mentioned are incredibly generous, with expanding Wilds, Wild substitutions, Re-Spins, Free Spins and the unique Hotline bonus bet feature. Bets for this game range from 15p to £450 per spin. The maximum win or reward as it should be referred to in this game is a huge 60,000 coins on a coinciding win or 2,000 coins on a single bet line. Hotline is a medium volatility slot from the mean streets of Miami with a return to player percentage of 96.13% (at base level).
Graphics and Theme
NetEnt have done a superb job of stylising this slot to immerse you in what feels like an 80’s Miami car chase. The background for this thrilling adventure is a seaside highway complete with palm trees and classic neon signs in the art deco style. Symbols are a selection of 80’s characters that would fit right into Miami Vice. For example, there is the guy in the white summer jacket with a Tom Sellick moustache and mullet. Other symbols include what players assume are the stolen goods such as tiaras and diamond rings. Wilds are where the real action is though, with mini clips of the police DeLorean speeding after a red getaway car. Music is as you would expect- 80’s synth-pop. However, the audio for this game is very much sound effects lead, with screeching tyres, police sirens and roaring engines all peppered in for maximum effect.
Hotline is based on a concept which is outlined in a small video intro at the start of the game. It introduces the detectives Quinn and Rivera who are in pursuit of a jewellery thief named Kitty Weiss. Most of the features are thematically linked to this exciting car chase in an inventive way.
The first and most frequently seen bonus are the Wilds. In this game, the Wilds are represented as the red sports car which is owned by Kitty, the jewel thief. It can substitute in for any symbol on the board bar the scatter. In this way, it helps to generate more wins.
However, Wilds in Hotline also have other capabilities. One of which is triggered when a Wild lands on a Hotline row. If this should happen, it becomes an expanding Wild. Once in this form, it can expand to cover the entire reel on which it landed, therefore creating more chances for players to form bigger wins.
Lastly, when a Wild lands on a Hotline and expands, players will be granted a Re-Spin. Re-spins are the same as the initial spins with the same Hotline rows, coin values and bet levels.
Next on the feature list are Hotline Free Spins. To earn free spins, players must pay attention to the scatter symbols. These can appear on either reel 1,3 or 5. Scatters when they land grant players seven free spins. The Hotline Bonus Bet will emulate the conditions of the round in which the free spins were activated initially.
If you should be so lucky as to land an expanding wild during a free spins round, then it will ‘stick’ on the reel until the free spins have been exhausted.
Lastly, there is the Hotline Bonus Game, which NetEnt say is a feature unique to Hotline. This bonus game concerns the three-round icons which are displayed to the left of the screen. When you launch the game initially, one of these icons will be coloured yellow. This means that that row is an activated Hotline.
For every spin, in the base game, at least one of these icons will be illuminated. However, players have the choice of illuminating two or even three rows when setting up the game, depending on the level of risk they wish to take. Activating the double or triple Hotline correlates to activating a double or triple bet. This will increase the stake for each spin; however, it will also increase the probability of landing Wilds on the activated rows.
In selecting between one two or three activated Hotlines, players change the return to player percentage. One row Hotlined – 96.13%; two rows Hotlined – 96.7%; three rows Hotlined – 97.04%.
Game How to Play
NetEnt gaming makes option toggling and playing Hotline easy with a range of betting options provided along the bottom of the screen. Using this menu, players can set the bet per spin and win and loss limits. Once these parameters are set, players may spin the reels. They must also remember to set the number of Hotlines they are comfortable playing. Spinning the reels can be done either by using the manual spin button or by setting up automatic spins. To win, players must match symbols across pay lines from left to right.
Hotline on Mobile
Hotline can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.