Ainsworth have taken many of the symbols which are commonly used in Ancient Egypt pokies – and given them a design make-over. For example, scarab beetles come in a multi-coloured concentric frame – and the pyramids look like volcanoes, dwarfed by a glowing sun. Those pyramids are common on the slot reels, acting as wild symbols to give you plenty of action.
Hotter than Hot uses the ‘Quad Shot’ progressive jackpots system. This lets you win bonuses and bigger progressives alongside your 5 of a kind wins. During the free spins bonus, this is made much easier – thanks to a fully wild reel 5 and extra wilds on reels 2 through 4. Here are the elements which make this pokie hot:
Several casino pokies now use the Quad Shot system – or variants of this. On the upper part of the cabinet, you’ll see 4 jackpot prizes. Two are bigger, sometimes several thousand dollars, with two in the $10 to $40 range.
These are triggered by hitting 5 of a kind wins. Not all of these wins get you a jackpot. You need to include a symbol with a frame on it on reel 5. One frame appears on most spins, with more than one possible.
The type of win you hit, and whether any wilds are included, determines which jackpot you win. If you get multiple wilds, triggering more than one 5 of a kind win, you can get several jackpots from a single spin.
Wins with wild symbols will get you the two smaller jackpots. The smallest for playing card symbols, and the bigger one for higher paying symbols. If you make 5 of a kind wins without wilds, you can access the two bigger Quad Shot jackpots instead.
Scarab beetle symbols are the scatters, you need 3+ to trigger 10 free spins. There are prizes for 2, 3 or 5 of these (up to 50x your triggering spin amount).
When the free spins start, reel 5 will be completely wild. There are also extra wilds on the reels, sometimes covering all 3 positions. This makes it much easier to trigger the smaller progressive jackpots. With wilds always on reel 5, it does mean you can’t get the bigger prizes. To balance this, those wilds mean you can easily win 5+ jackpots from a single spin!
50 win-lines are used for this pokie, with the regular 5×3 reel setup. You can add a bet multiplier up to 5x for bigger spins. While wilds are in use, these pyramid symbols only appear on reels 2 through 5. This means they can’t make wins on their own – instead substituting for other symbols.
Bigger wins come from traditional Ancient Egypt symbols. There is a big bird / god, the eye symbol and jewels including a kaleidoscopic necklace. These are mixed with the traditional playing card symbols which supply the smaller wins.
It feels like the designers at Ainsworth were aware than a lot of Ancient Egypt pokies look similar. They have gone out of their way to create designs which are different from those found on most games. The results are excellent, with detailed symbols – a lot of tan, blue and gold colouring can be seen on the reels.
There are plenty of small animations. Look out for the scarab beetles, which open their shells and waggle their tails when you trigger the bonus. Watch out for the glowing sun behind the pyramids when you get the bonus feature. Sounds are generic / electronic – used on countless other Ainsworth pokies.
When you trigger the jackpots, these are awarded with yet more visual effects above the reels. While they do slow down the game, the extra money you’ll win means you won’t mind!
This game is classic Ainsworth. You get a smart (and unique) design, free spins, plus a jackpot system which is shared with other games. While the Ancient Egypt theme is common, the look and animations of the symbols is different to normal. A wild reel and extra wilds on the reels make the free spins bonus worth hitting. Get a 5 of a kind win with a special frame – and one of 4 jackpots will be coming your way!