3 Reel pokies have evolved considerably in recent years. While many players enjoy games with mechanical reels, that does not mean they want to miss out on bonus features. Beat the Heat from Bally Technologies addresses this audience. In some ways this pokie is very traditional (3 reels with classic symbols and blanks) in other ways, there are some exciting bonus game possibilities.
You can’t miss the giant bonus wheel on top of this game. This uses ‘U-Spin’ technology. There is also a free spins bonus round, and plenty of ways to get huge line hits. This is what makes Beat the Heat hot!
You only need to hit one special bonus symbol to trigger the free spins bonus game. This shows a wheel design, with the word ‘U-Spin’ and appears on reel 3. You need this on the middle row to get a lively bonus game.
Next, you’ll hear some heavy metal style guitar music – and see plenty of flaming effects. 5 free spins are awarded, and these start right away. On some symbols there are small circular symbols on the bottom right. Your objective is to collect as many of these as possible, along with your line hits.
Each special circle you collect adds a win multiplier for the next phase of this bonus. This multiplier can go up to 5x.
After your free spins end, you’ll hear a voice-over telling you to spin the wheel. A message appears on the screen, telling you to swipe in either direction. A white gloved hand demonstrates this. How fast and in which direction you swipe determines how the bonus wheel will spin.
On the wheel are cash amounts, with a wide range of bigger and smaller prizes. The wheel will slow down (flaming effects in full flow!) and stop on one of these prizes. Next you see 3 flaming boxes appear on the screen.
The top one contains your win amount, which then has any multiplier you hit from the free spins applied to it. In the middle is the win from your free spins, and the last box is your total. This amount is paid, the dramatic bonus music fades, and you return to the base game.
27 Win-lines cross over a 3×3 grid of the reels – effectively making this an all-ways setup. There are blanks on the reels, so you will not always trigger wins (or benefit from the 27 win-lines). You can spin all 27 lines for just 50c per spin, and up in multiples of this amount.
Winning symbols are pokie classics. These are topped by the red 7’s, with blue 7’s and any 3 mixed 7’s following this. Gold bell symbols follow the 7’s on the pay table. Bar symbols are also in play. As well as the timeless 3, 2 and 1 setup – there is a bar with 5 rows. As is common on 3-reel poker machines, prizes are available for any 3 mixed bars.
Bally have done a fantastic job of bringing a 3-reel pokie to life with Beat the Heat. While the reels show very traditional symbols, these have been given a flaming make-over. The wheel above the reels is imposing. This is displayed in the top part of the cabinet. It is so big that you only see a small ‘slice’ of it when you do get to spin.
When the bonus game kicks in, you’ll feel like you are in a rock concert – with heavy guitars making the game feel very dramatic. There are excellent animations including the effect when you collect multipliers during the free spins game. When the totals are counted after the wheel spin, the entire pokie gets covered in flickering flames.
If you enjoy both traditional 3-reel pokies and the chance of big wins via a wheel bonus, then Beat the Heat is certainly worth a spin. Bally has effectively combined wonderful flame effects, with traditional style game-play. Free spins on 3-reel pokies are unusual enough. During these spins on Beat the Heat, you will collect multipliers which apply to your spin of the bonus wheel. When those guitars kick-in, you’ll know that you have the potential for huge wins.