Fri, May 24, 10:01pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
The idea behind the Hot Shot pokies has proven popular. As you spin the 5 reels, you will see mini pokies appear as symbols. These can spin, awarding cash prizes, progressive jackpots or even a spin of a mechanical cash wheel. The success of this game has led to the development of others with the same game-play. These include a Playboy themed Hot Shot, a fire / Ice themed one and the Fireball Pokie spin-off.
Each of the games on the reel is different. There are different numbers of win-lines, different symbols and increasing prizes as you go from left to right. The biggest jackpot is 5-figures, enough to put some heat into anyone’s pokie bankroll. Here are the highlights of the Hot Shot pokies:
Before you even spin you will notice that each reel has a progressive jackpot and the name of a pokie listed above it. The smallest jackpot is on the left. Each subsequent reel sees this prize grow – with the biggest shown above reel 5.
To win these prizes (and regular line prizes) you need 3 or more special symbols anywhere in view. These show mini games, matching the name and design of the logo above each reel. If you get 2 then the reels speed up while you wait to see if you get more. You can trigger this bonus with up to 5 mini slot games.
You will then spin each mini pokie in turn. This is automatic, and very fast. A pay table pops up next to each game, and the reels expand, showing circular designs which mimic the old mechanical games.
Here are the 5 mini-games, starting on the left.
Note that you can only win the biggest progressive if you are spinning on max bet.
On the left-hand pokie, you can get a special symbol on reel 3 which says, ‘Cash Wheel’. This needs to appear on the single win-line to trigger the bonus. When it does, a mechanical wheel above the cabinet springs into action. This will spin, awarding you potentially big credit amounts.
While the speed and music remind me of the Quick Hit pokies, there are no scatter symbols in play this time. Hot Shot pokies use a 5×3 + 40 win-line setup, with bets starting at just 1c per line and going up to around $2.
Your regular wins will come from bright blue dollar signs, bells, triple 7’s and bars in their standard 1, 2 and 3 combination. Wins felt common on this game – though the amounts were on the smaller side. Hot Shot is all about those mini-pokie bonus spins!
With a black background and red styling, this pokie does a good job of mixing traditional symbols with lively graphics and animations. You’ll find flames and sparkling surrounds for the winning symbols on the reels. You will also find animations for each of the winning symbols.
It is the mini-pokies which really bring this game to life. You’ll need to focus, as they spin quickly and the next one pops up right away!
This is the original in a line of Bally pokies which have proven to be very popular. When you start to spin you will immediately see why. Having up to 5 shots at a progressive jackpot each time you get the bonus certainly grabs your attention. You’ll be hoping you hit mini-pokies towards the right of the reels. This is where the biggest jackpots can be found.