Fri, May 24, 10:02pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:23pm
This traditional 3-reel mechanical pokie has some bite! There are a lot of flame effects and you won’t be able to miss the huge wheel above the reels. While lining up 7’s, cherries and bars is where your regular wins will come from, there is a lot more to Bally’s Hot Spin than that.
Spinning the giant wheel will give you cash awards or progressive jackpots. It is the free games bonus which makes this pokie stand out. Here your multiplier increases for each additional special symbol you hit – up to an impressive 10x on all wins. Here is what makes Hot Spin stand out from other 3-reel casino pokies:
Before you start to spin on this pokie you have a decision to make. The symbols on the reels are displayed in a row, and you are asked to select one.
They will still have their normal roles (wilds are included) and produce regular wins. What you are doing is selecting which of 3 symbols will trigger the bonus wheel. Before you jump to the obvious conclusion that the most common symbol is the one to pick, keep in mind that the prizes change based on your pick. If you go for the (relatively rare) wilds – the wheel prizes are bigger.
When you trigger the bonus, you will find that the wheel uses ‘U-Spin’ technology. This means the direction and speed with which you spin the wheel determine how fast it spins.
Free spins symbols on the Hot Spin pokies show an X-shape. You need all 3 anywhere in view to trigger 8 free spins. When these games start, a strip of multipliers appears just above the reels.
Each time you hit one or more additional free spins symbols they move up to this strip in a fiery animation. The win multiplier shown then moves up by 1 each time. If you get a lot of bonus symbols, you could be looking at a 10x multiplier on wins for all remaining spins. 3 of the bonus symbols together will add a retrigger (8 more spins) to your total.
Instead of the traditional single win-line, this 3-reel pokie has 9 over the 3×3 visible area. With blanks (gaps) in play, you will not always align the symbols with a win-line. You will bet in increments of 40c.
Wilds have the biggest prize. They also substitute for every other symbol (not the free spins bonus ones) to create extra wins. A well-placed wild in the middle of reel 2 can enable several wins from the same spin on occasion.
Winning symbols include red and blue 7’s, bars and 5-bar combinations. You’ll get smaller prizes for mixed bars or 7’s. Base game wins are on the smaller side. Your biggest hits will come from the free spins bonus where you get the huge win multiplier.
Compared to most traditional style pokies, Hot Spin is intensive. The secret is the overlay of graphics on top of the mechanical reels. There are plenty of flame effects and other animations (look out for the x-symbols being added to the win multiplier listing).
When you trigger the wheel bonus, you’ll hear a game show like voice over effect. This will tell you to spin and then congratulate you on your wins. The screen will once again fill with colour and flames while you return to the base game.
Considering this is a mechanical reel game, the coin fountain (which includes banknotes) for big wins is very impressive. There are brassy, lively tunes playing while you spin.
This pokie feels like a bridge between the livelier video pokies, and a traditional game. With impressive graphics overlaid on a mechanical reel setup, you get the best of both worlds. The bonus wheel is an imposing sight above the reels. You can choose how often it gets triggered, with bigger wins for the rarer symbols. The highlight is the free spins bonus games. Here you accumulate win multipliers with every added free spins symbol. If you get lucky, you could be looking at a 10x multiplier on your wins by the end of this feature!