Nothing says 1980s Miami like neon, sports cars, and cocaine. The decor from the timeframe stands out forever when people reference the southern Florida city. You've seen this in films like Scarface and even Grand Theft Auto. NetEnt wants to take you back in time without the booger sugar with their Hotline slot. The game sees you participating in a high-stakes jewel heist. If you're successful, you could walk away with enough money to buy your own island in the Keys.
Hotline is a 5 reel, 30 payline video slot that is set on South Beach, complete with palm trees and a beautiful orange sunset. The game's symbols are a combination of jewels, glitzy lifestyle symbols, and various characters involved in the heist. You'll find a blue and silver ring, green necklace, pink crown, a couple of cops that bear more than a passing resemblance to Detectives Tubbs and Crockett from Miami Vice, and a jewel thief that looks like Carmen Sandiego holding a Zack Morris cellphone. A sunset serves as the game's scatter, and there's a luxury car that is the wild.
The game's features include free spins, wilds, stacked wilds, and re-spins, and an interesting bonus wager that ties in the with the game's name. There are three "hotline" symbols to the side of the reels that you can choose to activate. If you do so, any wild symbol that lands on an active horizontal hotline will expand to fill all three positions on its reel, as well as giving you a free re-spin with the wilds held in place. Your bet size increases with each hotline you play, but then so does you chance of hitting an expanding wild. In fact playing all three hotlines maximises the game's theoretical return to player (RTP), which is 97% when all three hotlines are active, vs 96.1% when they are not.
A round of 7 free spins can be kicked off when three scatters come up on reels 1, 3, and 5. Any expanded wilds that land are held sticky on the reels for the duration of the free spins round.
The combined atmosphere and features help make Hotline a great experience. I spent a bunch of time playing the slot machine and found it to be an excellent option, at least for me. I love the old retro look and feel, and I played a lot longer than I initially thought I would. The game is full of cheesy goodness, including a fun blurry VHS style intro sequence, and the combination of looks and features makes this a must-play on either your desktop or mobile phone.