Hole in One Slot from Amaya
The first thing you’ll notice when loading up this golf themed online slot from Amaya (other than the golf flags on the reels) is the chirping birds in the background. This is an older video slot, with just 9 win lines over the 5 reels. There are some unique touches, including randomly paying scatters which come with entertaining animations. You will also get to play a bonus game where you choose from different golf holes – each one adding a multiplier to your initial bet. While this is by no means the most modern slot, the action is fast and the potential for decent sized wins is certainly there.
How to Win on Hole in One
Wild symbols have the biggest single prize. These pay 12500 coins for 5 on a line, assuming you have bet the maximum 5 credits per line. 4 are worth 2500, 625 for 3, 75 for 2 and unusually a prize of 10 coins for just a single wild on the left hand reel. The wild symbols do substitute, though only for the bunker symbol and the water symbol. Fortunately these are the next two highest paying symbols, worth 5000 and 3750 coins respectively for 5 of a kind.
Smaller wins come from the playing card symbols. These have been creatively added to the flags that you get marking the holes in golf – each one a different color. Aces are worth 2500 for 5, and pay from 3+ from the left.
There are two scatter symbols in play, portraits of golfers. These are not tied to the win-lines, though they do require that you hit them on consecutive reels to trigger a win. When you hit 3 or more you will get an animation (golf shot + angry guy about to break his club). You will then see a box appear in front of the reels with a win amount, which is randomly awarded between 1 and 2700 coins.
Hole in One Bonus Game
Hitting 3 of the golfer with the tartan hat on adjacent reels will trigger the bonus game. This is a second screen bonus, where you will see top-down views of 12 golf holes. Each time you choose a hole you’ll be awarded either par (+1), Birdie (+2) or Eagle (+5). You continue to make selections until you hit the ‘out of bounds’ shot, at which point you collect the total score and this is multiplied by your bet amount for the triggering spin.
If you hit 4 of the bonus symbols to trigger the entire total is doubled, 5 bonus symbols triples this.
Design and Setup of Hole in One
Graphics are cartoon-like for this game – and do feel a little dated compared to some more recent slots in the Amaya range. The greens dominate the reels, with each of the playing card flags showing this – as well as the grassy views in the background of the players (bonus and scatter symbol). This slot has a noticeably faster spin action than many other online slot games.
When you win there are the usual computer beeps and hums, which contrast with the chirping birds on a permanent loop in the background. Scatter wins bring up much better animations, I particularly like the angry guy who looks like he wants to break his club! The bonus game has detailed views from above a selection of holes, this would be very useful for a real course. There is not too much in the way of graphical action, you simply click and see a message about how many points you have won.
With only 9 win-lines covering the 5 by 3 grid of the reels, there are plenty of opportunities to increase the size of your coins and the number of coins per line. Coin sizes are from 1c and up, with up to 5 credits per line possible. There is a ‘bet max’, though no auto-play for this game.
This is an entertaining enough slot, and I am sure that it will not just be golfers who take it for a spin. Overall, the game-play is simple, with just a single second screen game (no free spins) and the random prizes for the scatter symbols to keep things interesting. If you enjoy the solid type of slots, rather than the fancier games, then Amaya’s Hole in One is certainly worth taking for a spin.