Hoffmania Slot from Novomatic
There was a time not so long ago when you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing David Hasselhoff on the screen. Whether on a reality TV show or one of the seemingly endless repeats of Knight Rider or Baywatch, the Hoff would be somewhere. Now the same applies with casino slot gaming, as Novomatic has produced two games based around the American TV star. On the reels you’ll find Hasselhoff himself, as well as a gold statue of him – alongside blonde and brunette characters who are both wearing shirts showing an image of the TV star. If you want an autograph, you’ll also find this on the reels, while thankfully a series of playing card symbols do offer some respite from all of the Hoff loving! The best aspect of the game is the free spins feature where the number of spins could potentially be endless.
How to Win on Hoffmania
Hoffmania uses the ‘All Pays’ system, which means that you’ll win when landing symbols on three or more consecutive reels starting from the left reel, irrespective of the position on the reels. The highest paying symbol of all is of course, David Hasselhoff, who pays 800 coins when hitting the maximum 5 in a row. Both of the female fans pay out 600 coins, while Hasselhoff’s autograph is worth 400 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A which pay between 80 and 200 coins.
The title symbol which shows the words ‘Hoff Mania’ on a blue background is the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. Being an All Pays slot, this wild becomes slightly more valuable than usual due to the fact that one wild will often enable a great large of wins.
Every time you gain a win you can choose the gamble option, where you’ll double up by correctly predicting the color of a face down playing card, or lose if you predict wrong.
Hoffmania Feature Round
The feature round of the slot is all based around the scatter symbol. This scatter is a golden statue of David Hasselhoff – imagine an Oscar featuring the star of Knight Rider and you are pretty much on the button! To enter the feature you’ll need to land three of these scatters.
The start of the feature sees you awarded with just 5 free spins, which might at first glance leave you a little disappointed. However, the feature doesn’t just stop there. Each of the scatters will now award you with either 1 or 2 additional spins, or increase the multiplier by 1 and each scatter you hit throughout the feature will do the same. This multiplier starts at 2x, but can rise all the way up to 5x. If you can achieve a good run of landing these scatter symbols, you could end up with a feature where you’ll have a large number of spins with the 5x multiplier in place, giving you the potential for a big payout.
Design and Setup
Perhaps surprisingly, this online slot machine has something of a no frills look, where the focus is completely on the reels. The game does have a swirling red and blue background, but the reels take center stage and these have a black background. The symbols are nicely designed without quite hitting the heights of some TV or films based slots you’ll find online today. Whenever you land a win with the David Hasselhoff symbol you’ll see a nice animation, while he will fill the screen and congratulate you when you enter the feature, while he will talk over the TV style rock theme tune that plays throughout your time on the reels.
The All Pays system means that you’ll have 243 ways to win at every spin, although to play it will only cost you 20 credits. Of course, you’ll have the opportunity of choosing your own coin value for each of these credits. The best option you’ll find is the 1-click auto play, which is more straightforward than you might find elsewhere, while you can also mute both the sound effects and the music.
As you might expect at a David Hasselhoff themed slot, there is something of a cheesy feel, although the gameplay is actually very good. The All Pays system does make for an enjoyable base game, where wins are a little easier to come by than usual. However, it’s the feature that really sets the game apart. The extra multipliers and free spins that can be gained throughout the bonus round add a nice level of uncertainty and a great level of excitement to the game and this is a feature you’ll strive to land again and again.