Hot Chance Slot Game
There are a lot of solid 3-reel video slots in the range of games produced by Austria-based gaming giant Novomatic – and Hot Chance is a great example. This game features the familiar fruit symbols, which come in pairs, along with bars and the X symbols.
Unusually for a 3-reel game there is a feature round. This involves a spinning wheel which moves you up a ladder to some potentially very large wins.
How to Win on Hot Chance
There are 5 win lines in total. These are selectable – and you can play just 1 line if you prefer. The fruit symbols are stacked on the reels, which means that they will often fill entire reels. This makes it possible to trigger up to 5 wins from any one spin. When you get the entire grid filled with a single type of fruit the bonus feature is triggered, more on that below.
The pay table automatically adjusts depending on the number of coins you bet per line. Red 7’s are the best paying symbols – these pay 750 coins for 3 on a line. Stars some next at 200. Paired fruits are all worth 40 coins for 3, these are plums, oranges, lemons and cherries. The X symbol is the lowest paying, worth just 5 coins for 3 of a kind. There are no wild symbols, bonus symbols or scatters in this game – things are kept simple, you either get 3 of a kind on a win-line or you spin again!
Hot Chance Wheel Bonus Game
If the first 2 reels show the same fruit stacked (covering all 3 positions) then you will get a drumroll effect while the last reel stops. If this matches, showing the entire slot as the same symbol, you’ll get to play a second screen bonus game. This is on the same screen as the pay table, which did confuse me a little the first time. In the center you will see a wheel with 4 different segments. For the first spin, 3 of these say ‘up’ with a green arrow, and one says ‘collect’ with a red circle. You click to spin and either double your money or collect. For the next spin one up arrow is replaced by a collect sign, and for the final spin there are 3x collects and just 1x up. The base win is 200 for 5 lines, or 200 coins. You can double this 3 times, making a top win of 1600 per coin bet on the triggering spin.
Like on all Novomatic slots, you’ll be offered the chance of gambling your win on the flip of a playing card after both the feature and any regular wins.
Design and Setup of Hot Chance
If you are at all familiar with Novomatic games, then the design will be instantly familiar. The 3 reels take up most of the screen, and the symbols are big and bright. The double fruits are very much old-style gaming symbols. Unusually the X symbol and the bars are muted in color – a simple greyscale. The logo above the reels shows flames, and those will appear again when you hit winning combinations. Whichever symbols are involved become engulfed in orange flames.
Sounds are also very familiar, the cacophony of bleeps while the reels spin and tick-tock sound when you are invited to gamble stand out – along with the drum-roll effect when the bonus is close to coming in.
There is some amount of flexibility in the settings before you spin. You can choose how many lines to play (the default is the 3 horizontal lines + diagonals from the top and bottom left. You can also choose to bet up to 10 coins per line. Auto play is offered as a standard.
If you enjoy the straightforward traditional Novomatic slot games – then Hot Chance is certainly one for the list. The base game is enhanced by the chance of wins across all 5 win lines (with the stacked fruit symbols) and the top payout of 750 coins for the 7’s is good. The feature game is also simple, though it does give you the scope of turning any spin into a big win if you are lucky enough to hit the ‘up’ arrow 3 times.