We hope you’re ready for something that you will catch us saying very, very rarely. We’re generally not big fans of slots that try to emulate physical machines – we consider them two different worlds. And yet, ISoftBet managed to pull off the impossible, and did just that with their latest release, Hot Spin.
The game consists of reels and a wheel of fortune, on top of which the player can win several different and powerful bonuses, usually reserved for the free spins round, though one can occasionally occur during normal gameplay, as well.
Hot Spin is themed after a fruit machine, so it has cherries, lemons, plums, melons, bells, stars, lucky sevens and diamonds all laying across the field. Scatter symbols take on the shape of a wheel of fortune, while the Wild is a large coin with a W overlaid on top of it.
iSoftBet is a London based company, founded somewhere around 2010, with well over 400 games including video slots and several other gambling titles. Despite not carrying the might and prestige of some older developers, the team at iSoftBet managed to score some popular branded franchises to transform into slots like Rambo, 24 and Platoon.
The developer has been making deals to expand its Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), striking a deal with Fazi Interactive, NoLimit City and Ganapati towards its expansion. The company also strengthened its European presence when Mats Lundin joined as the European Head of Sales.
How to Play it
The gameplay is rather standard once you get over the novelty of it. The reel is still a familiar 5×3 playing field with 20 fixed paylines, meaning the only way you can control your wager is by increasing or decreasing the coin value. This allows you to bet between $0.20 up to $20 per spin, which should please everyone except high rollers who aren’t satisfied with a maximum bet of $20. iSoftBet also has a great Autoplay option, allowing you to set how many spins you want it to undertake, as well as setting a loss limit and to stop if you reach a win above a certain threshold. It’s not the most advanced one we’ve seen, but it’s certainly up there.
AS we said before, we’re usually not big fans of titles trying to look like physical machines, but it really works well here. Your focus is kept on the reels at all times, as the background image is a simple red and black background – while the red mist looks cool, it’s hardly as attention grabbing as the reels themselves. That said, there are still some annoying downsides to the theme emulating a fruit machine – namely, the most annoying win replay sound we’ve had the displeasure of hearing!
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Hot Spin technically has one special feature that’s really complicated, but we’ll break it up into different categories for ease of reading. All of them are activated by collecting three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel, which rewards fifteen hot spins with one of six different bonuses.
The first creates between six to eight mystery icons on every reel spin. These symbols are then unveiled, and are always the exact same symbol.
Random Wilds will create five, seven or ten extra Wilds on the playing field for each individual hot spin. Wild reels can create up to three full-reel Wilds on every hot spin. The super version can create up to five full-reel Wilds. Win Spins deliver a guaranteed winning combination.
The super version adds a multiplier for each win, up to x4. Mega Reel turns reels one, two and three or two three and four into one a colossal mega reel during hot spins. In-Sync Reels sync up to three reels and make them spin together for the duration of the hot spins. The super version will link up to four reels.
The biggest win you can score in Hot Spin amounts to around 500x the bet, which isn’t amazing, but it’s also not half bad, either. It’s a respectable win for a medium volatility title. The game’s RTP is 96%, which is above average for video slots.
Hot Spin took us by surprise, and managed to make something fun and interesting. The theme won us over, and the bonus heavy gameplay will no doubt appeal to feature chasers. It’s an enjoyable game, and we recommend giving it a spin and trying it for yourself.