Hotline Online Slots
With a great 1980’s retro-theme and modern technology driving the action, Hotline Online Slots by NetEnt has quickly become a popular slots title at 888 Online Casino.
Hotline slots online is a non-progressive slot with 5 reels/30 paylines, boasting classic Miami Vice-inspired iconography with the elegantly-crafted NetEnt graphics that discerning slots-players have become accustomed to.
The secret of the Hotline slots popularity rides on the familiarity of players of-a certain-age with the 80’s TV-show, Miami Vice.
Hotline opens in the city-scape of Miami and the two detectives are reminiscent of Crockett and Tubbs. You’re introduced to their beautiful jewel thief arch-nemesis, a beautiful woman in a sports car, armed with a giant cell phone unrecognizable to today’s Millennial generation.
Despite the retro-theme, NetEnt’s technology driving Hotline is cutting-edge.
How to Play Hotline Slots
Begin playing the Hotline slot machine by choosing a bet amount-per-line, which can range from 0.01 to 10.00 coins, selected at the bottom of your screen.
You can also choose an autoplay option to speed up your play (number of spins offered ranges from 10-to-1000), which can be done with a button at the center bottom-left of the screen.
You can check the Hotline slots paytable by clicking the info button. The spin button is at the center-bottom of the game interface.
Your balance can be checked at the bottom of the screen, where the bet options button resides. Settings for the play level feature are at the bottom alongside the autoplay button.
With the 30 fixed paylines, your bank roll is protected with frequent-wins which allow you to stay-in-the-game and assist you in getting ever closer to hitting a big win.
Hotline Online Slots Features
Central to Hotline Slots is its ‘Hotline Bonus Bet’ feature that’s divided into 3 Hotline rows (1 to 3);
Hotline Bonus Bet– Increase your chances to win Expanding Wilds and Re-Spins for a higher-level bet. Every row serves as a Hotline and can be deactivated/activated at your choosing. Once a Hotline is activated, the game is played with a higher Base Bet:
Wild/Expanding Wild Substitutions– Wild Symbols can pop anytime during the main game, Free Spins or Re-Spins. These symbols can substitute all other symbols except the Scatter. If a Wild triggers on an activated Hotline then it expands to cover the entire reel, increasing your chances to win.
Re-Spins – When a Wild Symbol triggers an activated Hotline during the main game or Re-Spins, the symbol will expand on the entire reel and will remain sticky for the entire Re-Spin feature. Triggering additional Wilds on an active Hotline will lead to more Re-Spins. The feature will finish once Wild Symbols cease triggering.
Free Spins– When landing 3 Scatter Symbols anywhere on reels 1, 3 and 5 during the main game, 7 Free Spins are awarded. If a Wild Symbol triggers on an activated Hotline during Free Spins, the symbol expands to cover the entire reel and is active until the Free Spins round is over.
Hotline Online Slots Jackpot
Six standard symbols are present in Hotline. All symbols relate directly to the theme including the femme fatale, Rivera, Quinn and three pieces of expensive jewellery.
The red Ferrari is the wild symbol and it replaces all other symbols (and also expands) to help form winning-matches except for the sunset scatter symbol to assist you in working-your-way to the 60 000-coin maximum payout.
The biggest secret to pulling down the 60 000-coin jackpot – activate all 3 Hotlines.
Yes, it costs a little more to triple your stake.
However, for the cost, you can ‘Hotline’ all three reels, meaning that regardless of where the wild symbol lands, it will expand – the secret to big wins.
Audio and visual
Hotline exudes retro design. Art-deco neon signs. Cops in sunglasses. Jewellery, sunsets, femme fatales. The game is clearly based on Miami Vice or maybe even the PC game “Hotline Miami”.
Hotline looks great. The images are well-drawn 80’s chic and built with the latest technology.
NetEnt supply a high-quality 80’s retro synthesizer-inspired, yet digital soundtrack to match.
However, it’s not all style-over-substance.
Despite being a retro-inspired game, Hotline plays-at-its-best on mobile.
In my testing, the downloaded PC version was fast.
However, fastest-of-all, was when I used 888Casino in mobile app mode, thanks to 888’s Dragonfish mobile-first software.