Hidden slot review (Elk Studios)
Hidden is an online slot developed by our much-beloved Elk Studios
This video slot has 178 ways to win, and it takes you on a journey to the pyramids of classical Egypt.
You can win two awesome bonus rounds, both of which have their own way of generating considerable payouts. It took us some getting used to, but once we had figured out how the bonus features work in Hidden, we were sold!
How does the Hidden slot work?
This slot has no less than 178 ways to win. You create winning combinations when paying symbols appear next to each other. It’s not a classic ‘win all ways’ slot, yet there are more ways to win than most other online slots.
The game is played on a field of 5 reels with 4 symbols per reel. You pay a fixed bet per spin that starts at only $€ 0.20 and can be increased up to $€ 100 per spin.
The theoretical payout rate is set at 96.3%, and the variance is medium. As a result, you get a lot of playing time for your money, while at the same time, you can win attractive prizes. The maximum award is 215,000 coins.
Symbols and payouts
The symbols appear in stacked form, which occasionally makes for a bunch of winning combinations. The premium symbols are grandfather, the explorer, assistant (grandson?), the Sphinx and the camel. The grandfather symbol pays out the most: 5 identical symbols on an active payline yield 10 x your total bet. The young explorer is worth 5 x your total bet, and the camel and sphinx symbol have to make do with 3 x and 2 x the total bet, respectively.
The card deck symbols 10, J, Q, K and A are worth slightly more or less than 1 x your total bet.
As with any Elk Studios slot, you can choose to play with a betting strategy. The bottom line is that you can have the slot bet for you according to pre-programmed strategies.
You can choose from the following strategies: Booster, Jumper, Leveller and Optimiser. Each strategy has an individual risk profile and can be switched on and off at any time.
The bonus features of Hidden
Hidden has two excellent bonus features, both of which can considerably grow your bank account.
Sometimes the screen seems to get stuck, and suddenly you’re reminded of those stacked wilds that you got on the middle reels before. Oh right, it was the Flashback Respins! This bonus feature is randomly activated and always gets you three free spins.
During these free spins, 1, 2 or 3 sticky stacked wilds will appear on the middle reels. If you can turn all 3 of the middle reels wild, you have landed at least three spins in a row, a Super Big Win.
So far, we have not been able to turn more than two reels wild, which already resulted in a nice payout.
The Treasure Room Free Spins
This bonus is activated when three magnifying glasses appear on the screen. This awards you 5 free spins with one special symbol. This special symbol expands on the screen and stays there. What follows is a free respin; hopefully, the special symbol lands you big prizes.
This bonus can be gratifying if the special symbol hits the reels frequently enough.
Our verdict on the Hidden slot
Elk Studios doesn’t release all too many slots. The ones they do produce, however, are without exception original and of high quality. Bloopers, Ivanhoe and Sam on the Beach are other entertaining games from Elk Studios.
We are taken with Hidden, too. Especially the bonus features are a lot of fun and very innovative. We’re always pleased with casino software providers who succeed in coming up with something new in a market where copying seems to be common practice.
4 out of 5 stars.
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