Hotline 2 (Netent) slot review
Netent’s Hotline 2 slot is the sequel to their hugely successful “Miami Vice”-themed Hotline slot
Netent’s Hotline 2 is a fantastic slot that reminds us of the exciting ’80s with shows such as Dukes of Hazard, Night Rider, the A-Team and, of course, Miami Vice.
A common divider in these TV shows is fast cars, tongue in cheek humour and cheesy dialogue.
Hotline 2 has, like Hotline, a retro 80’s theme, with a car-chase in the streets of Miami where our heroes spend their days chasing criminals.
Starring (as in Hotline) are the detectives Quinn and Rivera. They are chasing Kitty Weiss, a femme fatale who has managed to empty a jewelry store in Miami.
It looks like Netent loves these car chase themes: in June 2020, they release Cash Noire, another exciting car chase themed slot.
The good news is that the features in Hotline 2 bring us more fireworks than the original Hotline slot.
Paylines: 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols, 243 paylines main game, 1944 paylines in free spins
RTP and variance: 96.05%, Medium variance
Maximum win: over 5.000x the bet
Betting range: $€0.30 to $€150
Bonus features: Free spins, expanding reels, expanding wilds, Hotline Bonus Bet
Casino Hipster verdict: Hot!
Hotline 2 slot – Gameplay and Features
The main game has 5 reels with 3 symbols each, and there 243 ways to win.
The high-paying symbols are Kitty Weiss, Quinn and Rivera. The low-paying symbols are pieces of jewelry.
The aim is to spin wilds on a hotline. If a wild appears on a hotline, the wild expands and becomes stacked over the entire reel. Even though it is called a hotline, here it is the reel that is the hotspot. You see a car driving over the reel. It looks and sounds fantastic!
Technically, we could also call it “hot reel”, but of course, a hotline can also be vertical! And doesn’t “hotline” sound much hotter than “hot reel”?
As in the original Hotline slot, you have three bet levels.
- The base bet: reel 3 is a Hotline.
- The Double Bet: the bet is doubled and reels 3 and 4 are Hotlines
- The Triple Bet: reels 2, 3 and 4 are Hotlines. The bet is tripled.
Needless to say that you get most action if you play the Triple Bet. This way, you get more winning combos and higher wins (you could get up to 3 reels fully stacked), but it comes with a price.
The minimum bet is 30 cents, so if you want the Triple Bet, you’re talking about 90 cents per spin. That’s a bit hefty for some players.
Free spins – you activate these with three scatters
If you spin three scatters on the middle reels, you get 7 free spins.
Free spins bonus round – expanding reels
I must say that it looks fantastic. Let’s assume you go for the max and choose for the triple bet. In that case, reels 2,3 and 4 are the hotlines.
If you get a wild on one of those reels, the reel expands by one symbol, and the entire reel becomes entirely wild. If you manage to do this another couple of times, the reel extends to 6 symbols. In that case, you also get two extra free spins.
If everything goes well, you get to expand reels 2,3 and 4 up to 6 symbols. You’ll now have 1,944 ways to win, for the remaining free spins!
Payout Percentage (RTP)
Hotline 2’s payout percentage is 96.05%. It’s above 96%, but it’s not spectacular.
Hotline 2 slot – the variance (volatility) is medium.
In theory, you can bag a win of over 5,000x the bet. The odds are minimal, though. The variance is medium, and I expect that most top wins are around 250x to 500x the bet.
Pros and cons
- If you like the 80’s, you’re going to feel at home here!
- More exciting than the original version, thanks to the expanding reels and potential 1,944 ways to win.
- The odds are good for wins of say 100x to 500x.
- The theme is great fun, but we have seen it in Hotline before.
- You need to activate the Triple Bet if you want to have the best gameplay and most win potential.
- The minimum bet when the Triple Bet feature is activated is a hefty 90 cents per spin, which is pretty substantial for many players.
So, who will like the slot? And who won’t?
Anyone who liked Hotline will like this Netent slot. It’s an improved version, with the same cool 80’s vibe, but with better features.
What I find a bit of a disappointment is that the variance has remained unchanged. Why not make this is a thrilling high variance slot if the original one already has a medium variance?
Now, it’s a bit more of the same and for me a missed opportunity.
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