Time to head to Miami in the 80s, where the chase is hot, the mobile phones are bricks, and the neon signs shine a light on fast cars and squealing tires.
Anyone who was born a few decades ago will recognise what NetEnt are doing with this Hotline mobile slot.
The Miami Vice TV show may be no more, but its legacy lives on, in a game that pays homage to the time and series.
With 80s tunes, some truly wild chases, and a black and white cop partnering to take down a femme fatale, this is wonderfully retro and cool.
Our advice? All three.
It doesn’t cost much; much like the NextGen superbet online slots, you pay a little extra for extra features.
There are three buttons next to each of the 3 rows of 5 reels. You have to have at least one active Hotline row; any wild that lands on that row will expand to cover the reel.
This costs you 0.15 a spin, as you have 15 payline, and is the bare minimum.
But, for the total cost of 0.45 a spin, you can ‘Hotline’ all three reels, meaning that regardless of where the wild lands, it will always expand – and you want that to happen.
If you don’t make it so all the wilds expand, you should probably remove a star from this slot review – it makes it an OK, but not particularly exciting gambling game.
The reason for this is that when a wild expands, you get a free re-spin of all the other reels with that wild staying in place.
And considering the Hotline slot free spins can take over 150 spins to trigger, those re-spins are your lifeline in these lean, mean, streets.
And in this NetEnt video slot it’s made all the more exciting because the sticky wilds are fully wild reels… as long as you activate all 3 extra bets of course.
That’s 7 spins with at least 2 or 3 wild reels by the end of it. Not bad for a hard day chasing down crooks in fast cars.
That said, the life of a cop isn’t that luxurious; this Hotline online slot won’t make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.
But it might let you buy a round of beers for your buddies at the end of the night – better than when you head to the 50s in the Swipe and Roll slot.
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|Mobile Slot released||March 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 15 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.87% / 96.13%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 1.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.15 with 1 hotline / 0.45 with 3 hotlines / 150 with 1 hotline / 450 with 3 hotlines|
|Free spins||7 Free Spins / Sticky Wilds|
|Bonus rounds||Bonus bet, Wild, Expanding Wild, Re-Spins, Free Spins|
|Slot Themes||Classic & Retro|
Hotline bonus bet: You start the game with one row highlighted. This is a 'hotline'.
If a wild symbol lands on that row, it will expand to cover the reel and hopefully create wins.
You can choose for that one Hotline to be any of the three rows - or you can hotline any of the other two reels, or all three.
Every extra hotline you create costs a little extra - at minimum bet, all three rows activated costs you 0.45 a spin.
Wilds, Expanding Wilds and Re-spins: The red car is the wild symbol, and if it expands by landing on a hotline, it will show a fun car chase scene.
It replaces all other symbols over 15 paylines, except scatters.
If you get an expanded wild, you will also get one free re-spin of the other reels to potentially create a further win.
Another expanded wild gives you another re-spin with all wilds staying on screen, and so on until no more wilds show up - like in Spin Party by Play'n GO.
Scatters and Free Spins: Three sunset scatters will trigger 7 free spin bonus games.
This is where those extra bets come into their own because any wilds will stay sticky on screen until the end of the 7 spins.
So if you have wilds on all 5 reels, and they expand, that 5 reels totally wild till you have no more spins left.
There's no denying that this Hotline slot on mobile has a lot to offer, but only if you are willing to bet at least 0.45 a spin.
Otherwise, this is still a fine slot, but the lure of the 80s will soon lose it's appeal when you keep chasing but never catch the loot.
However, those expanding wilds and re-spins keep things interesting in the base game as you wait for the sticky wilds in the free spins.
It's not the NetEnt game with the highest payouts, you can probably find more in Asgardian Stones, but we enjoyed this retro-looking machine.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating