Red Reels Burning
Red seems to be the colour that every retro slot feels at home with, be that the grid itself, the backdrop behind it, or even the familiar tile of the number red 7. It’s just synonymous with old school gaming, and as such you’ll be comforted to see that tradition kept alive in this title here.
There’s nothing to the actual design, or even layout, of this game, with everything having been kept to the bare minimum: there’s the 3×3 matrix, the title and the controls. There’s no need for anything else.
The paytable might not look too appealing when you first look at it, for all the symbols not only look crudely created, but the returns from each are underwhelming. However, you need to give the game a chance, and look towards the higher symbols for reassurance that big prizes can be won here. It’s simply all in the betting – bet high and the wins will match, bet as low as you can and expect to win no more than 600 credits.
Going off of what we said about the colour red only moments ago, does anyone want to hazard a guess at which icon is the highest paying? Yes, you guessed it, it’s the red 7. This tile has two different payouts, depending on whether a wild is working inside the combo you land.
With a wild the prize is 600, but without it drops down to 400. Not bad in all honesty, but it could be better, say between 40,000 and 60,000 better. That’s the figures when you bet all the way.
Nine’s so Fine
There’s a quirky extra hidden inside the paytable that isn’t expected of such a conventional slot machine, and that’s that nine matches of either the blueberry, orange, lemon or cherries. They will result in a doubling of your wins.
It’s not a grand gesture from the brand, and nor is it one easy to come by, such is the medium volatility of the game, but it’s one that helps ease the pain of having no free spins and no bonus round. This feature, along with the gamble, can increase your final payout immeasurably.
Easy like a Sunday Morning
Playing Hot 27 is something you could probably do with your eyes shut, such is the simplicity of the controls; everything you need has been condensed down to a couple of buttons, with any extra info tucked away in the ‘?’ icon.
The result is that the controls are barely noticeable, thus giving the sense of a more in-depth and immersive game, even though in truth that’s not the case at all.
Start gets everything moving, auto begins the automatic rounds, and the gamble option is where you can double or quadruple your cash supply. Then there’s the bet and line toggles, but they’re obvious in their purpose.
Hot 27 is surprisingly good, in fact it’s really good, even more so for a vintage slot. So many are on the market these days, that it can be hard to find a decent slot, but then a gem like this pops up. It’s a definite winner.