Stellar Slot Machine
If you are familiar with the library of classic 5-reel slot machines by this software studio, then you might easily overlook Hot Star. Because, let’s face it, the retro games by Amatic do tend to be very similar in appearance and gameplay. However, it is well worth giving Hot Star a go as you might be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the graphics on show.
The fruit machine symbols are all the same – cherries, lemons, oranges, grapes, plums and watermelons – but they have a particular glossy definition that would appeal to punters with contemporary tastes.
While this online fruit machine may not be quite as spectacular as a 3D slot machine like Betsoft’s Fruit Zen, it still does enough to capture our visual sense. This is mostly thanks to the use of some basic, yet effective animations whenever a winning sequence of symbols is struck. As you will see when you play the game for yourselves, a successful spin causes the fruits to be illuminated with pulsating neon lights. It’s always nice to celebrate a prize winning spin with a bit of fanfare flair for the eyes.
Spin It to Win It
With 10 paylines and a low volatility win-rate, players should be waiting too long before a win comes their way. But before you start spinning the reels, you will need to sort out your preferred betting strategy by selecting 1 to 10 paylines and placing a bet per line between 1 and 100 credits. With all paylines laid out on the reels, the minimum possible bet is a casual 5 credits while the biggest bet available weighs in at a very hefty 500 credits.
It has to be noted that the payout values presented in this slot machine’s paytable are very discouraging. The biggest line bet multiplier on the board is a measly 250x for five 7 symbols on a payline. The five-in-a-row payouts drop quite quickly after that, with five watermelons paying 80x, five grapes or plums awarding 60x, five oranges or lemons offering 40x and five cherries returning just 20x. There isn’t even a scatter symbol to provide any additional total bet prizes.
Expand Your Wins with This Wild Symbol
Punters need not despair at such small jackpots, because this online slot has a neat (and potentially rewarding) trick up its sleeves. This comes in the form of a wild star symbol which appears on the reels from time to time. Like any normal wild icon, this star will substitute for other symbols on the reels to complete winning combos.
However, when this star appears, it will expand to cover a 3×3 grid of reel positions. As such, it is very likely that this expanding wild will trigger four-in-a-row and five-in-a-row wins over multiple paylines at once.
Gamble for Quadruple Wins
If you are still unhappy with the total of your winning haul, then you can attempt to boost your prizes by using the Hot Star gamble game. This side feature allows bettors to take a winning spin and either double or quadruple the prize by guessing the colour or suit of a playing card.
Of course, there is an element of risk involved in this feature, and all unsuccessful gambles will result in the loss of the stake. That said, there is an option to gamble with half of the previous win if you want to give yourself some insurance.
The Star of the Show?
If you are partial to the aesthetic of a retro slot machine but still want to have a bit of a bonus boot while you spin, then Hot Star is right up your street. The game may not have the most attractive set of payout values, but the visual aspect of the game makes it a pleasure to play while an expanding wild means that there is every chance that you can rack up some bigger wins than expected.