The Perfect Summer
Tropical Heat is taking you to a paradisiac beach, somewhere far away from home. The reels stand in between a couple of giant palm trees, with a nice ocean view in the distance. The sand is smooth, the landscape and symbols are colourful and every single pixel on the screen screams overdue holiday. What more to ask here?
To be honest, Tropical Heat is not the most original slot game out there. The graphics are decent but not really exceptional in comparison to the high-end games that we have had the chance to test so far. In a nutshell, we found Tropical Heat pleasant to look at, but probably not as memorable as the developers intended.
Tropical Heat is played on 5 reels with 10 fixed paylines. This allows for a fairly standard betting range, between 0.10 and 20 credits per turn. The bet menu at the bottom of the game screen is there to let you choose your next wager freely. Tropical Heat also includes a bet max button to go all-in, as well an autospin mode in order to play with the same wager several times in a row.
Despite its rather low number of paylines, Tropical Heat still has a medium volatility. This means that you get equal chances to score big and small prizes whenever you spin the reels, so luck will play a big part here. The usual card icons on the paytable do not pay much, so focus on the seashells, crabs, birds and landscapes, which can be worth up to 1,000 times your current wager.
Generous Free Spin Round
Keep the reels spinning long enough and you are bound to find a few special symbols appear in Tropical Heat. The young woman, for instance, is rare but can work as a wild wherever she shows up. She has the power to replace the basic symbols, and to double their value. Besides, wild combinations can unlock extra cash prizes, including a huge x10,000 jackpot.
The parrots are the scatter symbols of Tropical Heat, which means that they can pay (up to x4000) in any position on the reels. Landing 3 or more scatters during the game also awards 15 free spins, during which all rewards are multiplied by 3. And you can believe us when we say that here lies the biggest opportunity to win a lot of money in Tropical Heat.
Other Options, with Various Levels of Difficulty
Due to its fairly classic settings, you are likely to find plenty of slot games that are very similar to Tropical Heat on the market. Sea Sirens by Novomatic, for example, sticks to the exact same setup and features a similar free spin bonus, with 15 rounds and a x3 multiplier as well. While testing the 2, it was our impression that Tropical Heat tended to be a little more generous on average.
Gryphon’s Gold, another Novomatic slot game, can act as a tougher version of Tropical Heat. Based on the same rules, and once again with the same free spin bonus, this epic slot game has a much higher variance that can lead to long “dry” periods for the players. There more than ever, scoring some free spins will be crucial.
More Fun Than Expected
Tropical Heat felt a little too classic for us at first. The graphics are decent but slightly outdated, and we weren’t really convinced that the game was going to be so interesting. But in the end, we were really surprised to see how many big cash rewards were hiding in between the reels. Even the base game proved quite generous, as a matter of fact.
Overall, Tropical Heat is not exactly a revolutionary slot game. But the sheer size of some rewards, plus the very generous free spin bonus are enough to warrant a try, in our opinion. Just be ready to play big and keep an eye out for the scatters, as they are by far the most important symbols of the entire game.