Playboy Hot Zone Slot Review
You will be astonished at the slot layout because it is arranged vertically, in a portrait mode. The five reels are found at the lower half of the screen, while the upper portion is for decorative purpose displaying Hugh Hefner smoking a pipe and four seductive girls around him wearing bright swimsuits, black bow ties and branded bunny ears. The upper screen part also shows Hot Zone patterns that are going to slide down the reels.
There are 5 reels, 4 rows and 40 permanent lines. The symbols are bright against a violet background, though standard cards from 9 to Ace used in the slot could have been designed better or removed altogether so as to maintain integrity of the Playboy theme. Apart from them, you will find here some classic icons like cherries ($1250) and dollar signs ($1500). The second-highest jackpot of $8000 at max is awarded for five images displaying Hugh Hefner and two lovely ladies with one on either side. The top prize of $10 000 is for hitting five wilds (a mere word “Wild!” with a bunny logo below).
There’s just a single adjustable option in the slot. By changing a line bet from $0.01 to $10, you can place a stake anywhere between $0.40 and $400 per spin, which is a perfect offer for most bankrolls including high punters.
The slot has a normal wild symbol that comes single, not stacked, and substitutes for regular pics. Thanks to a highly profitable Hot Zones feature, the wild symbol acquires more importance in the gameplay. Hot Zones are a branded slot feature designed by Bally and is found nowhere else in slots of other software vendors. The same feature is also used in Jewel of the Dragon, another great slot from Bally. A hot zone is a tetris-like pattern consisting of a couple of blocks. It activates randomly and can drop down onto the reels as an overlay, just like a puzzle piece falls in a tetris video game. But unlike the latter, you cannot manipulate movement or rotate these hot zone pieces – they land in any random position and turn symbols within the borders of a hot zone into wilds.
Free spins is a wonderful addition to the bonus package of the slot and they are triggered in two ways: by hitting 3+ wilds or 3+ Bonus scatter symbols, so it is much easier to get free spins running than in many other slots. The more bonus/wild symbols are involved, the better the bonus. Overall, you get 8, 10 or 20 free spins as well as an instant prize of x2, x5 or x10 a total stake, respectively. During free spins, hot zones emerge more frequently, making your play even more profitable.
Playboy Hot Zone boasts of a unique Hot Zones model that gives a new twist to wild symbol variants. You are unlikely to win anything really huge but can enjoy a steady streak of lower value rewards. Other features include wilds and 8–20 free spins.