Hot Hot Volcano

Published: 12/03/2013

Software developer Microgaming has a reputation for coming up with action-packed slot games for online casinos, and “Hot Hot Volcano” is certainly no exception. The open screen gives a hint of the fiery excitement to come, showing a tropical volcano in full eruption, with lava gushing forth, destroying vegetation and lighting the sky a brilliant crimson. Don’t let the tranquil sounds of insects and birds cause distraction—there are fireworks aplenty just a click away.

Hot Hot Volcano features a 5-reel, 25-payline format. To begin, choose from 1 to 25 “Lines” by using the +/- toggles below the second reel or by clicking on the line numbers that flank the first and fifth reels. The amount of the “Bet” per line may be adjusted by using +/- toggles beneath the fourth reel. Available denominations range from €0.03 to €4.00, thus making the maximum possible wager €100 per spin. Instead of a “Max Bet” option, “Max” buttons are provided separately for the Lines and Bet per line amounts.

The reels on Hot Hot Volcano display the common card symbols, Nines through Aces. Matching three or more of these symbols on an active payline will return a payout of 5X to 150X. Higher rewards can be gained by matching symbols for Fruit or Chimps, from 15X to 200X for three of a kind or more aligned. Catching just two or more of the Parrot or Lizard symbols pays a line multiplier from 3X to 500X.

One other symbol appearing on the reels is the Wild Volcano. It can be found only on the middle three reels, and it substitutes for any of the other symbols. The Wild Volcano also as a scatter function. When 2 or 3 of the symbol appear at the same time anywhere o the middle three reels, stake multipliers of 2X or 5X are awarded, respectively. Catching 3 Wild Volcanoes simultaneously will further activate the game’s “Eruption Feature.”

The Eruption Feature automatically awards 5 re-spins, and the centre Volcano on the third reel becomes an expanded Wild. Not only does the expanded Wild remain in place for each of the re-spins but it also erupts and showers additional random Wilds onto the other reels. Note that the Volcano is counted only once on Reel 3 towards scatter pays and the Eruption Feature cannot be re-triggered. All re-spins are played at the same lines and bet levels as the triggering game.

Another bonus aspect of the Hot Hot Volcano slots game is its Gamble Feature. After each win, the player has the option to guess a card, red or black to double up the winnings, or to pick a suite—hearts, diamonds, spades or clubs—to quadruple the winnings. Choosing correctly allows gambling again and again up to a maximum of five times, otherwise the “Take Win” button can used to collect the payout and return to the slot game mode. To make card selection a bit easier, a history of the suits of past cards drawn provides some useful information.

One other useful option on this slot is its Autoplay function. Clicking on the Autoplay button under the first reel will reveal a pop-up menu for selecting from 5 to 500 effortless re-spins. The game will only pause when the player clicks on “Stop Spin” or the number of spins are used up. Note that the Gamble Feature is disabled during the Autoplay mode.

The sound of jungle drums accompanies each spin of the reels. It is possible to turn the audio on or off by using the “Sound” switch on the pull-down “Options” menu at the very top of the screen. With the exception of the Wild Volcano, reel symbols do not animate when they are part of winning combinations.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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