With a name like Lucky Hot, it's no surprise that this slot machine by Euro Games Technology is a classic 3-reel retro game. Unfortunately, there isn't anything particularly scorching about the gameplay with an absence of free spins, wild symbols and scatter icons. That said, there is a 15,000-credit jackpot on offer as well as some simple 2x multipliers. Plus, this EGT game features all of the classic extra features that you might expect from the software provider, such as a “Jackpot Cards” side game and a 50/50 gamble element.
Modern day online slot machines are increasingly designed to be bigger, bolder and filled with bonus side features. This slot, on the other hand, keeps it nice and simple by reverting back to basics with a fruit machine theme of arcade proportions. There are only 3 reels and no more than 5 paylines on which to line up a series of instantly recognisable game symbols. Involved in the medley of fruits are cherries, lemons, oranges, and plums, while a few other vintage slot machine favourites make an appearance such as bells, bars, stars and sevens.
Visually, Lucky Hot is fairly colourful and pleasant to look at, but it doesn't particularly offer anything mind blowing other than a little bit of fiery animation whenever matching symbols are lined up. What's more, there aren't even any interesting sound effects unless you happen to chance upon a winning sequence, in which event a basic arcade jingle will play.
The 5 paylines of this 3-reel slot machine are permanently fixed into position, with three running horizontally and two going diagonally. That means that there is a decent chance to find a winning line of symbols as far as 3-reel slot machines go. If that was to happen then a line bet multiplier will be awarded as a prize starting from as little as 5x for three aligned bell symbols. Next up are the fruits, all of which will pay 40x the value of the bet per line for a winning row. Bar icons may 60x, stars pay 200x and a row of 7s will pay the biggest line bet multiplier of 750x.
The wins don't stop there, however. Because this slot machine offers a special multiplier symbol which will double the value of all wins from a spin which results in all 9 reels positions being filled with fruit icons.
Unfortunately, the wagers on offer are quite limited. In fact, there are only five options to choose from – 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100. With this in mind, Lucky Hot might not be very well suited for spinners who want to take huge risks in order to take home huge payouts. In fact, the most that is available to win with a maximum 100 credit bet is limited at 15,000 credits, which isn't particularly mind-blowing by any stretch of the imagination.
Even with such a low-scale payout system, players of this slot machine will always be able to boost their wins with a double or nothing gamble game. This is a fairly standard side game which asks punters to simply guess whether a turned over playing card is red or black. Guess right and you will double your wins from the qualifying spin and you will be offered another chance to guess. Guess wrong and all the original winnings and any accrued gamble wins will be lost and you will go back to the reels empty handed.
All wins that are less than 35x the value of the total bet are eligible for this 50/50 game of risk.
Another intriguing (and potentially rewarding) gameplay element of Lucy Hot is the special “Jackpot Cards” side game. This features runs on more or less every EGT slot machine and it's very straightforward to play. You will see 12 face down playing cards and you have to find three matching suits. If you are successful then you will win the progressive jackpot that matches the suit – these prizes can be seen ever increasing in value at the top of the screen.
How do you start this game? Well, you'll have to cross your fingers and hope, because this bonus feature is awarded to spinners at random.
If this slot machine were provided by any other software designer, then it might not be very interesting at all. That is because the simple theme and basic gameplay of the base game is redeemed by the inclusion of EGT's special extra features such as the gamble round and Jackpot Cards bonus. Other than these elements, Lucky Hot is as simple and straightforward as they come.