Welcome to Hell! But don’t worry: In the Hot as Hades online slot game, Hell is a cartoonishy sort of burning, demon-populated land – the kind of place where human souls enjoy the oversized eyes of their captors and pastel colors about the place as they’re eternally tormented. The animation style in general essentially resembles Disney’s animated film “Hercules” done up in 3D slots style. But let’s talk about the nice bonus features in the Hot as Hades slot.
The Hot as Hades slot game is played on five reels and 20 paylines for fixed amounts of 20¢ to $50 – you don’t want to cover fewer than 20 ‘lines anyway; who does that?) and uses a symbol set populated by a cadre of gods and near-gods. The usual suspects like Hades, Cerberus the three-headed dog, Medus and various demons are all here along with the Ace through 9 symbols. (Hey, guys, how about instead of literally chucking souls into Sisyphean-style hellholes we just play a little Texas Hold ‘Em instead? Whatsay?)
First up, the randomly-awarded Super Bonus provides the doubly nice perk of five free spins plus up to three sticky wilds staying on the reels for the entirety of the free games. This bonus round doesn’t appear too frequently is what is a high-variance slot, but those lucky players who receive this award rack up the coins for sure.
Those typical triggers for free spins, the scatter symbols (here, the demon skull, which still weirds me out), serve something of a different function in the Hot as Hades slot game. Landing two of these on a single spin wins the player’s wager back; three or more starts up the “Quest for the Crystal Helm” bonus round. True, it’s grandiose-sounding but damn if this round isn’t truly huge.
Done in the “leveling up” fashion of many video games today, the “Quest for the Crystal Helm” has players traveling the underworld and outwitting adversaries (some gnarly demons) for bonus rewards; this isn’t as hellish and spiritually challenging as it might sound, as “pick ‘em” rounds are all that’s required of the player to master. Finding Cerberus among the hidden will award all prizes for the given level. Revealing a “pitfall” ends the bonus round; complete all four levels to reach Zeus’s chamber and win the crystal helm, i.e. lots of coins.
(We think Microgaming and its software developers are going slightly outside of traditional mythology here, but jackpot is jackpot, eh?)
The Hot as Hades online slot game: Going to hell in a handbasket – but that’s a good thing!