Money Heat is a fiery looking 5 reel, 30 payline slot from Ainsworth. The highlight of the base game is the stacked wild. The action really warms up in the bonus round though which offers up to 15 free spins with wins boosted by a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier. Play from between 30p and £3,000 per spin.

Like many slots from Ainsworth, Money Heat is a little underwhelming when it comes to design. Symbols include melting A to 9 values as well as a king of hearts playing card, a casino chip, a brick of cash and dice. They’re all embellished with flames. The best of the symbols is the pile of gold bars – land 3, 4 or 5 of these on a payline and you’ll win 50, 100 or 1,000 coins.

Helping your winning chances in the base game is the dollar sign which is the wild – it doesn’t offer any pays but it can land fully stacked and fill any or all of reels 3, 4 and 5.

Money Heat comes with a Free Games feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land the gold coin scatter. Hit 3, 4 or 5 of them on the same spin and you’ll win a payout equal to 2, 10 or 50 times your total stake. You’ll also get 10 free spins.

Things are a little different here as a 6th reel comes into play. On it, spin 2x, 3x and 5x multipliers which are applied to all payouts from that spin. You’ll also see a gold coin, boosting your hopes of a re-trigger. Land 3 scatters and an extra 5 free spins are added to your total. Also joining the action on the middle reel is gold dollar. This is a multiplier wild that can also boost payouts by 2x, 3x and 5x.

Money Heat is standard Ainsworth fare – it’s not the most sophisticated in terms of visuals and the backing track is typically generic. The range of features isn’t especially wide but the multipliers in the bonus round offer some interest.

With a title like Money Heat, we expected some scorching hot action here. It’s solid enough but a bit of a damp squib overall and one for Ainsworth aficionados only. If you’re looking for heat, Novomatic’s Serengeti Heat is recommended.