Barcrest has taken the good old fruit machine brought it slap bang up to date in Hot Slot. Featuring classic looks, Hot Shot is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot that’s played out over 5 different machines, 1 of which offers a return to player rate of over 100 percent! Stakes range from just 10p per spin for the microstakes players, right up to an eye watering £500 per spin for the high rollers.

As soon as you’re ready to start spinning, you’ll be given the choice of 5 reel sets to play on. Each 1 is 5 reel, 10 payline machine that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever played a slot before.

Each reel set has the look of a classic fruity and includes oranges, cherries and lemons which offer between 10 and 150 times your line bet and bells, lemons and red and blue sevens which pay between 20 and 200. The Blue Bar offers 50 to 400 coins with between 70 and 500 coins on offer courtesy of the purple bar.

The best of the standard symbols is the yellow seven which will get you 2,500 times your line bet for a 5 symbol combination. They’re joined by the Wild which does just what you’d expect it to.

You’ll notice there aren’t any scatters which means no free spins feature. In fact, there are no bonus features to speak of. Apart that is, from the Hot Slot – 1 of the 5 machines offers superior Return to Player rate than the others. The standard RTP rate stands at 95% but if you’re lucky enough to pick the Hot Slot that rises to in excess of 100%!

Once selected, the Hot Slot will remain the same until the countdown reaches zero. If you want to change the machine you’re playing on, just click on the machine above the main reel set.

Hot Slot also gives the option of playing in Big Bet mode which increases your chances of landing the hot reels. This is a series of five linked spins. To do this, you have to play at a minimum of £10 and instead of five slots to choose from, you’ll only be given three, one of which will be the Hot Slot. Up that to £15 and you’ll have a 50/50 chance of landing the Hot Slot.

The old school fruity remains a firm favourite with slot fans. Trying to keep it fresh is a constant quest for developers so Barcrest deserves a pat on the back for this modern day makeover. Hot Slot is actually a pretty simple affair and one that lacks much in the features department. If you want free spins, pick me bonuses or multipliers you’d be advised to look elsewhere (Rainbow Riches by Barcrest is decent). If you want the thrill of an old classic given a neat little twist, Hot Slot fits the bill.