NetEnt’s Hotline Slot Review

The Hotline slot is powered by Net Entertainment and has 5 reels and 30 paylines – it’s playable from 15p to £450 a spin on desktop, mobile and tablet devices. It has an 80s feel to it and comes with a Hotline Bonus Bet feature where you make a choice to see wilds expanding and sticking for re-spins. There’s also a Free Spins feature where you’ll benefit from expanding sticky wilds. The RTP % is a generous 97.04%.

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Hotline Theme/Symbols

Theme wise, the Hotline slot takes you back to the 80s as it draws its inspiration from retro themed TV shows and popular 80s movies such as Miami Vice – you will see palm trees in the sunset and neon signs in the background and you will hear 80s music. It will remind you of old cop movies.

Symbols on the reels include shining gemstones as well as 3 typically 80s characters (a suave sunglasses-wearing gangster, a permed cop with a gun and a class lady with a brick mobile phone!). The latter is the most rewarding giving you 22.22 times your stake for 5 across a payline. The red sports car is the wild symbol which can appear on any reel – it substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter.

Hotline Bonus Bet feature

Now, central to the action in the Hotline slot is the Hotline Bonus Bet feature which you can choose to activate at will – you can play with 1, 2 or 3 Hotlines which affects your total stake.

  • When you activate 1 Hotline, you will play at 15 coins per level (so 15p to £150 per spin)
  • If you use 2 Hotlines, it will cost you double (30p to £300 per spin).
  • If you want all 3 Hotlines, it will set you back 45 coins (45p to £450 per spin).

The more Hotlines you activate, the higher your chances to get expanding wilds and re-spins – if a wild symbol lands on an activated Hotline, it will expand to take over the whole reel.

Re-Spins feature

When you get an expanding wild, you will also trigger the Re-Spins feature where you get a free re-spin with expanding wild(s). More re-spins will follow if you land new wilds on the activate Hotline – the expanded wild(s) remain sticky until all re-spins have finished.

Free Spins feature

Look out for the sunset scatter symbol as 3 of them appearing simultaneously on reels 1, 3 and 5 will trigger the Free Spins feature where you’re rewarded with 7 free spins. If a wild lands on an activated Hotline, it will expand and remain on the reels until the end of the feature. In theory, you could end up with a screen full of wilds on every free spin!

Hotline slot thoughts

A screen full of wild symbols would result in maximum wins of 400 times your stake on every spin/re-spin/free spin – if you filled the reels with wilds on your first free spin, this would result in a whopping 2,800 times your stake (400 x stake for 7 free spins).

The Hotline slot is a medium variance offering where you can choose your stake size to see how many expanded, sticky wilds you play with. I found playing with 3 Hotlines the best option but it will set you back between 45p and £450 per spin. The more Hotlines you play with, the higher the potential return (RTP %):

  • 1 Hotline in play – 96.13% RTP
  • 2 Hotlines in play – 96.70% RTP
  • 3 Hotlines in play – 97.04% RTP

Overall, Hotline is decent slot from NetEnt which is unique – if you fancy heading back to the 80s though, Big Time Gaming’s The Final Countdown slot should do the trick.

Hotline Slot Information

  • Game:
    Hotline
  • Software:
    Net Entertainment
  • Type:
    Video Slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    30
  • Total Coins:
    15
  • Coins Range:
    0.15-0.45 to 150-450.00
  • Jackpot:
    200
  • Bonus Round:
    Yes (3)
  • Free Spins/Multiplier:
    7/1x
Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.