Based on the Dutch electro house DJ, Hardwell is a 5 reel, 25 payline slot from Stake Logic. Highlights of this DJ set include a lock and spin feature where up to 15 symbols can transform into the same one and a free spins round with modifiers including multipliers of up to 10x, win both ways payouts, extra wilds or expanding wilds. Play on all devices from between 25p and £50 per spin.

A DJ booth in a throbbing nightclub is the setting for Hardwell. The reels are made up of neon style cherries, lemons, oranges, plums and lemons as well as headphones, decks and speakers. Hardwell himself is the top payer, awarding 2, 4 or 10 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination. There’s also a wild that can land on reels 2 and 4 only and replace all other symbols apart from the bonus.

Land 2 or 3 bonus symbols in reels 1, 3 and 5 and you’ll trigger the Hardwell Bonus feature – you’ll get 10 free spins. You then click on 1 of the 4 Mystery Symbols which will reveal a Mystery Reel Upgrade. You’ll play your free spins with 1 (or possibly more) of the following extras active:

  • Win Multiplier – this randomly boosts payouts by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 10x.
  • Win Both Ways – winning combinations can form right to left as well as from the more usual left to right.
  • Wild Fruit – 1 of the lower value fruity symbols is chosen at random. When this symbol lands on the middle reel, it will turn into a wild.
  • Expanding Wilds – any standard wild that hits (but not the fruit wild) will expand to fill the whole of the reel when they hit.

Re-triggers are possible here. 1 bonus symbol awards 5 free spins with 1 reel upgrade. 2 bonus symbols will get you 10 free spins with 2 reel upgrades. 3 bonus symbols offer 20 free spins with 3 reel upgrades.

The second main extra on offer in Hardwell is the Super Spin feature – standard symbols lock in place and the reels respin. The respins continue as long as a matching symbol joins the cluster. You could see the gold disc symbols lock in place. When between 8 and 15 of these gold discs have landed, they all transform into the same matching symbol and a new payout consideration is made.

The visuals are crisply done and the high energy soundtrack matches the theme nicely. The range of extras isn’t wide but offers plenty of potential, especially the Hardwell Bonus feature. Re-trigger the round to get extra free spins with multiple reel upgrades and there’s some cracking action on offer.

We weren’t really familiar with the work of Hardwell when we first opened up this slot. Even if you’re not a dance music fan, the reel upgrades make this slot well worth a spin as you can win up to 2,500 times your stake on each free spin with a 10x multiplier. I also recommend you try ELK Studios’ DJ Wild which has a similar theme.