It’s time to get hot. It’s time to get smoking hot, when you join Hades, god of the underworld, on the adventure of a lifetime in this cartoon style game from Microgaming – Hot as Hades. This hellishly good slot doesn’t hold back when it comes to fiendishly fierce features and offers up a devilishly good 20 fixed paylines to get those wins rolling in.
Take a trip into hell and be greeted with a fun experience that incorporates the best of Greek mythology designed like a fun and cool cartoon. Get to grips with the snakes on Medusa’s head and spin the reels full of the creatures of old to try and get a taste of heaven when you hit the 100,000-coin jackpot that’s on offer. This hellish experience can dish up some very godly wins.
Hot as Hades is a very welcome addition to the Greek God themed slots, as it provides a comic relief. Compared to many of the other slots of this genre, it doesn’t take itself seriously as its cartoon design gives it more of a fun, tongue in cheek feel. The 5-reel, 3-row game is set in hell – the home of Hades, who rules the underworld and the dead. The backdrop is full of dark rocks and bright fires and sets the scene perfectly. Occasionally Hades and Cerberus wander through the screens, smiling at us in a very sinister fashion.
On the reels, which are decorated with Greek style patterns, there are lots of perfectly designed Greek symbols. The bold playing card symbols are brightly coloured and are adorned with royal symbols. Then there are the higher paying symbols that bring the big money. These are represented by Cerberus – the 3-headed dog, Medusa, Poseidon, Zeus, and of course Hades himself. The seriously hot symbols are the Hot as Hades logo which is the wild, and the crystal helm – which is the scatter and the real star of the show.
Starting with the base game, after you’ve picked your bet size and started spinning, you could find yourself hitting the Super Mode Free Spins, which needs no scatters – it is just triggered randomly, on any spin. You are awarded 5 Free Spins. Then, an on-screen event, involving one of the characters can occur and this will change that character into a held wild for the rest of those Free Spins. You can get 3 held wilds during the feature, which can lead to great wins. Also, should you get 3 held wilds, then a 2-times multiplier will be applied to your winnings. You could end up walking away with a massive 2,000-times your bet in this round.
Quest for the Crystal Helm
The Quest for the Crystal Helm bonus round is definitely the game’s main attraction. When you land 3 or more of the Crystal Helm scatters anywhere on the reels, you get to start the quest. Your task is to reclaim that Crystal Helm which is being guarded by Hades siblings. The quest has 5 levels with one pick available on each level.
The first level transports you to the Pillars of Awesomeness. Here you need to pick a pot. There are 4 cash prizes up for grabs and 1 Win All pot.
The next level is Medusa’s Gaze. You then choose 1 of the 5 paths where there are 3 cash prizes, a Win All option and an End option.
Should you make it to level 3, you’ll be in Poseidon’s Ocean where you have to pick a shell. This level has 2 End options, so you need to tread, and pick, very carefully.
Make level 4 and you’ll be confronted with Zeus’ Stairway where you get to pick from the 4 clouds. There are 2 cash prizes here and 2 end options.
The final level, number 5, should you get this far, is the Chamber of the Crystal Skull. You then pick a chest – but you get 2 choices here. This is where you can hit the big win as you’ll get all the available prizes in the feature. It’s a simple game that can give you the most exciting wins.
Explore Hot as Hades Symbols
Hot as Hades Logo Wild
This hot symbol is great because not only does it substitute for every symbol on the reels, except the scatter, but when it contributes to a winning combination, it offers a 2-times multiplier to boot. To add even more, these are also high paying symbols in their own right. Land all 5 on a winning payline and it’s a big win coming your way.
Crystal Helm Scatter Symbol
This symbol is the key to the game’s main attraction, the Quest for the Crystal Helm, which is where the big wins lie. Not only that, but the scatter is also a big payer in itself and should you manage to land 3 to 5 on a payline, not only do you get the feature, but you get a great cash win too.
Payouts and Wagering Limits
This 20-payline game allows you to place your bets anywhere between a very low $0.20 per spin and a pretty solid $50 per spin. Obviously, a lot of the big wins on the game can come from the Crystal Helm bonus feature, but the base game can also dish out some pretty hot wins if you hit the symbols right.
Firstly, we have the lower symbols – the playing cards. They start with the lowest being the 10 and J symbol, which award you 0.5x, 1.5x and 5x your bet for getting 3, 4 or 5 on one of the paylines. This moves up when you hit the Q to 1x, 2x or 10x your bet for 3, 4 and 5 on a payline. The highest of the low paying symbols are the K which awards you 1x, 2x and 15x your wager and the A which gives you 1x, 3x and 20x your bet for landing 3, 4 or 5 on the reels.
Moving on to the higher paying symbols, the lowest of these is Cerberus. He awards you with 1.25x, 2.5x and 20x your bet for getting 3, 4 or 5 on the reels. Medusa offers more with 3 to 5 symbols giving you 1.25x, 3.75x and 25x your bet. Then we have Poseidon who grants you 1.5x, 5x and 30x your bet and Zeus who blesses you with 2x, 7.5x and 40x your bet for 3, 4 or 5 on the reels. The top of the high paying symbols is Hades who gives you 2.5x, 7.5x and 40x your bet for landing between 3 and 5 on the reels.
Of course, there are the special symbols that also award for landing on the paylines. The scatter gives you 1x, 2x, 20x and 100x your bet for getting 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. The wild gives you 5x, 20x and 100x your bet for landing between 3 and 5 on a payline. It also gives you a 2x multiplier for any other winning combination it’s part of.
Hot as Hades
This game is gorgeous. Simple as that. The game is graphically brilliant, and the background sounds of pizzicato stringed instruments, xylophones, fortissimo brass and a female voice choir really adds to the atmosphere. However, that’s just the aesthetics. The real beauty lies within the game itself.
This medium to high variance game has a lot going for it. There is a chance to win massively high payouts. The Free Spins are random, and you never know when you’re going to get them. Then there’s the wonderful Bonus Quest which is not only fun and exciting, but can award you with a huge amount of money. It’s a game that captures the essence of the Greek underworld but manages to transport you to heaven with some divine wins.
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