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Played on 3 x 3 grid, this slot is laid out a little differently than its more mainstream competitors. While some reviewers rated this slot at Medium volatility, I would say it creeps towards the High ranking to sit somewhere in the middle.

The design makes it hard to immediately grasp what’s going on, and the 888 x your bet maximum win isn’t the most exciting. That being said, if the wins are frequent enough then it should still be worth a whirl. As a dish, hot pot is definitely an acquired taste, but let’s find out if these bubbling reels are designed to tickle your taste buds, or put you off soup for good.

  • Low budget players will get many spins for their money
  • The slot pays out frequently
  • Multipliers go a long way toward boosting wins
  • Hot Chilli slot is available to players in Canada
  • There aren’t any real special features
  • While initially interesting, the slot becomes tedious fairly quickly
  • The 3 x 3 grid design isn’t for everybody
TYPEVideo Slot
REELS AND PAYLINES3 reels, 9 paylines
GAME FEATURESMultipliers, Wilds, Scatters
VOLATILITYMedium to High
RANGE OF BET0.09 - 45.00
COIN VALUES0.09, 0.18, 0.27, 0.36, 0.45, 0.54, 0.63, 0.72, 0.81, 0.90, 1.08, 1.35, 1.62, 1.80, 1.89, 2.16, 2.25, 2.43, 2.70, 3.15, 3.60, 4.05, 4.50, 5.40, 6.30, 7.20, 8.10, 9.00, 10.80, 12.60, 13.50, 14.40, 16.20, 18.00, 22.50, 27.00, 31.50, 36.00, 40.50, 45.00
MAXIMUM WIN888 x your bet
PAYOUT95.52%
SOFTWARE PROVIDERPragmatic Play

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Hot Chilli- Theme and Background

First off I’d like to say that Hot Chilli’s graphics and animations are excellent. But, after the first ten times you watch chopsticks picking winning combinations out of the bubbling liquid the fun starts to wear off. The problem is that aside from the ritual fishing for ingredients, nothing else really happens. And after starting too long at mushrooms, beef and corn, I simply began looking forward to my lunch break. Not the effect Pragmatic Play was gunning for, I’m sure.

Everything about this slot is designed to appeal the Asian market. From the symmetrical multiples of nine in the betting options, the deep red color scheme, the hot pot theme, and the 888 x maximum win (8 being the luckiest of numbers in Chinese culture), every aspect has been created to pander toward superstitions and ideations of luck. But players from several parts of the world are free to give this slightly off beat Pragmatic Play slot a go.

The hot pot is prepared in a rather opulent golden dragon pot, and the ingredient symbols are made up of tofu, tomatoes, beef, salmon and mushrooms. Instead of the usual spinning reels, symbols bob up and down in the surface of the spicy soup, forming winning combinations across 9 fixed paylines. The modern, vaguely Chinese, music is paired with the pleasant noise of bubbling liquid. But listen to it too long and you might find yourself in need of a bathroom break more often than is strictly necessary.

Hot Chilli - Gameplay

Forget any particularly exciting special features with this slot. It seems Pragmatic Play poured all its creativity into the design and forgot all about developing the actual gameplay. Of course there are a couple things to look out for, so I’ve run through them quickly below.

Hot Chili Wild Symbol

Wilds

Without the Wild symbol, this slot would not be worth a second of your attention. The entire game rests on the appearance of these symbols across the reels. Represented by a flaming red chilli, the wild substitutes for all symbols except the tofu. It also comes with 2 x, 3 x, 4 x and 5 x multipliers (but more on this next).

Hot Chili Multiplier Wild Symbol

Multiplier Wilds

As we mentioned above, some of the wilds come with 2 x, 3 x, 4 x or 5 x multipliers, which can layer up and combine to create big wins. But this slot also comes with some seriously annoying restrictions. The most glaringly obvious one is the fact that it’s impossible to land three of a kind 5x chilli wilds as the 3x, 4x and 5x wilds only appear in the middle reel.

Hot Chilli - Payouts and Wagering Limits

All symbols pay left to right on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost reel. Take note, though, because there’s an exemption to this pay system. The highest value symbol is the Scatter, represented by a cube of tofu, and if you land 1, 2 or 3 tofu symbols then you’ll receive the corresponding win, regardless of where they landed across the entire grid. That makes the tofu symbol your best bet for big wins in the base game. The biggest profits, however, will be unlocked by the chilli symbols (our Wilds) marked by multipliers. These could come boosted by a 2 x, 3 x, 4 x or 5 x multiplier.

The top reward will come from a 2x-5x-2x wild combination which will give you 555.55 x your bet on a winning payline, and up to 888.88 x your bet when it hits in combination with other symbols. While it’s not exactly the most impressive win potential for most modern slots, it’s not all that bad for a 3 reel game either. Out of the standard symbols, the salmon is the most rewarding, offering players 11.11 x your bet for 3 on a winning payline. And there’s no room for uncertainty with Hot Chilli, because the paytable is laid out on the left side of the grid at all times, making it easy for players to calculate their wins as they spin.

Hot Chilli - Final Verdict

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Final Verdict

Hot Chilli

68%

Initially I was intrigued by this slot’s alternative design and unusual theme. But as is the case with actual hot pots, I quickly tire of them. The main reason why this slot failed to capture my interest long term comes down to the lack of special features. There are no bouts of free spins, cascading symbols or anything of the sort. This isn’t helped by the fact that the layout is extremely limiting and the pay outs are way too low to really generate any real thrills.

Unfortunately Hot Chilli is one of those slots that makes an excellent first impression, but stumbles at the hurdle of captivating the player’s attention for longer than a few minutes.

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