Hot Flame is available to play over all devices meaning players have the opportunity to play wherever and whenever they wish, and the slot can be played for free as well as for real money. Personally, I like to play a slot for free when this feature is available as I can get a true sense of how the game plays before I begin to gamble with my own money. The reels of Hot Flame are set with a starry night in the background and although they have subtle 3D effects there are hardly what players would see as state-of-the-art. Whilst the sky is aesthetically pleasing it really has no bearing on the game and this particular developer has a penchant for using the traditional fruit symbols and Hot Flames is just another in a long line of slots that use this type of symbols. The way in which players can land wins is slightly less conventional and although it is not unique it offers 27 different ways in which winning combinations can be made using the three reels.
Merkur refer to it as a Criss Cross system but I like to think of it more as an easy way to land wins as all the player needs to do is match symbols anywhere on all the reels to win. This simplicity is so easy to comprehend and why this is an ideal slot for novice players. Players that land the cherries on their reels are rewarded with a win worth half of their stake, watermelons, plums, lemons and oranges pay twice the bet when they fill any line, and the three vibrant coloured jewels pay out five times the players bet. The silver bell gives pay outs of ten times the players stake with the red seven awarding a massive x20 of the players stake. Whenever players land a win animated flames shoot from either side of the reels hence the name of the slot.
Landing symbols on the right of the reels can sometimes have a multiplier overlaid on them and these range from x2 – x4 and should this symbol then be part of a winning combination the prize is doubled, tripled or quadrupled respectively. Lucky players that land a complete line of red sevens coupled with a x4 multiplier receive the top win of x80 of their total bet, and this can be boosted further if the player chooses to play one of the two gamble features.
Players have two ways they can multiply their win using the simple card colour guessing game where the player has to guess the right colour of the card that is lying face down and they also have the opportunity to keep going until they have reached the maximum prize, or they guess wrong and the game ends. The other gamble feature is the ladder gamble where the win is highlighted on the ladder and every correct pick moves the player further up the ladder to secure bigger prizes, pick wrong and players move down the ladder rapidly, however players do have the choice to collect the prize at any time.