|Manufacturer:||High 5 Games||Bet Per Spin:||£0.10 – £15.00|
|Bonus Features:||Yes||Free Spins:||Yes|
|RTP:||96.00%||Game Type:||Video Slot|
If you’re after something a little different then we may just have an online slot machine which will keep things interesting – Hot Blox is developed by High 5 Games and it’s all based around a gameplay mechanic we’ve not seen before so keep reading to find out how it works.
Hot Blox takes place on the playing area shown above with nine blocks displaying four symbols in each; there’s a fiery backdrop to those reels so we have the ‘Hot’ and the ‘Blox’.
The familiar high value symbols include the pink seven, the golden bell, the cherries and the four leaf clover; J, Q, K and A are the lower values. There’s no wild symbol in Hot Blox but there is a diamond scatter symbol.
Hot Blox Bonus Features
Each of the nine blocks spins independently to reveal four symbols and the primary aim is to land four matching symbols in one block – this block or blocks then pays out according to the paytable.
However that’s not all because around the outside of each block there’s a charging meter which is filled up by being part of a non-winning spin; after sixteen such spins it will become charged and if a 2×2 symbol is formed then the payouts are multiplied in the following way.
- One 2×2 Symbol – 2x stake multiplier.
- Two 2×2 Matching Symbols – 3x stake multiplier.
- Three 2×2 Matching Symbols – 5x stake multiplier.
- Four 2×2 Matching Symbols – 7x stake multiplier.
- Five 2×2 Matching Symbols – 10x stake multiplier.
- Six 2×2 Matching Symbols – 20x stake multiplier.
- Seven 2×2 Matching Symbols – 30x stake multiplier.
- Eight 2×2 Matching Symbols – 50x stake multiplier.
- Nine 2×2 Matching Symbols – 100x stake multiplier.
A win on a charged block will reset the meter back to zero but non-winning spin will just reduce the charge.
Creating three or four 2×2 scatter diamonds anywhere in view will award seven or ten free spins respectively; at the start of each spin random number of blocks will become charged, making bigger wins a bit more likely.
Hot Blox is a pretty clever slot, even if it did take us a while to work out what’s going on; the charging feature certainly makes you want to keep playing and there’s a decent RTP of exactly 96.00%.