Hot as Hades Slot
Microgaming have released hundreds of slots in their time, but they do get criticised for a lack of invention and variety. Occasionally though, they release a slot that truly breaks the mould, just like Jurassic Park in 2014.
They've done it again with Hot as Hades, a 5-reel 30-pay line slot with some very nice and amusing graphics, and a few interesting bonus features. The theme of this game is hell, which is ruled over not by Lucifer, but by a cheeky-looking, flamed-haired (literally) chap named Hades – the ancient Greek God of the underworld. Also making an appearance in this game are Hades' three-headed doggie sidekick Cerebus, the god of the sea Poseidon, the snake-haired and snake-hipped Medusa, and the 'one god to rule them all' Zeus. They are joined on the reels by playing card symbols ten to ace.
There are twenty paylines in this game, and they are all fixed. You can select your stake though from 0.20 all the way up to 50.00 per spin. It's not hellishly difficult to work out that the higher your stake, the more valuable winning combinations become. Once you've chosen how much you want to risk, hit the 'Spin' button to encur the wrath of the slots gods.
Payout & bonus rounds
Pernitious payouts begins at 5x your bet-per-line (which is taken as your total stake divided by 20 in this game) for three tens or jacks. The jackpot of 1,000x is earned by landing five selfies of Hades himself.
The 'Hot as Hades' symbol acts as the wild symbol in this slot. It substitutes for all other symbols and any win containing a wild is doubled.
A horned skull acts as the scatter. You need to land only two of them to gain a cash prize, but if you land at least three you obtain access to the 'Quest for the Crystal Helm' bonus game. It's your quest to reclaim the Crystal Helm which has been nicked by Hades' godly chums. There are five levels to this game and each level see Hades take on a different foe – Medusa, Posiedon and Zeus – before you reach level five where it's a case of picking the right chest to see if it contains your prize.
In this game there is also 'Super Mode' which is triggered randomly and awards you five free spins. During these spins wilds may appear which can become sticky and adhere to the reels for the rest of your freebies.
This really is a great looking and entertaining game from Microgaming. The action is livened up by the antics of Hades and Cerebus, who pop onto the reels now and again to see how you are faring. Cerebus seems to be suffering from a severe case of cystitis, but doesn't seem to care.
Why not take Hot as Hades for a spin and see if the reels will be hot for you?