Hot Ink Slot by Microgaming Review
Hot Ink is a slot machine by Microgaming with five reels and 1,024 ways to form winning combinations. The Wild symbol, the bonus symbol and Scatter appear on the game screen. You are invited to play the bonus game and the round with free spins where the rewards are doubled up. In the free spin mode you can receive up to 100,000 coins.
Rules of the game
The Hot Ink slot machine uses two types of in-game currency — demo credits and virtual coins. Your main account is displayed in credits. You can view it in the Demo Credits window. The credits are converted into coins to set the bet per spin and for the initial calculation of rewards for winning combinations.
To change the value of one in-game coin, use the "-" and "+" buttons in the section that looks likes a scull. The minimum value is 0.01 credits, the maximum is 0.25. You can configure the bet per spin in the range of 1 to 10 coins in the Coins section. If you use the standard version of the slot, click the Coins button or the "-" and "+" — in the extended version.
The slot offers 1,024 ways to form winning combinations. You cannot decrease their number, so all 1,024 variants apply to each spin. The total bet in credits is displayed in the Bet section.
You are rewarded for winning combos that consist of similar symbols, if:
- All pictures land on neighbouring reels
- Pictures are counted from left to right, so one of them should be on the first reel
The only exception is the Scatter that wins you payouts and bonuses just by appearing on the game screen regardless of the position.
You can view the multipliers in the pay table — View Pays. The total prize for the combo of the regular and Wild symbols is calculated by multiplying the multiplier indicated in the pay table, the value of the coin and the bet in coins (from 1 to 10). In case of the Scatter symbols, the multiplier from the pay table is multiplied by the total bet.
The Hot Ink slot offers two ways of starting the reels: a standard one — when you click the Spin button and the automatic — when you use the Auto Play function. You have access to the auto spin settings menu only in the extended version of the control console. It is activated by clicking the Expert button at the bottom of the screen. The player selects the number of auto spins and sets the conditions for stopping the reels. There are only two conditions: when you have used all your auto spins or when the payout for one spin is equal or exceeds the amount you specified.
You can view your win for the spin in the Win section. Use the Options menu to:
- activate the QuickSpin — quick spinning of the reels
- hide the control panel
- Adjust the sound level
Symbols and multipliers of the Hot Ink slot machine
The slot features only three special symbols that earn you bonuses in addition to the payouts. You can find their descriptions and bonuses in View Pays and in the Help section that you can open by clicking "?".
The Wild symbol is represented by the picture with the name of the slot (Hot Ink). If it is involved in the winning combo formed by regular symbols, it replaces the missing images. This rule does not apply to the Scatter symbol. It means that you can either form a winning combination or expand it. If the Wild symbols create the combination of their own, they bring you the following multipliers:
- 3 pictures saying "Hot Ink" — х150
- 4 Hot Ink — х250
- 5 Hot Ink — х1 000
The Scatter symbol depicts two fishes. If you collect three symbols and more anywhere on the reels, you will get free spins and multiply the total bet:
- 3 Scatters — multiplier х2
- 4 Scatters — х10
- 5 Scatters — x100
The bonus symbol is a golden slip with the words "Tattoo Bonus". If you collect three symbols or more anywhere on the reels, it will launch the bonus round "Tattoo Bonus" with additional payouts and with a chance to win free spins. Besides, it multiplies the total bet:
- 3 bonus symbols — x2
- 4 bonus symbols — x10
- 5 bonus symbols — x 100
Regular symbols bring you the multipliers for the combos of no less than three, four and five symbols. The low-paying symbols:
- Cherry eight balls — х3, х10 and х50
- A heart with wings — х4, х12 and х75
- A star saying "Shine" — х5, х15 and х100
- Flaming dice — х6, х20 and х120
- A horseshoe — х7, х25 and х150
The high-paying symbols:
- A tattoo studio — х15, х30 and х200
- A chair — х20, х40 and х300
- A tattoo artist — х25, х50 and х400
- Angel or Luci — х75, х100 and х750
If the combination contains the double portrait of Angel and Luci, then the coin multipliers of х50, х75 and х500 are used for three, four and five symbols, accordingly.
Re-spins, free spins and the bonus game
The Hot Ink slot machine features three types of bonuses. You can activate two of them by means of the Scatter and bonus symbols. The third one — Respin Feature — will be available for each spin in the main game. When the spin is completed, you can start the re-spin from any reel by clicking the Respin button. Each click will cost a certain amount of demo credits indicated above the button.
The bonus round with free spin is activated when you collect at least three Scatters with the images of fishes. You get 20 free spins and your initial payouts are doubled. If you collect the Scatters for the second time, it will add 20 free spins, but the payouts will be still multiplied by 2. The round is played in the automatic mode with the bet that was active during the previous spin in the main game. You cannot activate Tattoo Bonus.
The Tattoo Bonus round is launched when you collect at least three bonus symbols with a golden slip. A new window will open where you have to select various items to get a reward. First you have to choose one sketchbook among three. If it contains three identical drawings, you receive 10 free spins and your payouts will be doubled. By playing these free spins you can get more free spins. The prize in the Tattoo Bonus round depends upon the total bet in the main game.