Hot Chilliways: Slot Overview
If slots are anything to go by, Latin America sure looks like one fun place. In the online world, it seems like the sun's always out, the food is fiery, the colours bright, and every other day offers something to celebrate. How closely this represents reality is up for discussion, but much of the positive points have been squeezed into Hot Chilliways, an online slot from Stakelogic and partner Hurricane Games.
Hot Chilliways is certainly held in a bright spot. The base game is, at least, which takes place in the daytime, on a street that looks a little like the one used in Pragmatic Play's Chilli Heat Megaways though the actual game is obviously heavily inspired (to put it nicely) by Big Time Gaming's super smash hit Extra Chilli Megaways in terms of mechanics. We're talking sunshine, quaint casas, barrels, chilli bunches, and colourful decorations. For free spins, the game moves out of town to a night-time location lit by a luminous moon amidst cacti, mountains, and a wagon. Why the action makes such a dramatic location shift isn't elaborated on, but it's easy enough to just roll with. In both scenarios, the soundtrack is spirited, mostly being one of those lively Mariachi-style numbers.
Medium-high volatile, Hot Chilliways packs one of the spiciest win numbers seen in a Stakelogic slot. The RTP is sturdy as well, coming in with the highest default value of 96.18%, keeping in mind there is no mention of whether it changes when buying free spins or activating the Super Stake. Regular bets vary from 20 p/c to £/€10, or double the amount, when activating the Super Stake, which adds extra scatter symbols to the reels, making it more likely to win free spins.
Played on a dynamic 6-reel, players are initially provided with 3 rows and 729 ways to win. Symbols pay from left to right on consecutive reels, starting at the leftmost reel, and there are 11 regular paying symbols. These are 9-A card ranks as the lower value types, and tomatoes, corn, cacti, sombreros, and skulls as the premiums. Landing a six-symbol winning combination awards 0.7-0.9 times the stake for the lows and 1-10 times the stake for the highs. Wins are removed from the board by the cascade feature, allowing symbols to drop down into the gaps. Cascade wins trigger again as long as new wins appear.
Hot Chilliways: Slot Features
As well as the pay symbols are a few extra symbols with varying responsibilities, such as the Wild Red Chilli, the Wild Green Chilli, and scatter symbols.
Wild Red Chilli
When Wild Red Chilli symbols hit, the 3 symbols on the reel drop to the bottom position, and 4 symbols are added above them. This means 7 symbols on the reel, increasing ways to win. After the reel has expanded, the Wild Red Chill acts as a wild, substituting all symbols except scatters. Also, in the base game, the Wild Red Chilli adds an x2 to the general win multiplier for the current spin. Reels reset on the next game round.
Wild Green Chilli
The Wild Green Chilli increases the number of ways as well but puts 6 symbols on its reel when it lands instead of 7. Each of the 3 symbols on the reel is split into two, including the Wild Green Chilli. After the reel adjustment, the Wild Green Chilli acts as a wild. For the next spin, the reel resets back to 3 symbols high.
Players win 12, 16, 20, or 24 free spins when 3, 4, 5, or 6+ scatters symbols land in view. Before they start, it is possible to gamble the free spins won in an attempt to win more. To gamble, a red and green segmented wheel spins. Successful gambles add more free spins, up to 30, while unsuccessful gambles lose free spins, down to zero at worst.
In free spins, the Wild Red Chilli symbol adds a total multiplier of between x2-x100 for the current spin when it hits. On the following spin, the multiplier is removed. Scatter symbols remain on the reels during the bonus round so free spins can be retriggered. Lastly, if it is possible in your jurisdiction, players can buy free spins rather than wait for them. The cost for this is 100x the base bet.
Hot Chilliways: Slot Verdict
For a chilli-themed online slot, Hot Chilliways can get pretty heated. It blends theme and features in a way that neither overpowers the other. Instead, Stakelogic has brought them together to create a fun place to enjoy the game in, and technically, Hot Chilliways has the goods to blaze taste buds while players are there.
When it wants to, that is because those Wild Red and Green Chillies often appeared on the righter reels, thereby avoiding a lot of the action. Not always, just saying. This is kind of to be expected since the extra ways, the wild characteristic, and potential multipliers can step up a regular spin. The splitting/adding symbols and extra ways might be reminiscent of what Nolimit City is doing with their x-features, but Hot Chilliways doesn't reach the same level of mind-blowing insanity. Its slower paced, more straightforward, and less bewildering than what NLC is doing. Not saying that the companies are competing on the same turf as such, just comparing the mechanics.
Hot Chilliways does have a few tricks up its sleeve, though. Theoretically, it can expand ways from 729 all the way up to 117,649, should enough Wild Red Chillies hit. While daydreaming about that scenario, why not toss in a collection of win multipliers, and the results could be rather impressive. In fact, Hot Chilliways has a top payout of 30,000x the bet, though it might be interesting to know what the max win probability is. Only wondering because despite successful gambles and free spin retriggers, Hot Chilliways didn't really turn the heat up too high during the review.
To sum up, Hot Chilliways might not be the spark that kick-starts a revolution and it's got nothing on Extra Chilli Megaways, yet if Latin American-themed slots or chilli peppers appeal, Hot Chilliways delivers a warm serving of each.
Hot Chilliways simmers a bit but does have all the necessary ingredients to boil over in the right circumstances.