Mystery Motel: Slot Overview
Developer Hacksaw Gaming adds to their rapidly expanding range of slots with the spookily themed Mystery Motel. There's no mention of it being part of their Pocketz Series of games, but it could just as easily be one of them. Mystery Hotel has the trademark Hacksaw look. Mobile friendly, it bursts at its minimal seams with charisma and characters, not to mention decent potential.
Played on a 5x5, 1,024 win ways grid, this mysterious motel is located somewhere in the nowhere, possibly rural Montana, or something along those lines. The oil painting-like backdrop depicts a misty, full-moon night. A few carefully placed brush strokes have created a desolate rural scene to host the motel. This is the kind of place where anything can happen since screams can't be heard out there in the weeds. The fun soundtrack can be though, laid back when the action is chilled, then going full Mos Eisley Cantina during more action-packed moments. Does Hacksaw have a live band in the studio? It wouldn't be a surprise after listening to this and slots like The Respinners.
While Hacksaw's games generally have a mobile focus, they can be played on any device and Mystery Motel is no different. Players can access a wide range of bets, starting at 20 p/c, rising to £/€100 at the high end. Volatility is also medium/high, while RTP varies depending on whether players make use of the bonus buy. Thankfully, for those who can't access these types of features, the default rating remains solid on 96.3%. Hacksaw mention the chance of winning a prize is 36.5%, so this presumably relates to the hit rate. Another stat you could label as quite high.
There are nine regular pays used in the game - five lows (9-A), and 4 high pay character symbols. They're a little hard to describe, but let's give it a go. First is a guy wielding a butcher's knife, a WW2 Rosie type, a sleepy desk clerk who is actually a werewolf, and a chic dame whose hair falls off. It'll make sense when you see them in action, kind of. As to values, premiums are worth 2 to 10 times the stake for five of a kind.
Another peculiar symbol depicts a green arm reaching out of a suitcase, crying for help. This is the wild, which not only replaces regular symbols to make a win, it also carries a multiplier of x2, x3, or x5. More than one multiplier in a win sees their values multiplied together, up to a maximum of x625.
Mystery Hotel: Slot Features
There's not a whole lot going on in the base game although there's a chance to land some solid wins. Things get significantly more interesting when you land 3 or more octopus ravaged automobile bonus symbols to trigger the bonus wheel.
This cylindrical device, reminiscent of what we've seen in ELK's slot Chi, consists of three levels displaying arrows, multipliers, or free spin. If the wheel lands on an arrow, players advance to the next level where the prize values increase. Landing on a multiplier pays out a fixed cash prize, whilst the free spin symbols award the free spins game. At the top level, it is possible to win up to 20 free spins and prizes of 1,000x the bet. Bonus symbols only appear in the base game.
Another way of winning free spins, is by landing 3 or more free spin symbols in the base game. Once in, here you'll benefit from more wild multipliers being present, upping the chance of scoring a big win. Landing three or more free spins symbols in the feature adds 5 more spins, which can happen at most, 10 times.
Lastly, players may be able to buy the bonuses rather than waiting for them to trigger. There are three options, of varying cost and return:
- 58x the bet buys the bonus game with an RTP of 97.62%.
- 105x the bet buys 12 free spins with an RTP of 96.13%.
- 175x the bet buys 20 free spins with an RTP of 96.19%.
Mystery Hotel: Slot Verdict
Mystery Hotel follows on from Hacksaw's previous slot Haunted Circus. In fact, on closer inspection, they have a lot more in common than just spooky(ish) themes. Both rely on wild multipliers, and both offer a similar three-level bonus wheel of arrows, bet multipliers, plus free spin prizes. The two slots might not be exact clones, but they possess a lot of similarities. Even the tentacles are back. Where they differ primarily, is that Haunted Circus comes with a €2.5 million jackpot and a lower RTP to compensate. Mystery Motel, on the other hand, offers a better theoretical return rate, alongside lower, yet still respectable potential of up to 10,000 times the stake.
As to the presentation, they are dissimilar. Mystery Motel has gone for a quirky, humorous look. It incorporates elements which feel familiar from a dozen other places, depending on what sort of games, books, movies or shows you've seen. There's a bit of Day of the Tentacle in there, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hotel Transylvania, Star Wars for music, take your pick, it's quite the cultural magpie. Not that Mystery Motel is copying anybody as such, it's just fun to reference.
Once again, the power of multiplying multipliers is on full display. In Mystery Motel nothing can launch a win into orbit like having several of them transform the value of a regular win. Free Spins is where they show up in greater numbers. It can be tempting to try and back door free spins by shelling out for the bonus game. Sometimes this approach paid off, and up to 20 free spins could be won. Beware though; there is nothing more frustrating than dropping 58x to unlock the bonus game and ending up with an x2 win from the lowest level of the wheel, and the risk of that happening is quite big too.
Mystery Motel is a slot offering good stats, a pleasing package, and a bit of humour. It's like a user-friendlier version of its template slot Haunted Circus, though the trade-off is vastly reduced winning possibilities.
It may not be perfect, but Mystery Motel plays well and looks awesome – two traits that will no doubt attract its fair share of players.