Voodoo Hex: Slot Overview
Rewind the clock back more than a century to experience the past with Peter & Sons in an online slot titled Voodoo Hex. The year is 1921, and the setting is New Orleans' historic French Quarter, where a mysterious Voodoo Shop resides on a misty street while Mardi Gras hums on the other side of town. Inside the shop, a former priest weaves spells in an attempt to gain Oshun's favour by 'transforming the streets into a magic ritual', the likes of which are unprecedented...
So goes the back story to Voodoo Hex, setting the mood and complimenting the audio-visual side of things. On the front end, Voodoo Hex's base game takes place at night, on a quaint patch of New Orleans, just outside the previously mentioned Voodoo Shop. The game uses a transparent 3x3 grid, where 9 symbols hang in the air, firing off three-of-a-kind wins and triggering various features. The game has a slightly darkish Nightmare Before Christmas feel and delivers a collage of the sort of individual art, sounds, and animations Peter & Sons excel at producing.
Voodoo Hex is a medium-high volatile slot that is playable on all devices, providing stakes of 10 p/c to £/€50. It comes with four different RTP versions, varying from 96.3% at the most before dropping to 86.1% at the least, depending on the jurisdiction. Hit frequency weighs in at 22.66%, or somewhere between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 spins produces a winning spin, and the game comes packed with a double-take-inducing max win figure.
The symbols found in Voodoo Hex help players dive deeper into the voodoo theme. This includes 8 normal pay symbols, divided into four lower value cards displaying moons, eyes, bones, and potions, worth 0.3 to 0.6x the bet, then dolls, heads, snakes, and a character symbol as the highs, paying 1-2.5x the bet. A bottle containing golden liquid is the wild symbol, landing on all reels to substitute any of the pay symbols. If wilds create wins of themselves, they pay 5 times the stake.
Voodoo Hex: Slot Features
To have a chance of reaching Voodoo Hex's sizable top prize will mean maximising features such as Mystery Stacks Respins, a Progressive Multiplier, and Free Spins.
Mystery Stacks Respins
When two reels are filled with the same type of symbol, the Mystery Stacks Respins feature is triggered. The symbols on the stacked reels and any associated symbols on the third reel transform into Mystery Symbols which can reveal a random type of symbol or coins with random values. On each respin, the Mystery Symbols move down one position. Respins end when no more Mystery Symbols are left in view.
When activating the Mystery Stacks Respin feature, each respin increases the win multiplier by +1. This multiplier is applied to any wins created during the sequence. In the base game, multipliers are reset before the next paid spin.
Hitting a scatter symbol in the centre position during the main game triggers free spins. The amount you win is randomised and could be 5, 7, 9, or 11 free spins. Free spins begin with a global progressive multiplier of x1, which increases by +1 with each spin and respin.
If you are willing and able to access free spins right away, hit the bonus buy button to check the options. These are 51x for 7 free spins, 110x for 15 free spins, or 70x for a random number of free spins.
Voodoo Hex: Slot Verdict
Well, they are consistent, and Peter & Sons have once again created an online slot that is easy on the eyes. They've kept things relatively cheerful from a theme perspective, not going quite as heavy as a game like Voodoo Gold, for example. P&S tends to present its slots in a frolicsome manner, and Voodoo Hex has plenty of quirky personality. We were also reminded of Relax Gaming's slot Hex, which, when it was released, had something of a Peter & Sons look about it. On a side note, Voodoo Hex got us wondering if we'd curiously venture into a real Voodoo Shop or power walk past, leaving that part of life undisturbed? Voodoo Hex presents the belief system in an innocuous way, and Peter & Sons has used its expertise to portray a fun, magically minded slot.
Don't worry; Voodoo Hex is also full of traditional voodoo items such as skulls, dolls, potions, magic, and a miscellaneous selection of associated tokens. It's also got a lot of multipliers to help increase winning possibilities. You'll probably need all the multiplicative help you can get, too, since max full-screen wins aren't amazing at 25x the bet. With that in mind, Voodoo Hex's potential might come as a shock, clocking in at 9,400x. As stated, since the most profitable raw full grid win is 25x the bet when made up of wilds or 12.5x for the highest value pay symbol, we get the feeling heroic levels of multiplier progression may be needed to tap the game's full potential or even get anywhere near it.
But officially, at least, the chance is there, and the impressive win numbers are the icing on the cake of what is a charming three-reel game. Voodoo Hex is a neat package, delivering an enticing representation of an earlier era of New Orleans, complemented by appealing looks, sounds, and winning possibilities. It has to be said though, Voodoo Hex's shelf life is not likely to be too long-lasting, and the claimed max win potential seems a bit over the top, yet it's a game well worth spending a couple of sessions on just to see what it's capable of delivering.
For an eccentric three-reel slot with a surprising amount of firepower, Voodoo Hex ticks many of the right boxes.