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The wombat says: Call me old fashioned, but this current trend where everyone and his dog needs to get tatted up to their lugholes is beyond me. Having that said, it’s almost a miracle that this wombat made it through the 90s without ending up with at least one dodgy tribal or Celtic tattoo. But enough of this grumpy old wombat’s sermon, let’s see whether there’s this game is a winner, or if it will get under our skin, just like those tattoos…
Look and Feel
Hot Ink is a slot all about tattoos, and your protagonists are the body modification enthusiasts Angie and Luci. It’s pretty dark (kind of like the Victorian Villain slot), but the drawings are fantastic. Their parlour is where they hang out together with their entourage of tattoo artists. The music is loud, the needles are whizzing and single shoulder tattoos are highly frowned upon. The graphics are actually very nice, all hand-drawn and intricate! Perhaps we’ll reconsider that tat after all…
Hot Ink has 5 reels, 5 rows and is a ‘1,024 ways to win’ slot from Microgaming- the people behind the Kings of Cash slot machine, Tomb Raider and Jungle Jim. Your symbols seem to be a ‘who’s who’ of tattoo templates and include; the dice, a winged heart, an eight ball, and a horse shoe. Then of course there’s the koi carps. How many forearms would be completely naked without colourful kois? Anyway, the kois act as Scatters in the game, and landing 3x or more of them will trigger the bonus feature. Finally there’s also the Hot Ink logo, which acts as the Wild symbol.
It’s a Free Spins feature for you Wombat Fans, once you’ve landed those Scatters. But first you must click on the arm, back and leg albums to match 3x tattoo symbols on the body of our local tattoo enthusiast (to make the task at hand even easier she decided to strip down to her underwear, excellent).
If these tat styles match, you’ll win 10 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier. Even though it doesn’t sound spectacular, if you’re on a good run you can end the bonus round with some chunky cash wins in your coffers.
Then there’s the respins – you can respin any reel for a fee. So if you are missing one symbol to complete a 4x or 5x of kind combo, it’s a good opportunity to give this feature a whirl. But be careful not to go crazy, as the respins will eat away your bankroll.
Hot Ink is a very good game. It’s been around for already a couple of years but doesn’t look dated like many of the games we come across (such as the Winning Wizards slot machine for example) and we really like the mechanics of this slot. Nowadays a base game is just something you grind through until you trigger a bonus feature, but Hot Ink slot a release has a decent base game with sizeable wins. The respin feature also helps to shift this balance.
In terms of variance, Hot Ink slot is somewhere in the middle. And, what else might be of interest is that a little birdie told me that this game has got very good payout rate, probably above 97%! All in all, it’s a good ‘un.