Review of Bally’s Hand of the Devil Slot Machine
The Hand of the Devil from Bally is a 5-reel, 30-payline slot machine. Like all slots from Bally Technologies, it requires the player to wager on each line. Most customers shouldn’t mind, but penny players should definitely take note.
The game initially earned a legion of followers in real-life casinos, and then it was unleashed on the Internet slots community. The response has been positive. Gamblers praise the bonus round and its locking wild feature.
Hand of the Devil allows the player to choose from 19 different denominations on each spin. These include the following: 0.01 through 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.50, 1 through 5, and 10.
In addition to the normal cost per line, this slot also requires a bonus wager equal to 10x the bet per line. I wasn’t a fan of this requirement at all, and I doubt most players will even realize that the slot is taking extra money from their account (even though it’s clearly labeled).
With the bonus wager tacked on, the cheapest spin is going to cost you 0.40. On the other end of the spectrum, the most you can spend on a single spin is 400.
This section includes a list of all the symbols found in Hand of the Devil, including their monetary values and appearance.
- Winged Spade – The flaming spade symbol with two demonic wings pays $10, $3.75, and $0.75.
- Horned Diamond – The flaming diamond symbol, complete with horns and a tail, pays $10, $3.75, and $0.75.
- Evil Heart – This icon, which includes devil wings, pitchforks, and five of these symbols pay $10, $3.75, and $0.75.
- Smoke-covered Spade – This card rank with hellish smoke crawling up it pays $10, $3.75, and $0.75.
- Ace and King – These symbols are what you’d expect to find on a poker card. They pay $2.50, $1.25, or $0.25 for 5-coin, 4-coin, and 3-coin combinations.
- Nine, Ten, Jack, Queen – These less-than-exciting symbols pay $2.50, $1.25, or $0.25.
The Flaming Wild icon substitutes for all symbols except Hand of the Devil. It appears on reels two through five and is only present during the base game. The Flaming Wilds complete any winning combination.
The Hand of the Devil is the game’s scatter symbol only appears during the base game. Getting three or more on the reels awards 10 free games and a locking wild multiplier. The scatter symbol also pays the following: $20, $10, $4, or $2.
Free Games Bonus Feature
If three, four, or five Hand of the Devil symbols turn up, a wall of flame washes over the screen and transports the player to the bonus round. During this phase, the player receives 10 complimentary spins that are valued the same as the initial line wager. No additional spins can be unlocked.
The next step requires the Prince of Darkness to randomly select your free game wild symbol, and the options include a series of poker hands. These five symbols are only present during the bonus round, and they offer multipliers ranging from 1x to 5x.
If the poker hand that was selected for you turns up during a free spin, it locks into position on the reel until the bonus phase is complete. Once a couple of these are in place, you’ll notice your bonus total start to climb dramatically.
When no free spins remain on Hand of Devil from Bally, another wall of flame envelops the screen. A counter shows the amount of money won during the phase, and then it’s back to the regular reels for more fiendish fun.
A bonus bet is offered on Hand of the Devil Slots. The bonus bet is 10x the bet per line, so high rollers should like that betting option.
No Auto Play
Most Bally games offer an auto play feature that allows the player to sit back while the reels spin on their own. It’s a handy option, especially if you’ve been clicking your controls repeatedly for over 30 minutes.
That is a good thing, though. The auto-play feature makes the betting go faster, so you face the house edge more times in an hour of play. It saves money to play manually, though it can be tiresome hitting “Spin” after a time.
Sounds and Graphics
As might be expected from a Bally product, the graphics on Hand of the Devil aren’t going to knock your socks off. They do show more originality than many of the company’s games, but anyone expecting animated reels is likely to leave disappointed.
The sound, meanwhile, is better than usual. A sinister rhythm track accompanies each spin, and the booming voice of Satan chimes in with statements such as “Five of a kind,” “How good was that,” and “I’m choosing your locking wild.” My favorite, however, is the scorching saxophone that accompanies the bonus round.