Review of Bally’s Hot Zone Slot Machine
Hot Zone Slots is a 5-reel, 40 payline gaming machine from Bally Technologies. In fact, “Hot Zone” denotes an entire series of slot machines from Bally. The two most popular versions are Playboy Hot Zone Slots and Sea Goddess Hot Zone Slots. You are likely to see either one of these in your local casinos. Each can be found in the major gaming destinations like Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Tunica.
Since “Hot Zone” is a feature which appears on multiple gaming machines, this article will take a slightly different tack. First, I want to discuss the Hot Zone game feature, so you’ll know what it is when you see it on any machine. I’ll then discuss the individual machines, so you know something about the various titles and can seek out the ones which you find best suit your playing style.
How Hot Zone Works
When you get into the Hot Zone game mode, the wild symbols remain on the screen. I’ve seen where the 5×5 game screen gets filled up with stacked wild symbols, which expend across the entire reel. When you enter this kind of hot zone, the jackpot starts to spiral upward. It’s a nice feeling to know that the wild symbols are suddenly working for you. As the free spins continue, you can fill up the entire screen with wilds–though this is rare.
Playboy Hot Zone Slots
If this game seems familiar to you, then you might have played the Playboy Hot Zone Slots game. This uses Bally Technologies’ Hot Zone game feature, but on a machine which is licensed to carry images from Hugh Hefner’s iconic Playboy Men’s Magazine. This is a gaming machine which stands out in the casino.
Playboy Hot Zone Slots is a 5-reel, 40 payline slot machine with a 200 credit max bet. The coin denomination on the game are the 1¢, 2¢, 3¢, 5¢, 10¢, 15¢, 20¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1.00, $2.00, $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, and $100.00 options. The top payout is 1000 coins times the original bet. While its hit frequency is only 38.58%, this game does come with a free games features and the Hot Zone feature I discussed in detail above.
Playboy Multiple Free Rounds
Playboy Hot Zone Slots has multiple free spin rounds: 8 spins, 10 spins, and 20 spins. The max payout per line on this mode is 1000 credits times your original bet. If you wagered $400 on the spin which triggered this bonus event, you’ll win $400,000 dollars.
Playboy Hot Zone Graphics
In my opinion, slot machine graphics can be overstated at times. While it’s nice to be offered nice art design and novel symbols on the reels, this takes a secondary role to the actually odds, payouts, and jackpots. Most of the time, graphics on a slot machine are like wrappers on candy bars–only there to get your attention.
That’s not the case with the Playboy Slots Series. Let’s say that Playboy pictures are somewhat visual in nature, so it’s important that Bally Technologies offers its latest graphical technologies with the Playboy Hot Zone Slots 22-inch touch-sensitive LCD display. On the other hand, this gaming machines doesn’t use the 42-inch Hammerhead display, so those slots players who prefer not to call attention to themselves can sit in peace and not be bothered by too many gawkers.
Playboy Hot Zone Mobile Gaming
For those who enjoy online gambling, there are mobile Playboy Hot Zone apps for the Android operating system and the Apple iOS operating system. Any device which runs the Android OS is going to be compatible with Playboy Hot Zones Slots. The same goes for the ioS devices: the iPad tablet computer, the iPhone smartphone, and the iPod devices. This even comes with “Game Locator” technology, which makes it easy to locate mobile gaming opportunities in your area.
Sea Goddess Hot Zone Slots
The Sea Goddess version of Hot Zones Slots goes in a different direction. The game offers four bonus features: WILD symbols, free games with a 5x multiplier, a Nudge bonus, and a Drop Zone Bonus.
The Hot Zone Wild Patterns allow “Hot Zones” to land in any position on reels 1 through 5. Any time the Hot Zone WILD symbol appears, every symbol on the reel becomes wild. When three or more Sea Goddess Bonus appear on the screen, 8 free spins are triggered. These free spins come with a 5x multiplier which does not have to be unlocked–it is standard in the game at all times.
Sea Goddess Nudge Bonus and Pearl Bonus
The nudge bonus appears randomly, but it pushes the Hot Zone downward on the reels, so any symbol on the Hot Zone reel becomes wild. Finally, when three pearl symbols appear on the second, third, and fourth reels, the player is allowed to select a pearl symbol to see was the bonus is. This bonus is dropped randomly onto the reels and becomes wild.
As you can see, the Sea Goddess Hot Zone and Playboy Hot Zone games have little in common besides the “Hot Zone” feature. One offers top-level visuals and a big jackpot. The other offers a myriad of game features, so you get plenty of gaming action throughout your slots sessions. To players who want to try all the many slot machine experiences they can find, I recommend giving both of them a try.