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Released August 2020
The Hotline 2 slot game can be found at Net Entertainment casinos. Net Entertainment are one of the most established software providers on the market, being founded in 1996. Net Entertainment are a Swedish company but gained enough success to have offices all over the world. Net Entertainment do make the house edge information of their slots games available and this can be found in the help files of the game (usually accessed by pressing the ‘?’ button at the bottom left of the game window). As such, we can state that the House Edge for Hotline 2 is 3.49%.
Hotline 2 is played out over 5 reels, with each reel sitting at 3 symbols high in each reel. Instead of paylines you form wins when you land matching symbols across 3 adjacent reels. There are 243 different ways to win in the base game, but in the Free Spins this can rise to 1944 if the reels reach their maximum capacity.
Theme – Hotline has an 80s theme and I guess you could argue that it also has a driving theme too. Think Miami Vice you’re not too far off the over look and feel of this slot. Palm trees and dodgy moustaches are the order of the day, which along with walkie talkies and red Ferraris evoke the decade that is constantly back in vogue.
Hotlines – When you start up the game you will notice the central reels has an orange outline surrounding it. This area is known as a Hotline. You can increase the Hotline to up to 3 reels but each increase of hotline will result in an increase in the size of the bet by either x2 or x3, depending on how much you expand the hotline by.
Wild – The Car symbols are the slot’s Wilds. They only land on reels 2, 3 and 4 and will substitute for all symbols other than Scatters. During the base game if a Wild lands on a Hotline, it will expand to fill the reel, but only if doing so will result in a win. If the Hotline is 2 or 3 reels in size it will fill all of them.
Scatter – The Scatter symbol is the “Neon Flamingo”. You need to land 3 or more of them on reels 2, 3 and 4 to trigger the Free Spins feature.
Free Spins – If you trigger the Free Spins you will be given 7 Free Spins in total. During your spins if you land a Wild symbol on a hotline, not only will it fill the hotline but it will also increase the size of the reel it has landed on by one symbol space. This will then increase the number of winways that are available up to a maximum of 1944 way in total. A Hotline reel that reaches its maximum height will award 3 additional spins, whereas a reel that expands that is not a Hotline will award 1 additional spin if it reaches its maximum height.
Buy Now – At any point you can choose to pay to play the Free Spins. This will cost 60, 120 or 180 times the bet depending on how may hotlines you want to have active.
Hotline 2 is the latest release in the Hotline franchise and in this instance the designers have tried their best to make the most of those hotlines. The take up 1 to 3 reels in the slot, depending on how much you are willing spend on each to your spins to get them. Interestingly, the house edge, which begins at a good level and actually increases with more hotlines in play. This suggests that over time you would be better off not using the additional hotlines. You also get Free Spins in this slot that come with expanding reels and that can be bought, something that might not be available in all jurisdictions.