40 Burning Hot is a perfectly serviceable if rather bland slot with an RTP of 95.93% and medium volatility.
Some slot themes have become successful in ways that are hard to explain. The Hot series from EGT, for example, are all united by a similar visual style and a general use of fruit machine iconography. Some, like 40 Burning Hot, use the EGT progressive jackpot system, some don’t. Almost all of them use an orange colour scheme.
40 Burning Hot marks itself out as different with a mildly Irish twist on the formula: a green background is the biggest difference, but the four leafed clovers on the reels are also new.
This slot should work for most people who like a pretty straightforward theme, and aren’t looking for world building or story with their gambling kicks.
The graphics are a little clunky. They use the EGT software and borrow artwork from other games in the Hot series.
The animations are simple and straightforward. They do the job of keeping the gameplay outcomes clear to the player, but don’t add much in the way of style or atmosphere.
There is no music to go with all this. Just the basic spin and win sounds.
The gameplay is pretty straightforward, the forty win lines of the title span a grid of five reels with four rows each.
There is a gamble feature that allows players to play double or nothing by guessing what colour the next card off a digital deck will be.
The main reason to play is that it gives the player a shot at the jackpot system (details below).
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Dollar and Star symbols.
The Dollar and Star symbols are Scatter symbols that pay out for three or more symbols anywhere on the reels.
The Dollar symbol appears on all reels and pays out three times the player’s total bet for three symbols, twenty times for four symbols, and one hundred times for five.
The Star symbol only appears on reels one, three and five and pays out twenty times the total bet for landing one on each of those three reels.
There are four progressive jackpots.
The Jackpot Feature may trigger the end of any random spin. When triggered, the Jackpot Feature begins with the player being offered a picking game with twelve cards. Each card has the name of one of the four progressive jackpots on the back. The player picks cards until three of the same jackpots are named.
The jackpot whose symbol appears on the three matching cards is then awarded to the player.
The return to player of this game is 95.93%, barely under our rough yardstick for average of about 96%.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.40 up to a maximum of $/£/€80.00 per spin.
The volatility of this game is medium. Our preferred slot strategies use high volatility, so this slot is only a weak match for those. However, players who prefer lower volatility may find this to be a plus in a way that we don’t.
Overall 40 Burning Hot doesn’t do much of anything new and fails to distinguish itself from the many other Hot games in the EGT stable. Though if you like those games, it means you will almost certainly like this one.
The gameplay is solid but uninspired, which is also true of just about everything about this slot, from the visuals to the RTP.