Low volatility and RTP (95.32%) are just the worst of this mediocre slot’s many shortcomings.
Lucky Hot is another fruit machine style slot in the EGT’s "Hot" line of games. The "Hot" here mostly refers to the orange colour palette and not to the game’s attractiveness.
The fruit machine style manifests in the symbols which, as well as classic fruit like cherries, also sports lucky sevens, bells, stars and bars. In keeping with the simplicity of old slot machines, this one offers simple visuals with a plain orange background for the reels and a black background for the symbols.
If you’re a fan of this kind of minimalism, this won’t put you off. Though players more used to an immersive world – or just some varied visuals – will be disappointed.
The graphics and animations for this slot are pretty basic. The buttons and background all look like they were made using an early 2000s edition of Java.
However, they are functional. The reel spins are clean, the win animations are clear, and the sound effects are just good enough to let the player know what’s going on at each point without adding anything to the experience.
Functional, but not elegant, has never been an apter phrase.
Like many fruit machine style slots, Lucky Hot is played on a three by three grid.
Payouts are for three in a row so there are five win lines corresponding to the five straight lines of three you can form.
There is a gamble feature allowing players to play double or nothing for their winnings. The game is a simple red or black style game where you must predict the colour of the next card off a deck.
There are also four progressive jackpots which can be randomly triggered (see below for detail).
There is no Wild symbol and no bonuses or free spins in Lucky Hot. However, it does have multipliers for a filling every spot on the reels and there is a system of jackpots.
If you hit nine of the same symbol then the payouts for the five winlines which you will hit are doubled.
At the end of a spin, the jackpot can be triggered. Should the jackpot be randomly triggered at the end of a spin, then the player is offered a picking game with twelve cards. Each card has the name of a jackpot on the back and the player must pick cards until they get three of the same kind.
The corresponding jackpot is then paid out to the player. Naturally, the cards for the highest jackpot are less frequent and the smallest jackpot are most frequent.
The return to player of this game is 95.32%, well below our yardstick for average of roughly 96%. A low RTP means the game is more expensive to play in the long run and should probably be avoided unless it makes up for it in some impressive way.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.05 up to a maximum of $/£/€100.00 per spin.
The volatility of this game is low to medium, which makes it a poor match for our preferred slot machine strategies. Our slot strategies target the highest possible volatility in the slots we chose.
If players opt to give Lucky Hot a go, it will most likely be for the chance of hitting the big jackpots.
The game offers players very little in terms of fun setting or varied gameplay, and the visuals are harsh to look at and as basic as they come.
The low volatility also makes this slot useless to those players using our slot machine strategies.