Hot Air is a slot from Microgaming, a developer that’s recognized for the quality of the slots they put out. The action in Hot Air delivers hot air balloons and other types of flying machines, but most of them looking on the classic side, so not very advanced. You have a background filled with hot air balloons, as well as many symbols which sport the same flying machines. The features of Hot Air deliver a wild symbol, a 3x multiplier, a scatter and free spins. Your wagers will activate at most 30 lines, while the 5 reels will spin and will pay up to $1,000.
Betting and Prizes
It’s not the kind of game that someone with a big budget will like. You do have 30 lines that you can use, and you can have up to 10 coins on each one, for a total of 300 coins, but the coin values are incredibly low. They go only from $0.01 to $0.05, so the 300 coins I mentioned above will mean only a bet of $15, each line getting $0.50.
Since the big payout of Hot Air is at only 2,000x, and the line bet at $0.50 or lower, the most you can win from a combo will be $1,000 in the base game. It may double to $2,000 during free spins, but it can’t go higher than that.
Hot Air Slot Features
The Pilot is the one you need to get to form a combo of five icons, in order to pay you the big prize, of up to 20,000 coins (2,000x). This symbol, as you may expect, is also the wild feature of Hot Air. Expect it to be of use to you as a replacement for a symbol that you’re missing, allowing you to form a new combo when it’s in the right position. Multipliers of 3x will apply to wins every single time you have a wild in a combo.
The Balloon, a scatter symbol, can also be of great use to you, in more than one way. First, it’s a way to get a prize, rewarding you with 1x to 100x the value of the bet, when you have two to five such symbols anywhere on the reels. Second, you trigger the free spins when three or more are present in the game. The feature has 10 free games for you, with doubled wins from a multiplier that applies every single time you get paid. You can get even higher multipliers as you play this game. You get one extra spin for the appearance of a Pilot symbol, and a +1 multiplier for each Balloon scatter that rears its head.
Theme & Design
It’s a rather pleasant game, one with a theme that is not overused, with a focus on flying and on hot air balloons especially. You get a beautiful scene in the background, of forests and hills above which a crowd of hot air balloons hover, enjoying a sunset. There is a small airplane as well in the mix, an old one. The symbols give you pilots, hot air balloons, birds, picnic baskets and poker letters.
I enjoyed what Hot Air slot had to offer, even though its initial top payouts are not particularly impressive. It’s a cheap game to play though, so it’s partially understandable.