casinosonline.net.nz – Of the several EGT slot titles hosted at Novomatic casinos that have a distinct retro feel, 5 Dazzling Hot is the one with the fewest paylines. As the name suggests, there are only 5, and the player must bet on all 5 for every spin. However, bets can be varied from 1 to 20 credits per line, so the title accommodates most budgets.
The major attraction to 5 Dazzling Hot and slots like it is the limited number of vintage fruit-machine symbols in play. There are only eight icons in total, most of them juicy, colourful, 3D fruit. Fewer symbols means a better chance of creating matching combinations, so nostalgic players are also seeing the odds tilted slightly in their favour. The progressive jackpots are also a draw card.
Detailed but Simple Game Symbols and Play
In common with similar EGT/Novomatic retro titles, 5 Dazzling Hot uses rich 3D artwork, but fairly simple, if finely detailed, designs. The plain reels hang against a fiery red backdrop, and the symbols are in bold colours, surrounded by a white glow. Wins are celebrated by animated flames licking all the winning symbols. As is customary in fruit-machine style games, the cherries score a consolation win for two matches. Reel 1 on a payline: 5X the line bet.
All other 5 Dazzling Hot symbols require three matches or better to win, and the cherries, olives, orange and lemons win matching prizes of 20X, 50X or 200X the line bet for three, four or five of a kind. The bunch of grapes and the watermelon also win matching values: 50X, 200X or 500X.
More Prizes from Wild and Scatter
The traditional icons continue into 5 Dazzling Hot’s Wild, a Lucky Number 7 rendered as a bold red stand-alone letter, and the Scatter, a big, bright gold star. Apart from its standard substitution role, the Wild wins prizes of its own when it forms matching Wild combos from Reel 1 on the same payline: 100X, 1,000X and 5,000X the line bet for three, four or five matches.
The 5 Dazzling Hot Scatter does not trigger a free spins round, again a limitation that stays faithful to the earliest mechanical slots. Instead, it can form winning combinations of three, four or five in any positions on the reels, without them needing to be on the same payline. The Scatter wins 10X, 50X or 250X the line bet.
Four Linked Progressive Jackpots
A feature common to many of the retro slots available at Novomatic is the Jackpot Cards network at casino mate. 5 Dazzling Hot is linked into this network, as players can see from the four meters above the reels that tick over continually, as the four progressive jackpots identified by card suits increase according to the number of people playing on the network.
The Jackpot Cards feature can be triggered at random after any 5 Dazzling Hot spin. When it occurs, the player is given a set of concealed cards to pick from. They need to match three cards of the same suit, to win the progressive jackpot that corresponds to that suit.