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Hotline 2™ videoslot brings back the hotlines, but better!

Two years passed between from the day NetEnt launched Hotline™ and Hotline 2™. The two slots are very much alike and NetEnt basically recycled the name, the theme, the background and the video slot features. However, there’s one big difference between the two Miami Vice-themed slots and that is that the Hotline™ slot offers a better Free Spins feature. Keep reading to find out why the Hotline 2™ videoslot is the better version!

“NetEnt is offering a wild return to the burning hot Miami streets in Hotline 2™, building on the original’s success with a revamped free spins round”!

The first Miami Vice experience…

Two years ago, in 2018, NetEnt launched the first Miami Vice episode. This is a branded name, though, and that’s probably why it isn’t called the Miami Vice™ slot. It’s forbidden to use a brand name when you didn’t sign a deal with the party behind it.

So we’re talking about the Hotline™ slot here, but whoever watched Miami Vice will see a lot of similarities between the two games. The 80s, the sunny streets of Miami, two detectives at work who look a lot like the original characters. There’s no way around it, the Hotline™ slot is NetEnt’s first episode of Miami Twice!

“Hotline™ is a real favourite among NetEnt fans, so it made sense to expand the franchise with a sequel that ramps up the party feel and packs in more action,” said Andy Whitworth, NetEnt Chief Commercial Officer. “The new free spins feature perfectly complements the much-loved Hotline Bonus Bet of the original, adding another layer of excitement for maximum engagement.”

Now the second episode of Miami Twice arrived at the NetEnt Casinos, bringing the successor to Hotline™, but better! After all, we’re not talking Hollywood here, we’re talking NetEnt. This means a second version is a better version. This time, we mainly see the Free Spins feature revamped for an even better slot experience.

Time to follow the detectives Quinn and Riviera in the Hotline 2™ slot to see how femme fatale Kitty Weiss challenges the detectives once again!

The second Miami Vice experience…

Now the successor to the Hotline™ slot is available at the NetEnt Casino, we can have a good look at the two games. What exactly do the two Miami Vice-themed slots share and what’s new?

Hotline™

  • Miami Vice theme
  • Two detectives
  • Kitty Weiss
  • Jewellery symbols
  • 5 reels, 3 rows
  • Wilds
  • Expanding Wilds
  • Re-Spin
  • Free Spins
  • Hotline Bonus Bet

Hotline 2™

  • Miami Vice theme
  • Two detectives
  • Kitty Weiss
  • Jewellery symbols
  • 5 reels 3 rows (main game) 3-6-6-6-3 (Free Spins)
  • Wilds
  • Expanding Wilds
  • Free Spins with Expanding Reels
  • Hotline Bonus Bet
  • Buy feature

It’s obvious that NetEnt recycled a lot of characteristics from the Hotline™ slot, and we could call it lazy. Just until you see what NetEnt did to the Free Spins feature. Why changing what has been a huge success? Simply, because NetEnt always manages to go better with new inventions popping up in their games all the time!

That’s exactly what’s different between the Hotline™ slot and the Hotline 2™ videoslot. In the beginning, you think you’re playing the exact same game until you see the reels expanding. That’s when you know it’s Hotline 2™ you play!

Hotline 2™ videoslot

How can the Hotline feature be better in Hotline 2™ videoslot?

Just like its predecessor, NetEnt added the Hotline feature in the Hotline 2™ videoslot. In Hotline™ it was the middle row that was initially a hotline. In Hotline 2™, it’s the middle reel. Later on, you understand why this makes such a big difference.

  • In Hotline™, you can change the hotline from the middle row to row 1, 2 or 3 or all three of them.
  • In Hotline 2™, you can change the hotline from the middle reel to reel 2, 3 or 4 or all three of them.

So hotlines became vertical instead of horizontal and NetEnt has a good reason to do so. Because it’s the only way to add a maximum of three symbols to the reels during Free Spins. The image below shows exactly how that will look like and why the Hotline 2™ is different from its predecessor and worth giving a try!

Hotline 2™ videoslot Free Spins

Hotlines

Now I explained all the differences between the two Hotline slots, it’s time to have a quick look into the slot features. Obviously, I wrote an extended Hotline 2™ videoslot review, but it doesn’t harm to give a shorter version.

You place a Hotline Bonus Bet and you activate more Hotline reels for more Expanding Wilds to appear. Only if a Wild symbol lands on a Hotline, it expands to cover the entire reel.

Once you experienced the Hotline feature, you know it’s worth it to pay a higher bet for more of the Expanding Wilds to appear.

Wild symbols can appear on reels 2, 3, and 4 in the main game and Free Spins. As usual, they substitute for all symbols except for Scatters.

Free Spins

Three Scatters activate the same number of 7 Free Spins. Wild symbols on a hotline increase the height of a reel in order to create more bet ways.

The number of bet ways in Free Spins starts with 243 going up to 1944 if all three hotlines expand to the maximum of 6 symbols!


By on 28 August, 2020