This NetEnt slot is not about Miami Vice, but it has a lot in common with the popular 80s series! This was already the case in the Hotline™ slot launched in 2018. The Hotline 2™ slot obviously brings a sequel to this game with the same two detectives and femme fatale!
This simply means it’s not James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs that we find on the reels in the Hotline 2™ slot. Instead, NetEnt brings back detectives Quinn and Riviera.
Detectives Quinn and Riviera are brought in to investigate a jewelry store robbery in sunny Miami. But what started out as a simple jewelry heist investigation just got a whole lot more complicated when it turns out the devious Kitty Weiss is involved!
Keep reading to find out who Kitty Weiss is and what has changed in the Hotline 2™ slot. Unlike it’s the case with films, a video slot sequel often brings a better gameplay!
Miami Vice returns to the reels!
In 2018, we saw the detectives Quinn and Riviera introduced in the Hotline™ slot. The same goes for the femme fatale and all three of them, they are back in the Hotline 2™ slot!
Just as the predecessor, also Hotline 2™ offers the hot Twilight Miami backdrop! To add to the 80s excitement, the retro-cool soundtrack is back. And so is the sound hot wheels so typical for both of the Hotline™ games.
In the Hotline 2™ slot, detectives Quinn and Riviera investigate a robbery in a jewellery store in the heart of Miami. Nothing is what it seems, and the detectives are challenged with a complicated investigation.
What started out as a simple robbery, gets more complicated when it turns out that femme fatale and master criminal Kitty Weiss has something to do with it.
What’s new in the Hotline 2™ slot?
As mentioned before, a NetEnt sequel promises a better version. Unlike in the film industry, a sequel to a video slot often brings an improved version. Of course, NetEnt recycled the Hotline Bonus bet, but in the sequel, the three middle reels can expand.
This means that not the middle row is a standard hotline, but the middle reel. It makes a difference as you could make all 3 rows hotline in the first version. Now it’s the three middle reels. Therefore, reel 1 and reel 5 can never be hotline. In return, the 3 hotlines can expand from 3 symbols to 6 symbols during Free Spins.
The Hotline™ slot offered a very standard 5×3 reels. Throughout the game, the layout remained the same. The Hotline 2™ slot, on the other hand, starts with the same layout.
The main game of the two games are alike still, but the big change comes as soon the Free Spins feature opens. This recycled slot feature brings new Expanding Wild symbols along. This means these were not available in the Hotline™ slot yet. Keep reading to see what this new Free Spins feature is all about.
The Return to Player in the Hotline™ slot was between 96.13% and 97.04%. The sequel brings a nicer gameplay and bigger wins, but the Return to Player doesn’t come higher than 96.05%.
There are a few changes to be found in the betting options as well. The minimum bet went from 0.15 to 0.10 in the Hotline 2™ slot while the maximum bet ends at 150.00 instead of 450.00 as this was the case in the Hotline™ slot.
Overall, this doesn’t really matter. The game offers a good level of excitement thanks to the Expanding Wild in the Free Spins feature. And it’s this same feature that’s responsible for the big wins.
Hotline 2™ slot features
Fans of the original Miami Vice type of game will enjoy the time-tested Hotline Bonus Bet feature that gives the players an opportunity to win more Expanding Wilds by raising the wager. At the same time, Free Spins have been completely revamped and now have Wilds expanding the reels and creating up to 1944 bet ways.
Hotline main game
In the main game, reel 3 is a hotline. However, you can decide to change the hotline to another reel or to make all three middle rows hotlines. The one and only reason why you would like three hotlines, is that the Wild only expands on a hotline.
That’s also why you want to keep an eye on reel 3. You simply want Wilds to appear on your hotline reels. Because that’s where Wild symbols expand to cover the entire reel.
Don’t forget that adding hotlines come at an extra cost. But, I happen to know that it’ll increase the Return to Player while adding much more excitement to the game. Totally worth it!
Just like this was the case in the Hotline™ slot, three Scatters activate 7 Free Spins. More exciting in the Hotline 2™ slot is the fact that hotlines during Free Spins can expand to 6 symbols. As you see in the above image, this leads to a distinctive game layout. The reels have the ability to expand from 5×3 to 3-6-6-6-3 which will activate up to 1944 ways to win!