Tattoos Meet Slots in Hot Ink
Hanging against the backdrop of a wall festooned with tattoo designs, the Hot Ink reels have an appropriately vellum-like look to them. This slot title from Microgaming is themed around the ancient art of tattooing, and designers have worked hard to turn it into a visual feast, accompanied by a pumping rock ’n roll soundtrack.
Hot Ink plays on five reels displaying four windows each, but there are no pay lines. Instead, winning combos are formed by any matching symbols on adjacent reels, as long as the sequence begins of Reel 1. This results in 1,024 possible winning combinations, explaining the title’s designation as a 1024 Ways slot. Because of this, prizes on the pay table vary according to the total stake the player bets, rather than being given as a coin multiple of a line bet. All prizes mention as examples below are based on a bet or 2.50 per spin.
Tattoo Art Instead of Poker Symbols
Hot Ink dispenses with Poker symbols completely, using much more visually rewarding tattoo art for the low-value symbols. In order of increasing value, these are a trio of pool 8-balls, an angelic/devilish heart, a star with songbirds, two flaming dice and a ladybird on a four-leaf-clover on a horseshoe. For five of a kind, these symbols win 50.00, 75.00, 100.00, 120.00 and 150.00, respectively.
The higher-value symbols feature the tattoo parlour and the people in it. There’s a view of the tattoo parlour from outside, a view of the chair inside the shop, the tattoo artist himself, and his two beautiful female customers, Luci the brunette and Angel the blonde. Luci and Angel are the top values, and they score equal prizes: 75.00, 100.00 and 750.00 for three, four or five of a kind. The two can also form mixed combos, for reduced prizes.
Hot Ink Wild Logo Does Double Duty
The Hot Ink logo, on a bold purple background, serves as the Wild, and has two functions. It substitutes as usual for all other icons except the Tattoo Bonus symbol, but it can also win prizes for matches of three, four or five Wilds beginning on Reel 1. For five of a kind, this prize is 1,000.00.
Hot Ink also has an innovative Respin Feature: for an added bet after a spin, players can choose to respin one specific reel, hoping to put together a great winning combo. If a new winning combo results, the player wins.
Bonus Comes with Options
If the player lands three or more of the Scatter cards marked Tattoo Bonus anywhere on the reels, they are immediately paid a bonus of 2X, 10X or 100X the bet.
At the same time, Hot Ink also launches the Tattoo Bonus round, giving the player a beautiful customer and a range of closed tattoo design books. The player must choose three designs to tattoo on the customer’s body, and if all three match, a free spins round is awarded. The player gets 10 free spins, during which all wins are doubled.