Mia Gardner | 26 Aug 2020
With just a quick glance it can be seen that NetEnt have once again gone all out, building a completely believable storyline within Hotline 2’s theme. The artwork is vibrant, the characters are highly detailed, and the fun doesn’t stop. Players join James “Sonny” Crockett and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs as they go undercover to infiltrate a crime syndicate.
It is all just as silly as it sounds, and nothing short of a total laugh to behold. NetEnt have once again nailed it, and delivered a slot that is sure to be a smash hit.
Closer inspection reveals that the 5 reel, 3 row, medium volatility sequel carries over what fans loved from the original, but with a good amount of effort made to build on it. A 243 Ways to Win system is utilised, but that number can be expanded to as much as 1,944 Ways To Win during a Free Spins Sequence. This in itself is already interesting, but there is much more.
Hotline 2 also incorporates the original’s much loved Bonus Bet. This feature allows players to pay an additional sum upfront, which will increase the chances of Expanding Wilds landing on the reels. It is a fantastic idea that puts the power in the player’s hands, allowing them to have a direct influence over payout potential.
But it is the Free Spins mode, however, that really lets Hotline 2 shine and take things to a new level.
Trust NetEnt to not only introduce a truly interesting feature, but also dress it up in a way that completely defies expectations.
Upon 3 Pink Flamingos landing on the reels, Free Spins are granted and will play out automatically. But, if a Wild lands on the centre 3 reels during a Free Spins sequence, not only will an additional spin be granted, but that reel will also expand upwards by 1. This can be triggered repeatedly, eventually expanding all 3 centre reels to a maximum of 6 rows, thereby increasing the Ways To Win.
Note that a cinematic, fully animated car chase involving flashy sports models is glimpsed each time a reel expands, standing as testimony to how passionate the developer are about delivering pure, adrenaline fuelled fun.
Hotline 2 can now be enjoyed on desktop and mobile, and is a slots experience that is guaranteed to make fans of the original smile from ear to ear.