In Hot Neon, Amatic recycles symbols they use with many other slot games, but gives them a thematic twist with neon silhouettes. Amatic furthers the early-80s feel with Atari-like sound effects. With a bonus game that may appeal to experienced players, and simple gameplay that should please rookies, Hot Neon outperforms many of Amatic’s other slot games.
Available in free and paid modes for mobile, tablet and desktop formats, Hot Neon runs on a five-reel, three-row design. It has only five paylines, but these, and the line bet, can be adjusted via onscreen buttons. The Start button triggers individual spins, while the Auto Start button starts and stops automatic spins. To note, the free demo game allows only 20 spins before it shuts down.
As with other Amatic slots, the information screen is a tiny question mark nearly hidden in the upper left-hand window corner, and is missing any mention of the game’s gambling feature.
Offsetting the slot’s dearth of paylines, the individual wins are relatively generous, none of which pay out less than the total bet. All wins require consecutive matching symbols lining up along a payline from left to right, starting from the first reel. The only exception to this is the scatter symbol.
The regular symbols pay as follows:
The game does not have a wild symbol. It does have a scatter Star symbol that starts the bonus game, and delivers decent payouts. As a scatter, it does not need to align in consecutive fields on a payline, instead it can appear anywhere on the reels. Three stars pay 2x the total bet, four stars pay 10x and five stars pay 50x.
Landing three or more Star scatter symbols anywhere on the reels starts up the “Bonusspins” game. The player starts with 15 free spins on reels that function the same as the base reels. While this means there are no unique payouts, the player can win an additional 15 free spins every time three or more scatter Stars appear.
Hot Neon also includes a gambling feature that is available after every win on the regular reels (though not during the Bonusspins game). By guessing a facedown card’s color or suit, a player can increase his or her win. The correct color doubles the payout, while the correct suit quadruples it. One wrong guess results in the full loss of winning amount. Because the information screen includes no information about this feature, it is unknown if gambling can continue indefinitely until the player makes an incorrect choice, or if there’s a limit to the rounds.
The neon style perks up the game’s potentially generic look, while the 1980s beeps and boops add to the experience. Hot Neon thankfully does not reuse the low-quality flame effects utilized in many other Amatic slots. Instead it ignites better-looking lightning zaps during wins.
The shortage of paylines and lack of wild symbols may be concerning to seasoned online slot players, but the higher payouts often make up for this lack. An absence of unique payouts on the regular and bonus reels is also a drawback for gamers seeking thrilling gameplay. But the familiarity of the game’s look and a short learning curve may keep casual players returning for more Hot Neon.