The Playboy slot machine game from Bally Technologies is a 5 reel, 40 payline video slots game. Playboy slots borrow the theme from Hugh Hefner’s magazine empire, so the symbols on the reels feature Playboy bunnies and models from the magazine. The game includes expanding wild symbols, free spins, and free games. The game is available in denominations as low as a penny per line per spin.
Like most slots games, Playboy Hot Zone doesn’t require much skill from the player. You put your coins in, your press the “Spin” button, and you hope for the best. But it’s always a good idea to learn as much as you can about how the game works before getting started. After all, slot machines are more fun when you actually understand what’s happening on the screen in front of you.
The game is available in the following denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.05, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, $0.25, $0.50, $1, $2, $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100. Since the max bet is 200 credits, you’re looking at wagering between $2.00 and $20,000 per spin. This makes the game appropriate for some low rollers, but at the high end, it’s one of the highest limit slot machines you can find for high rollers.
The top jackpot for this game is 1000 credits multiplied by what you’ve bet per line multiplied by your denomination. So if you’re playing for a penny per spin, the top jackpot is $10, although you could win on multiple paylines. You can also play for multiple coins per line, so that would also increase the top jackpot.
The Bally Technologies official page for the game indicates that the game’s hit frequency is 38.58%. That means you’ll hit a winning combination almost 2 out of every 5 spins. Of course, hit frequency doesn’t reflect payback percentage; to calculate that, you’d need more information about how frequently certain symbols and combinations are going to appear.
Playboy Hot Zone slots don’t feature actual images from the magazine. Instead, it features cartoons based on the magazine’s iconic founder, Hugh Hefner, and various cartoon pin-up models. The rest of the reel symbols are made up of the 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A, which are, of course, borrowed from traditional card games.
The animation and the sound effects for this game are smooth and pleasant, but the game’s theme isn’t as well represented as I would have liked. Only 25% of the reel symbols at any given time have anything to do with Playboy. The rest are the card ranks, cherries, and dollar signs. The generic card rank symbols lack flavor, making this entire game a bland experience. It’s not quite as bland as playing something that’s uber-traditional, like Double Diamonds, but it’s bland nonetheless. You do occasionally get some 3D animation of characters (cheesecake style pin up models) popping up on the screen.
The bonus games and free spins are fun and exciting, though. And they come up often enough to keep you entertained.
Playboy is a popular mens magazine founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953. For decades it was notorious for publishing nude photos of pin up models, but the magazine also featured high quality articles, fiction, and interviews. With the rise of the Internet in the 1990s, people have become less willing to pay for magazines. In fact, since nudity is so easily found on the Internet, one of Playboy’s biggest selling points no longer matters.
Playboy has managed to maintain business viability by licensing their brand. You can find a bewildering number of products with Playboy’s iconic bunny symbol on them. Slot machines are just one area that Playboy has made money licensing, and Bally Technologies is not the only manufacturer to pay for the license and produce a game.
Playboy Hot Zone slots from Bally Technology can be a lot of fun, but don’t expect the theme to be especially overt. The gameplay is great, but you can find better implementations of the brand in slot machines from other manufacturers.