The Heat Is On is a slot about the classic battle between cops and robbers. The game centres around a bank heist where a suitcase of gold bars is the grand prize. The perpetrator of the crime is a female brunette dressed in a revealing blue jumpsuit. The cop leading the chase wears a similar revealing uniform, complete with fluffy pink handcuffs. Throw in fast cars, motorbikes and helicopters and the heat is well and truly on.
Unusually, you have two wild symbols instead of one in this game. There are additional bonus wins when they work together. A free spins bonus round is the highlight, where you can win an enormous 80 spins.
This MicroGaming designed slot plays out on the very popular 5×3 reel configuration found on most online slots today. The game features a total of 45 win-lines and each spin comes at the cost of 50 credits (or multiples of this).
Aside from the wilds and the scatters, the highest paying symbol in the game is the suitcase of gold. Land this symbol five times in a row on a win line and you’ll pick up 225 coins. The helicopter comes next and has a top prize of 175 coins, followed by the cop car at 100 coins. The criminal on her motorbike and a bomb (complete with a timer) both have a max win of 100 coins.
At the low end of the pay table you’ll find the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. The pay outs for the playing cards range from 100 coins through to 50.
The game features two wild symbols – the cop and the criminal. Each of these will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter symbol. On many occasions you’ll find them stacked on the reels. Land a five in a row win with either of the wilds and you’ll pick up 1,000 coins. A combination of the two wild symbols across an entire win line will also pay, with 500 coins heading your way as a bonus.
The bank itself, stood on the corner of an intersection acts as the scatter. This scatter is slightly unusual as it can appear twice on reels 2 and 3, while only once on other reels. Land the maximum 7 scatters on the reels and you’ll win 150 coins, while pay-outs are awarded all the way down to 3 scatters.
To enter the free spins feature you’ll need to land scatter symbols on three or more consecutive reels from left to right. 3, 4 or 5 consecutive reels will award you 5, 10 or 20 free spins respectively. However, this is not the end of the story. If you land two scatters on reel 2 or reel 3, the number of spins awarded will be doubled. Land two scatters on reel 2 AND reel 3 and the number of spins will be multiplied by 4. Land scatters on all five reels and double up on reels 2 and 3 and an amazing 80 free spins are yours! More good news is that another series of scatters on the reels during the feature will retrigger it!
The background image to the game shows a blurry image of a road in a city scene, signifying the speed of the chase. The game has a tongue-in-cheek, humorous feel – both the cop and the criminal are more interested in how they look than the crime itself. Each of the symbols is designed in the style of a cartoon and impressive animation hits the screen when you win. Both the cop and the criminal look out and wink at you, only adding to the fun feel of the game. The accompanying soundtrack is exactly what you might expect from a 1970’s cop TV show.
The Heat Is On is a slot which is high on entertainment – fans of the Charlie’s Angels movie or TV series will recognise a similar humour in the game. Visually, the slot is arresting (see what I did there?) and the gameplay throughout keeps you involved. Having a pair of wild symbols is a good, original touch, especially with those bonus wins when they line up. The feature is excellent, especially if you land one of those large numbers. Grab all 80 free spins and you’re sure to walk away with a healthy win