The ‘Hitman’ franchise started out as a video game and such was the success that it has spawned a pair of movies in recent years. The Hitman is Agent 47, an orphan child kidnapped by ‘The Organization’ who have engineered him to be a deadly assassin. Following the game and the movies, the logical next step is an online slot, and MicroGaming have delivered.
This crime based game really hits the target when it comes to features. Head to a laptop and find which individual you want to want to eradicate, enter a free spins bonus round and enjoy expanding wilds too. You’ll even find an entertaining pick me bonus round.
Hitman is a five-reel slot with a total of 15 win-lines. Players can choose to play between 1 and 15 lines and choose a coin amount of between 1 and 20. Auto play and bet max options are offered.
The three leading symbols in the game feature the Hitman himself. The highest paying symbol in the game shows the hitman in action, his hand on the trigger of a rifle as he lines up his target. This symbol pays 4,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. Next on the pay table is a symbol which shows the hitman with a pistol, ready for action. This symbol shows a dark, ominous looking shadow over the face of the hitman. The third symbol shows Agent 47 from the back, the barcode showing on the back of his head.
The subsequent standard symbols all relate to the ‘art’ of the hitman. You have an envelope stuffed with money, various guns, a syringe with green chemicals, a knife and a wire which the hitman will use for strangulation.
The wild symbol shows the hitman holding two pistols. This image is a very familiar one, as it appeared on the packaging of the original game, as well as being the original movie poster. This symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and will expand to fill the entire reel if it will lead to a win.
The first feature in the game is the ‘Contract Bonus’ round. This feature is triggered when you land 3, 4 or 5 of the green laptops anywhere on the reels. This is where your job as a hitman really starts. You’ll see the laptop screen appear, showing a bunch of villainous characters that you might want to target. You’ll choose one based on the range of bonus values attached to it. Then your prize will be revealed. You’ll then decide which weapon you’ll use and this will supply the multiplier.
The ‘Insignia Bonus’ is the second feature. The gold insignia appears on reels 1, 2 and 3. Should it land on all three of the reels on the same spin, you’ll play the feature. This is a very straightforward bonus as you’ll simply click on one of the three symbols to reveal an instant prize.
The final symbol is the red ‘18’ symbol you will see on movie posters and packaging. Landing 3, 4 or 5 ‘18’ symbols on the reels will see you enter a free spins feature. You’ll have 18 free spins in total, with an added bonus that all wins will now be multiplied by 2.
In keeping with the video game and the movie franchise, Hitman has a dark feel throughout the game. The background to the game is completely black while all of the symbols featuring the hitman himself are bathed in shadows. Whenever you land a win with a hitman symbol, you’ll see some impressive animation. The ‘Contract Bonus’ is perhaps the highpoint in terms of graphics, giving the game a high-tech boost. All in all, the design gives the game an effective, professional feel which is only added to by the atmospheric soundtrack.
Fans of the Hitman franchise will certainly enjoy this MicroGaming designed slot, but the appeal will go much wider. You have a dark, atmospheric base game which looks good and plays well. With expanding wilds on the middle reels, there is always the chance of that big win. The three bonuses make for a game with variety too. While the ‘Insignia’ bonus is a quick one, both the free spins and the ’Contract Bonus’ will get you very involved. Hitman is highly recommended, but it might be an idea to watch your back when playing.