It’s very unusual to come across a slot with a completely new subject, but a game all about tattoos is certainly a fresh idea. This five-reel slot from MicroGaming features tattooists, a tattoo parlour and a fine range of inked images to keep you entertained. You’ll even find a comfortable seat to sit on, while you’re being inked.
The gameplay matches the originality of the theme. As well as the impressive 1,024 ways to win during every spin, you can respin any reel at any time. This gives you a good opportunity of winning the biggest prizes in the game. There is also a free spins bonus game (with multiplier) and a picks-game based in a tattoo parlour.
Hot Ink is a five-reel slot which shows four symbols on each of the reels. The game utilises the all-ways winning system. This means that wins come along when you land matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right, regardless of the position on the reels. You’ll have 1,024 ways to win on every spin and these come at the cost of 50 credits or multiples of this amount.
You’ll be very impressed with the range of symbols, every single one based upon the theme of the game without a playing card in sight. The two leading symbols are a pair of tattooists. Angel is a blonde who has the look of Marilyn Monroe about her, while Luci is a brunette. If you land five in a row of either tattooist you’ll win 750 coins. As a bonus, a combination of the two ladies will pay 500 coins.
A male tattooist in a purple tank top is next on the pay table, worth 400 coins. The green chair follows at 300 coins, while the parlour itself is worth 200 coins. The remaining symbols are all tattoos on a flesh-coloured background. These include a lucky horseshoe, a heart with wings and two 8 balls in the style of cherries.
The highest paying symbol in the game shows the slot logo. This pays 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. The title symbol also doubles up as the wild, substituting for any other symbol to create extra wins.
The first feature of the game is one of the most original. After any spin, you’ll have the opportunity of spinning any of the 5 reels again. This is where it gets very interesting. The cost of spinning each reel will differ based on the situation. If you need just one symbol to land five in a row, spinning the other reel might be quite expensive. Spin a reel with the chance of a smaller win and it will be much cheaper. This feature adds a nice level of strategy to the game.
The Yin Yang symbols represent the first scatter symbol. Land three or more and you’ll enter the free spins bonus round. With 20 free spins and a 2x multiplier in place, this is certainly a feature worth striving for. You’ll also win an instant cash prize before you even start the spins.
The second scatter shows the ‘Tattoo Bonus’ symbol. Once again, this awards an immediate prize and entry to the feature when landing 3 or more. You’ll now enter a room showing a series of tattoo albums. Clicking each album will reveal a combination of tattoos and you’ll win prizes for each. Land a set of 3 matching tattoos and you’ll be awarded with 10 free spins too – all wins doubled.
Hot Ink is one of the most original looking slots you’ll find online. Around the reels you’ll find some impressive collages of fine tattoos, in rich and varied colour schemes. The title above the reels is delightful too, in a gothic purple and green. The symbols have the same level of professionalism, with some excellent animation added when you land a win with the female tattooists. A fitting, rock and roll soundtrack accompanies the game, only adding to the overall theme.
Not only does Hot Ink have an original theme, it also plays great too. The graphics and sound draw you into the game immediately and it only improves when you realise you have over a thousand ways to win each spin. The re-spin feature really sets the game apart, giving you some great second chances at those big wins. Throw in the free spins feature and the tattoo bonus and you have a game which is high on variety throughout.