Hot Shot is all about the game of baseball, popular throughout the world, particularly in the US where Major League Baseball rules the roost. This game features many aspects of the popular game, including a batter and a pitcher, strikes, home runs and wild pitches. No day at the baseball game would be complete without snacks too, and these are in healthy supply. Hot dogs, fries, popcorn and candy can all be found on the reels. While those who need warming on one of those late-season days can enjoy a coffee too.
The game itself is very straightforward for a 5-reel slot. The game has no features at all outside of the base game – no free spins, no second screen games and no pick me rounds. This makes for a fast-playing game where you can really zone into the action on the plate.
This baseball themed game has five reels. Each of these reels shows three symbols when they come to a rest. There is a total of 9 win-lines, which is certainly low for a 5-reel slot, although players can choose to play any number between 1 and 9. This will appeal to players who like to receive more spins for their money. The coin value ranges between just 25c up to a maximum of $10.
The leading symbol in the game shows a ball flying out of the stadium, with ‘home run’ written at opposite corners of the diamond. Land five home run symbols on a win line and you’ll looking at a 1,000-coin win, the only four-figure pay out in the game. The ‘strike’ symbol is close behind however, worth 900 coins for the maximum five. This symbol shows the ball firmly in the catcher’s mitt.
The two players are next on the pay table, both in silhouette form. The batter who is mid-slug has a top prize of 700 coins. The pitcher, whose front leg is raised and is about to fire the ball, is next and pays 500 coins. A baseball cap, with the letters ‘HS’ on the front, pays 300 coins. All of the symbols listed so far pay out a win when landing two or more in a row from left to right, with each subsequent symbol requiring three in a row.
The hot dog is the highest paying of the food symbols, paying 250 coins, while the coffee is at the other end of the pay scale, worth 50 coins.
The wild is the aptly named ‘wild ball’ symbol. This symbol will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. A wild pitch always benefits the batter and this wild symbol will certainly benefit the player.
The scatter symbol is a golden trophy but just in case you were in any doubt, it has the word ‘scatter’ written across it. This scatter is unusual in the fact that it doesn’t activate a feature. However, it does give the opportunity for some very nice wins. Land 3 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels and you’ll win 10x your total stake. Land 4 scatters and you’ll win 50x your stake. The maximum 5 scatters are worth an impressive 100x your stake. If playing the maximum nine win-lines, the scatter works out as the joint second highest paying symbol.
When playing Hot Shots, you’ll see that the reels are the dominant feature on the screen. Each of the reels has a white backing making the highly colourful range of symbols stand out. These symbols are designed in a fun, cartoon style, making for some nice visuals, although added animation might have improved the look of the slot further. Throughout the game you can hear the sound a noisy baseball crowd, who increase the volume when you land a win with the wild.
Hot Shots is an unusual game in comparison to other 5-reel slots. The lack of features is certainly noticeable – as is the overall age of the game. The appeal of the game is that you can enjoy a high paced game with no distractions at all. The win amounts in the base game are on the higher side too, as there are no features to pay for. No, this MicroGaming designed game is not going to be on your ‘best of’ list, but it is worth a spin. Especially for baseball fans.