Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen
Do you have what it takes to become a reel chef? Enter Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen on the branded video slot from NetEnt and join team red or blue for a reel cooking session to recreate his signature dishes. Among your play utensils are wild substitutions, a random Ramsay’s Wilds feature, Team Challenge Free Spins with Order Up modifiers and lastly Gordon’s Bonus Game, a pick-me round with extra coins wins and multipliers.
Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines, Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols landing on a line from left to right only. You can dare to enter the reel kitchen on desktop, tablet or mobile from 0.20 to 200 credits per spin (up to 400 possible). The game has low to medium volatility with an RTP of 96.07% and a hit frequency of roughly 1:3.5 spins. Beware, the game can be offered with secondary RTP settings at 91.02%, 93.01% or 95.07%. Always read the help file to find out which version you will be playing.
In preparation for the Team Challenge, the game window appears in dual colours with the Hell’s Kitchen signature devil’s fork as the main design element in the reel frame. The chef himself together with some of his best-known dishes and cocktails populate the reels which are lit up by what resembles heat lamps that are used in restaurants to keep the food warm. An acoustic soundtrack is the main audio, intermittently interrupted by comments from Gordon.
The pay symbols start at the low end with card royals from J to A, awarding 0.75x to 1.5x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by Gordon’s signature dishes – lava cake, cocktail, burger and Beef Wellington. Hit five on a line to win 2.5x to 10x your bet. The HK acronym marked with the word itself is the wild, substituting for all regular pay symbols while Gordon himself acts as the scatter which can appear on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 only.
Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen Slot Features
Gordon Ramsay rose to fame in the late 90s when he appeared on TV in the mini-series Boiling Point. Since then, he has become a celebrity chef with abundant Michelin stars for his restaurants and a presenter for Hell’s Kitchen, where he shines with his fiery temper and razor-sharp wit. NetEnt took on the challenge to integrate some of his signature dishes and the TV-show’s concept of two competing teams into a set of slot reels. Reason enough to take a closer look.
The base game is spiced up by Ramsay’s Wild feature which can trigger randomly at the start of any spin and will see him throwing 5 to 7 knives or kitchen pots at the reels. All will turn into wilds for the current spin. The win evaluation is done one the reels come to a stop.
Hitting three or four scatters anywhere on reels one, two, four and/or five will trigger 10 and 15 Team Challenge Free Spins respectively, which cannot be retriggered. Before the start of the rounds, you will have to choose between Team Red and Team Blue. Each will have its own 5×3 reel set with 20 pay lines and the team accumulating the most winnings will be crowned the winner of the challenge and rewarded with an entry into Gordon’s Bonus Game.
The Order Up feature is active on every free spin, presenting 1, 2 or 3 upgrades/modifiers for the current round. The options are x2 and x3 multipliers as well as random wilds (3 to 8 per team area). The upgrades are colour coded, red or blue, and will apply only to the respective team area. Should an x2 and an x3 multiplier appear in the same colour, then they are added for an x5 multiplier.
You will be granted entry to Gordon’s Bonus Game if you have chosen the winning team at the start of the Team Challenge Free Spins whereas a tie will also get you there. A grid with 15 covered HK icons appears. Hidden are coin wins of 2x 3x and 5x your bet, an x2 and an x3 multiplier and Xs. You can now pick one at a time until you collected three Xs. At that point the bonus game ends and the total amount of coin wins is added up. Multipliers are only applied if you unveiled them in the course of the bonus game. In case you found both, then they are added for an x5 multiplier. The win from the bonus game is added to the win from the Team Challenge Free Spins and paid before the game returns to the main screen.
Gordon Ramsay: Hell’s Kitchen presented a perfect challenge for the folks at NetEnt HQ to create a fiery slot with sharp twists and hot features. The result is not exactly half-baked but neither a creation worthy of a Michelin star. It has all elements to entertain a wide range of players albeit not the hardcore gamers who look for more “oomph” and maybe higher volatility that would result in a much bigger win potential than just 500x bet. Overall, Hell’s Kitchen is a playable and enjoyable slot, especially if you are a fan of Gordon Ramsay.