Quinn and Riviera are back to investigate another brazen jewellery robbery on the slot from NetEnt. Hotline 2 sees the two detectives return to a new reel set as they chase Kitty Weiss through the streets of Miami with vertical Hotlines where wilds will expand when they land, a random Hotline feature and a free spins round with progressive reels that can lead to wins of up to 5,184 times your bet.
Hotline 2 is a 5×3 video slot with 243 ways to win in the base game. The size can increase to a 3-6-6-6-3 format in the free spins for up to 1,944 ways. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. You can join the two detectives on desktop or mobile from 0.30 to 150 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility with an RTP of 96.05%.
We return to an 80s Miami scene on the sequel to Hotline, encountering not only the same characters but also scenic view of the city with palm trees and calm seas. The setting sun immerses it all into a colourful backdrop while a retro soundtrack keeps things lively at all times.
The pay symbols start at the low end again with a range of gems in green, blue, purple, orange, red and pink, awarding 0.33x to 0.83x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by a new guy with a head mic, the two detectives Quinn and Riviera as well as the female villain Kitty Weiss. Hit five across the reels to win 1x to 2.66x your stake. Wild is a red sports car, appearing on reels two to four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols while a neon-lit flamingo marked with the word itself acts as the scatter.
Hotline 2 Slot Features
Releasing a sequel to an existing slot always raises expectations as players look forward to finding out what new mechanics or features the developer has included to entice them to give it a spin. NetEnt did some quite dramatic changes with a new reel set, a random modifier and a different free spin feature. They kept though the core to the gameplay, the Hotlines, only that now they have been inverted into vertical lines. No need anymore to activate one to three hotlines like on the original, instead, the three centre reels are vertical Hotlines at all times. Any wild landing within the zone will expand to cover the entire reel when it will create or improve a winning combo.
New is a random Hotline modifier which can trigger at the start of any spin in the base game. The screen will darken and one, two or all three Hotlines will turn into stacked wilds. Our screenshot above paid just over 90x bet. You won’t always get all three reels wild, the most often we have seen are two wild reels.
Hitting flamingo scatters anywhere on reels two, three and four will trigger 7 Free Spins, which cannot be retriggered as such but you can win up to 6 extra free spins during the feature. Any wild landing on a free spin will increase the respective reel by on symbol, up to a maximum height of six. Every fully opened reel will retrigger +2 free spins. Having all three centre reels reaching the max height will lead to a 3-6-6-6-3 game window with 1,944 ways to win. Wilds will keep expanding as in the base game, providing more potential to score mega wins.
Well, our return to ’80s Miami for another reel chase had its surprises. NetEnt was wise to remove the extra cost for activating multiple Hotlines as that proved to be a downer on the original. Plus, they added sufficient changes and new features to make us want to join the chase of the champagne-sipping jewel thief Kitty Weiss.