There is nothing better and worse than burning passion. The thrill of chase and the satisfaction of finally getting what you wanted, juxtaposed with the crushing feeling of failure or defeat. Yes, the EGT 2015 release captures it all with its gameplay, although the visual and audio representation could use a lot more work, in our eyes. Only then will this slot be Burning Hot for us.
There are no fancy graphics to capture our imaginations. A dark-green, static background sits behind the reels, while the only animations we see are Wilds spreading and symbols being lit on fire when part of winning combinations. The game is played on a 5x3 playing field with 5 fixed paylines. That means players cannot turn some paylines on and off to adjust their total bet.
The title has several tiers of payments that symbols fall into, so we cannot comfortably split them into lower and higher paying tiers. The most valuable is the red lucky seven, followed by grapes and watermelons and the golden bell. Finally, cherries, lemons, plums and oranges are the lowest paying icons. There are two Scatters, both of which are only used to reward cash prizes. Purple Scatters can only appear on the first, third and fifth reel and are at the same prize level as the lowest paying symbols. The dollar-sign Scatter is slightly beneath watermelons and grapes in value. Wilds have no value of their own and can only substitute for other icons, except for the two Scatters.
This is a 5-reel, 3-row slot with 5 fixed paylines. There is no actual spin button. Instead, beneath the reels, gamblers select their bet level and then keep pressing that button in order to spin the reels. To the left of the wagers, you can adjust your credit value, turn on auto spins, open the paytable, enable full screen and turn sounds on and off. All pays are awarded left to right, following the 5 active paylines, starting from the leftmost reel.
The four ticking meters above the reels represent the progressive jackpots you can win. This special feature is triggered randomly and has a chance of firing after a spin ends. When it is finally triggered, players are taken to a separate screen where they pick between 12 different cards. The goal is to match three card suit symbols. Spades pay highest, so try and hit that one if possible.
If your win is less than 35x your bet, you can risk it in a gamble mini-game. Pressing the gamble button, players are taken to a separate screen. Pick between red and black cards. Guess correctly and you will double your win, but a wrong guess takes it all away.
If you want to enjoy Burning Hot on your phone or tablet, you can do so. That means you can play it on the go or from the comforts of your bed or couch.