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Sizzling Hot is a 5 reel, 5 pay-line slot machine game produced by Novomatic. This game is retro-style slot machine with classic old-fashioned symbols like lemons, cherries, oranges, plums, grapes and watermelons. Because of this, it is often referred to as a fruit machine or a classic slot machine.
The Sizzling Hot game is found in casinos throughout the world, but is most popular in Europe, Latin America, Australia and Macau. Interestingly, despite its popularity, this game is rarely found in US casinos. Although Novomatic have tried to get their games into America, they have failed so far and so you will not be able to play Sizzling Hot is you visit Las Vegas (although you will find many similar games to play).
Gameplay, betting range and return to player percentage
The coin value in Sizzling Hot cannot be changed and it is set to $0.01. What can be changed is the number of coins that you will bet per spin, adjusted by using the Bet One button at the bottom of the screen. Just next to it, you will notice a Bet Max option which can maximise the bet to the total of 500 coins – 100 coins per line.
To save yourself from having to keep the game going by constantly clicking on the spin command, there is an auto-play button. Selecting it will start the machine spinning the reels, until you decide to stop them.
The return to player percentage is very good, especially the online version, which pays out more than the games in the casinos. In the long run, the players are expected to return approximately 95.66% of every dollar played.
If you haven't had any experience with these retro slots, you might be surprised by the complete lack of bonus features. Disappointing as this may seem, it is pretty much a standard procedure and more often than not, traditional fruit machines will simply offer a straightforward and easy to understand gameplay, interrupted only by winnings.
When you do hit a nice win, you will see the screen burn up in flames after landing on the reels – hence the name Sizzling Hot.
One feature this game does have, is a Gamble feature, which is activated after every winning spin. During this feature, you get offered a choice between keeping your winning or doubling it. If you decide to take your chances, all you have to do is guess the colour of the card facing down, and the amount will be doubled, if you get it right. With each successful guess, you will be granted a new chance to guess the card colour – up to 5 consecutive times.
Strong and weak points of Sizzling Hot slot
The slot's simple design should definitely not be taken as a negative, since it's clearly deliberate and fits the concept. The same can be said for the lack of any bonus features and those of you with a track record of playing similar games will know better than to expect anything more than a click on the button and waiting for the Star or 7 symbols to land on the reels.
Don't be fooled by the fact that Sizzling Hot has a Star Scatter; in this case, it only implies higher payouts – 25,000 coins for a combination of 5 Stars or sizzling 500,000 coins for a combo of 7s.
Sizzling Hot may not be everybody's cup of tea, especially if you are used to more elaborate and complex themes. However, even if you are not into classic fruit machines, this is definitely one slot you should not miss out on, mainly due to the payout potential (for the right type of combinations) and the adrenaline rush you will get using the Gamble feature.
Massive in Europe, Unknown in North America
Games like Sizzling Hot, made by Novomatic have never made it into Las Vegas. It's not that the gaming style is not enjoyed by Americans, because if you go to a casino in The Bahamas, you will see hundreds of US players enjoying these games.
So, it must be due to licensing restrictions. The good news is, since the merger between IGT, WMS and Bally into Scientific Games, the casinos have been looking for new slot producers to put onto the slot floor and it seems that Novomatic might finally be on the way.