The pokie itself takes place on a fairly standard 5×3 playboard featuring all of your old favourites from slots of yesteryear, such as bars, lucky sevens, kings, queens and aces. There’s no particular “theme” when it comes to the symbols or a backdrop, but that is the theme in itself. The game’s developers have gone for that retro look and anybody who gives Bar X Hot Spins a try will acknowledge that it’s been carried out very well.
The Returns To Player (RTP) rare for Bar X Hot Spins comes in at a very respectable 96.53% which is comfortably above the 95% we would normally recommend players seek out when selecting a slot. However, when we put this one through its paces we did experience a relatively high volatility, so you might have to prepare yourself for some slightly lengthy waits between those juicier wins.
10 paylines isn’t the sort of figure that gets players hugely excited, but the vast amount of playing symbols is a decent equaliser for that, and players just need to match up at least three of them on adjacent reels to bag a win. The premium payouts are reserved for marching Bars and X’s while the low-hanging fruit comes in the form of 7s, kings and queens.
If this wasn’t a retro, throwback slot, we would perhaps be inclined to criticise the plain, simplistic visuals, but that’s what this game is all about. Bar X Hot Spins is for the slot gaming purists who had to make do with this kind of game back in the good old days and will love this tribute to those times. The soundtrack that plays during each spin is a great touch and ties in perfectly with what the developers are trying to achieve.
The main bonus game to keep an eye out for is the Hot Spins round, which is triggered when you land any win that is worth four times your original bet. This converts the single playboard into four boards that take it in turns to spin and you can choose to collect the winnings from these spins, or spin up to 99 further times. Each spin comes at a cost, however, and if your initial win from the qualifying spin decreases to zero, the bonus round ends, so impeccable timing is required if you want to escape the bonus round with a tidy profit.