You can roughly toss Novomatic slots into three categories: games like the amazingly popular Book of Ra, Lucky Lady’s Charm and Dolphin’s Pearl Deluxe which rely heavily on the bonus round to pay out go into one category while their “stars” series slots like Power Stars, and “fruit” flavoured slot games like Ultra Hot, Roaring Forties, Jolly Fruits and Sizzling Hot Deluxe form the other two categories. More often than not, these latter categories don’t even have a feature to talk about. Power Stars sort of does with its expanding star symbol Wild on reels 2, 3 and 4 but most don’t – which is why I find it really difficult to fathom why the Sizzling Hot slot and subsequently, Sizzling Hot Deluxe (which is the game that you find online) are so popular! The deluxe version can also be found on mobile and tablet devices.
I am not even going to try and speculate as to why because personally, I prefer the “free spin” feature games but what I have noticed is that it seems to be only in certain parts of the world, most notably Central and Eastern Europe and South America
where Sizzling Hot is responsible for so many web searches! This has to be down to the fact that it appears on Latin American Novostar machines or in the Admiral casinos that spread across central Europe. Here in the UK on our Novomatic slots badged as Gaminator, Admiral or Novoline, the Sizzling Hot slots are long gone to be replaced with newer titles like God of Thunder and more relevantly, Spinning Stars, neither of which are available online.
Well here is a little something about the game anyway. Sizzling Hot Deluxe is a low to medium variance 5x3 reel slot with just 5 non-adjustable pay-lines. It’s a fairly simple game which resembles a fruit machine more than a video slot, especially as it has just a few fruit symbols and a Scatter. The game has no bonus feature and none of our favourite Wilds either. The icons are Sevens, Watermelons, Grapes, Plums, Oranges, Lemons and Cherries. The Seven is the one to watch as it is the highest paying symbol – landing five of these gives you 1,000x your total bet! The game’s Scatter is the star icon. The video slot pays out on hitting three matching symbols with all the icons except for the Cherries which pay out on two-of-a-kind. In order to get a win, the symbols must be next to each other starting from left to right. Only the star Scatter doesn’t abide by this and gives you a win if three or more of them appear in any position on the reels.
The free and real money slot has a very land-based feel especially due to the sound palette which is Novomatic’s signature dings and bells. The minimum possible total bet is 0.25 credits and the maximum is 100.00 credits. The RTP on this slot is higher than some of the Gaminator games at 95.66%. You’ll be relieved to know that this is one of the few Novomatic slot machines which won’t eat your budget quickly.
The online slot will definitely appeal to those players who prefer the classic ‘fruities’ and not so flashy games over today’s elaborate and more complicated video slots. Personally, I think Novomatic’s Katana and Book of Ra slots are more thrilling and therefore are more up my alley – this traditional looking slot is too basic in comparison. Also, when you look at the original Sizzling Hot slot, you’ll see that the deluxe version has much better graphics, functionality and a wider variety of settings.
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