NetEnt releases Hotline 2

Hotline 2 Netent

iGaming is the hottest property in the global video gaming industry right now, and if you’re a part of the action, NetEnt’s release of Hotline 2 should get you hyped up.

NetEnt creates some of the most popular slot titles, and Hotline 2 is no exception to the rule. The highlights of the game are the bonus features and innovative gameplay. Designed around the success of its predecessor, Hotline 2 takes players back to the streets of Miami. Apart from the popular Hotline Bonus, the game offers Expanding Wilds, giving players the chance to win much higher stakes. This 5-reel 3-row video slot also offers a new free spin round, enhancing the excitement through the play session.

Hotline 2 offers players 243 winning combinations as landing Wild symbols amplify your chances of scoring big. Staying true to its roots, the game is based on Miami Vice, the famous TV show from the 1980s. The design is heavily inspired by 80s elements like the flowing hairstyles, vibrant colours, and more.

Bonus, Stakes, and Payouts

Hotline 2 offers players a maximum reward of 5,184x the total stake while buy-ins range between €0.30 and €150. The game features an average RTP of 96.06%, which is at par with standard slot titles. This medium volatile slot is ideal for amateurs planning to get used to virtual slots while veterans can revel in the experience.

The creators have kept things simple in terms of features with Free Spins and Expanding Wilds serving regular doses of excitement. The Hotlines Bonus is quite similar to the first instalment but works a little differently. For instance, the three middle reels make up the Hotline zone, which can be manually activated. Messing with the Hotlines can alter the base RTP, returning 94.51%, 95.35%, and 96.05% upon triggering 1, 2, and 3 hotlines, respectively.

The Expanding Wild feature covers the entire reel, randomly activating the Hotline feature. When triggered, the background turns dark with standard symbols in reels 1, 2, and 3 transforming into fully-stacked wilds. Landing the neon pink flamingo in the three middle reels rewards players with seven free spins.

Synopsis

Hotline 2 is a wildcard for NetEnt, offering a fun, straightforward, and simple iGaming experience. While a certain section of critics might feel the second instalment lacks novelty and is quite similar to the first title, it’s not necessarily a demerit. The creator claims while both titles might be visually similar, they feature an entire range of differences, which become apparent as you start playing.

Veteran gamers will quickly identify the similarities in the Expanding Wilds with White Rabbit and Dragon Maiden. The only downside here is the high frequency in which expanding wilds are triggered, diminishing the chances of amplifying the winning sum. That’s just one of the downsides of playing a medium volatile slot! The creators make up for it though with excellent gameplay, design, theme, and related soundtracks.

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