Looking over Pragmatic Play’s extensive back catalog, it’s easy to see that the developer has a wide range of interests from which to draw inspiration for its slot games. The rich and vibrant culture of Central America has been a frequent point of interest for the crew. Chilli Heat and its spicier sequel Chilli Heat Megaways illustrate the studio’s love for spicy culinary ingredients as it delves further into this vibrant culture. Pragmatic Play returns with another sizzling online slot, this time with a fiery theme in Hot Pepper.
Hot Pepper is a 7×7 game grid cluster paying slot machine situated in a sandy desert in one of the driest, hottest regions of the world. A large wooden game grid is set in a desert landscape that also has cactus, a lizard, rocks, and clouds. The wind is carrying dust so close that you can nearly touch it. The upbeat music and the smiling sombrero-wearing man on the reels prevent a deader atmosphere than what actually exists. Several slots with similar themes have been discovered by Pragmatic Play in the same location, so players may expect new gameplay features alongside the new environment.
Players may choose a stake anywhere from 20 p/c to £/€100 every paid gaming round to get a taste of the spicy good times. The game’s return to player percentage (RTP) may be set to either 96.45% or 95.02%, and it can be played on any device. The volatility is scored as a 5 out of 5, and the return value climbs by a notch or two to 96.79% when purchasing free spins on the higher RTP version.
Once you press the play button, 49 symbols will fall into the panel, and if at least five of them land in a row, either vertically or horizontally, you’ll win. There are seven different kinds of pay symbols: clubs, hearts, spades, limes, tacos, piatas, and the jolly hat guy. Clusters of five symbols pay out at a rate of 0.1x to 1x the wager, while clusters of 15+ symbols pay out at a rate of 10x to 50x the wager. The following section will go through the other symbols, which include wilds and scatters.
Pepper Spray: The Machine’s Extras
Tumbling to victory is the first order of business in Hot Pepper. The symbols that made up a winning cluster will “explode” off the game board when the cluster is struck. The blanks are filled in by symbols that rain down from above, and as a part of the Random Wild Multiplier feature, a chili symbol is dropped into one of the open cells.
Hot peppers act as a wild, replacing any icon other than the scatter. Additionally, a level between 1 and 5 is chosen at random. The multiplier for the spicy wilds is set at this level. Then, the level increases by one for every three wilds utilized in a tumble sequence on the same spin, up to a maximum of level 5. The following is a succession of level values:
In the first level, a multiplier of x1 is awarded for winning clusters of 5-6, x2 for clusters of 7-8, x4 for clusters of 9-10, and x8 for clusters of 11+.
Multipliers of 2, 4, 8, and 16 are awarded for Level 2 wins that contain clusters of 5, 6, 7, and 11 or more.
In the third level, a multiplier of x4, x8, x16, or x32 is generated for winning clusters of 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11+.
Multipliers of x8, x16, x32, and x64 are awarded for Level 4 victories that contain clusters of 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 or more.
In the fifth level, a multiplier of x16, x32, x64, or x128 is awarded for winning clusters of 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11 or more.
If more than one wild appears in the same cluster, the multipliers are combined together before being applied to any wins from that cluster. In the original game, your level is reset after each spin.
No Risk Turns
If you can get 3 scatters to fall in a row, you’ll be rewarded with 12 free games. All cluster-winning wilds in the free-spins bonus round remain at the maximum level of 5. When 3 scatter symbols appear in rapid succession, the round is extended by 5 additional free spins. Finally, customers can pay an amount equivalent to 100 times the total stake to receive a certain number of free spins.
Peppery: A Conviction in the Slot
Hot Pepper probably has a respectable rating on the Scoville Scale, the instrument used to determine the spiciness of a chili pepper. Hot Pepper may not be the most outlandish grid slot on the market, but it certainly knows how to turn up the metaphorical heat. Even though Hot Pepper is rather simple (though not in an especially horrible way), it has the components that can theoretically knit together to shoot off an exciting series of events, thanks in large part to the implementation of the concept.
Like valiantly shoving down a high-scoring pepper for the lols or something, Hot Pepper might potentially bite back. It may be challenging to make significant progress during testing, whether in the bonus round or elsewhere. An explanation might be that success requires a run of at least two consecutive victories. The first time should be spent planting the wild multiplier, and the second should be spent using it. This is just part of the extreme volatility, as some tumble episodes end quickly while others drag on like an oesophagus on fire from an extremely spicy pepper. It’s the kind of game where you can come really close by accidentally dropping an x128 or two, but then you can get away from it by not accidentally dropping anything worthwhile. However, there is also a flip side where symbols land merely to create something nice, up to Hot Pepper’s win ceiling of 10,000x the wager.
Hot Pepper’s mechanics may seem familiar if you’ve played Fruit Party 2; the two games are connected. Pragmatic Play, despite or perhaps because of its hectic pace, is capable of coming up with a solid concept, dressing it up with a lovely scenario, and unleashing it upon the world. While this method may not result in truly groundbreaking innovations, it may produce games like Hot Pepper, which have more going for them than against them.