If you can get past the contradiction in terms of the game’s title, you’ll find a solid traditional slots game by well-known developers Tom Horn Gaming. Tom Horn are well known for their clones and their wealth of simple, easily playable titles, and Hot Blizzard is no exception.
Fans of nostalgic gaming experiences will be very happy with Hot Blizzard, which harks nicely back to the very early days of video slots.
Aside from some useful features like autoplay and the wager increasing feature, there are no bells and whistles attached to this slot at all. It’s got five reels and five paylines, onto which you can wager a minimum of 0.1 credits to a maximum of 100 credits, so it’s got a decent range of bets but not nearly enough to impress high rollers, with its overall RTP of 95.80%. You can expect a respectable maximum of 10,000 coins though, so even big players shouldn’t dismiss this game out of hand. As for the symbols, it’s a traditional mix of oranges, grapes, lemons and cherries straight out of the classic ‘one-armed bandit’ days, along with a flaming 7 – the highest value symbol. You’ll also want to watch out for the scatter, which is a star, and the wild, which is a ‘Joker’ number 7.
In terms of the visuals, it’s all very clean and straightforward, with only the evocative flaming background there to add a splash of colour, and the only sound effect being the reel-spinning noise. As we’ve said, this will either be a refreshingly uncluttered experience or a bit of a bore, but the positive side of this is that it’s not hard to get the hang of it. All the buttons are at the bottom, and you won’t find yourself hustled by a million different options that are hard to understand.
As we said, this game isn’t exactly packed with the kinds of complicated bonuses and mini-games that modern titles pack in these days, but that’s not to say it’s totally devoid of extra features. The wild symbol here acts as a substitute for any symbol to help you make combos, a welcome feature when you’ll find combinations quite hard to come by. As an extra bonus, completing a win with a wild brings up the gamble button, which lets you double your winnings if you can guess whether a card’s suit will be red or black. Be careful though, because you get nothing if you guess wrong. Similarly, the scatter symbol grants you free spins as well as an automatic 3x multiplier if you land three of them. The more you land on that spin the more free spins you get, up to a maximum of 30.
Though its graphics are basic even by traditional slots standards, and there’s not much to appeal to fans of flashy modern games, there’s lots of money to be won and some engaging basic mechanics. So, will this hot blizzard melt your reservations, or is it stuck in the ice?