The very words Hot Ink sound downright naughty, like a euphemism for something we all know you shouldn’t spray around willy-nilly. However, in this case it alludes to the art of body art, or tattooing as most of us know it. A fan of the practice or not, we don;t care, this is all about a solid looking slot from Microgaming’s Quickfire team, with a fantastically retro soundtrack and a host of great bonuses.
Presented over a 5 x 4 setup that’s becoming increasingly popular in the slot business, this 1024 ways-to-win game carries the signature pioneered by Microgaming a few years ago, you’ll win as long as you get symbols in adjacent reels.
Artistic by design
As you might expect, such a theme lends itself quite nicely to an online slot, with a wealth of cool symbols across the reels. Lower value symbols are small tattoos, including a heart and horseshoe amongst others. Higher values symbols include the tattoo shop itself, the infamous tattooists chair, the tattooist themselves and a couple of - curiously only female - customers. The ‘hot ink’ logo is wild here, the tattoo bonus symbol triggers its particular bonus and the fish tattoo activates the free spins feature.
The bonuses of having killer body art
Pretty cool ideas tend to flow from Microgaming, and here’s another. After each spin you’ll get the chance to respin any of the reels to try and bag a win. The respin will cost extra and each reel will be priced according to the likely win outcome. You can respin a reel as many times as you like.
Get three, four or five of the tattoo bonus scatter symbols anywhere across the reels to trigger this mini-game. On the screen there’ll be three tattoo books, you’ll need to find the same tattoo in each to win ten free spins and all wins doubled. If you don’t manage to do this you’ll still win prizes for each symbol get.
Free spins can be triggered by getting three or more of the koi fish symbols across the reels, it will bring with it 20 spins and double all wins. It’s possible to re-trigger the free spins from within this feature.
Hot Ink Online Slot Playing Tips
Go for the respins too often and your winning chances will stay the same over time, don't be fooled into thinking that the odds get better. “Spin once or twice at most and then get back to the base game and also keep an eye on the cost of the spin.” According to Microgaming’s official instructions.
The background noise of the tattoo studio, overlaid with 90’s style soft rock on spinning, really does set the scene - you can feel the atmosphere. The graphics in Hot Ink are really good, with the tattoo style going down perfectly with the cartoon-like symbols. We particularly like the quality and amount of bonuses to be had, and the possibility of winning big never feels that far away.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring