If you’re a dog lover this place might sound like the best place to be, your pooch is a lucky one if it gets sent here with its luxurious surroundings and never ending treats. However, these threats go beyond what many of us might deem acceptable for anything not human. A la carte dining, smoking pipes or supping the finest cognacs isn’t the first thing many of us associate with dogs, but what do we know.
Presented over the standard 5 x 3 reel setup with a modest 25 fixed paylines, Hound Hotel will give any dog lover that warm fuzzy feeling whilst the rest of us will want to vomit. Grand columns surround the reels against a backdrop of a manor house, supposed to be the luxury hotel for spoilt pugs.
It’s all about the status symbols
The higher value symbols depict five canine characters, presumably the elite clientele, whilst the lower value symbols are represented by the standard playing card symbols of old. The game’s logo is the wild, substitutes all but scatter for contributions to wins and scan appear stacked during the base game. The scatter comes in the form of a bellboy and functions to activate the main feature, the Hound Hotel Bonus.
The bonuses of being a dog lover
Three of these dashing wilds can scamper onto the reels and lock in position, this can happen during any non-winning spin and significantly increases the chance of a win on subsequent spins.
Hound Hotel Bonus
Get three or more of the bellboy scatters across the reels to activate this feature, then visit the hotel to set the terms of the free spins feature that follows. There will be three floors which have different parameters to select, floor one is where you’ll select which wild feature will be active, floor two will determine the multiplier for your winnings and floor three where the number of free spins can be determined - the latter two sometimes offering extra picks.
Floor one wilds in particular can offer stacked wilds across 20 positions on reels two and four, expanding wilds to complete wins, frozen wilds on reels one and five, wilds which split into two to create extra winning potential or reel two, three or four as a wild reel on each spin.
Hound Hotel is a curious one, maybe a little on the divisive side depending on your view of pooches. The fun is there from the start, as the novelty of it is always though provoking and comical. The serious side of the slot becomes apparent when the features are triggered, as thats’s when the big money flows. Play long enough, have a nice bit of luck and who knows, you too might be able to afford such a hotel if you really wanted it that badly.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring