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It’s a bold claim, but after a relatively dull patch since the turn of the year, here we have a slot that is getting us rather excited. Hot Cross Bunnies could possibly be one of the most entertaining slots we’ve ever come across. Five reels have become the norm, and often exciting bonus features only appear on slots with fewer paylines to boost appeal. Not with this game-changer, packing one hell of a punch.
Presented over the classic - and often restricting - 5 x 3 setup, this vegas-style slammin’ slot is bursting with positives. Graphics are tight and super-realistic, and sounds full-bodied and tasteful. It’s an experience that takes you right inside the grand casinos of Las Vegas.
Set on a tropical beach somewhere sunny and hot, this slot puts these bunnies in an unfamiliar environment, no wonder they’re a bit pissed off. Symbols-wise the game is clean and simple, but the clarity and punch are there. The classic icons consist of oranges, cherries, melons, cherries and bells. The awesome bonuses are triggered by the pink bunny symbols.
So, what are these bonuses?
Nudge & AutoNudge
Classic fruity fans will know what a nudge is, the very word taking you right back to the turn of the century. Hot Cross Bunnies randomly trigger these gems, so after each spin there’s a chance that you’ll get one, two or three of these retro legends..
For those who missed the golden age, nudges allow you to literally ‘nudge’ a reel down, if the symbol above is favourable, to make a winning line. This can be set to automatic as well as manual, but we really think this is something you should be taking charge of yourself; man against machine and all that.
If you have been trying to make a win with nudges without any luck, the slot may offer you a super spin, this usually comes at random and translates into a guaranteed win.
Bunny Money Feature
We like this, this is one of the slot’s selling points. Trigger this feature by getting three pink bunnies anywhere across the reels. Perspective will change to reveal the full picture, the whole gambler machine and a panoramic view of the casino, in what we consider to be real-life quality.
The reels will spin a random number of times to help fill the meters found above the reels, all symbols that land during this feature go on to populate these meters. A filled meter generates a reward and the meter resets to its empty state. The bell meter is the most lucrative, although filling it can be tricky as the low value symbols are defaulted to fill their respective meters first.
Hot Cross Bunnies is a keeper, you’ll just have to forgive the moody rabbits. Fixed paylines mean that you could just set it to auto-everything and nothing would be any better or worse than doing it yourself, but some will prefer to take the reigns.
The main pull for us is the sheer value for money, the bang for your buck. You get features usually reserved to make up for other failings with some slots, making this one of the most feature packed slots on the market right now. Couple this with stunning graphics and sounds and we have ourselves a winner in every sense.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring