One of the most memorable songs from the film Beverley Hills Cop, starring Eddie Murphy, was the Glenn Frey classic "The Heat Is On", well now that song title has got a brand new lease of life thanks to it also being the name of Microgaming's newest police-themed slot.
One small thing to point out here is that there is another slot, based on a Fireman theme, of the same name available, but this is the new game from Microgaming that this slot is referring to and this offers a completely different take, where the heat isn't just necessarily provided by the sizzling weather, but also the red hot female police officers.
Just like any good police action flick, there's a whole host of things going on in The Heat Is On slot, so let's begin by taking a look at the basics, which are that this slot is a typical 5x3 reel game that features a total of 45 paylines in play. The paylines are not selectable and you pay a 5 coin premium on your wager for the features. This means that your minimum spin comes in at 0.50 while you can ramp up the size of the wager to 100, if you are a higher roller.
So there's a good selection of wagers to play and once you get the reels spinning you'll notice that there is the usual mix of playing card low symbols, this time from ten through to ace. These offer the lowest value wins on the slot. There are a number of higher value symbols on the reels which include bombs, police cars, helicopters, motorcycles and the highest paying symbol, a suitcase full of gold bullion, which offers you a 2,250 coin payout for five on a payline.
The setting to the slots is a city backdrop and the soundtrack is, as you would expect, an all-action, dramatic and fast-paced musical overload which really helps keep the focus of the player on the slots and creates a more immersive experience. The graphics are more cartoon-styled than realistic, but they do work well.
One of the most unusual features of this slot is that it has two wild symbols on the reels. One is represented by a fabulously curvy and buxom policewoman and an equally shapely and attractive thief. Both of the Wilds can substitute for all the high and low value symbols on the reels to create additional winning paylines. Hit five on a payline of either Wild symbol and you can earn the top jackpot prize of 10,000 coins. If you get a mix of the two wilds five across the reels on a payline, rather than simply a single wild, then that payout drops to 5,000 coins, which is still a sizeable win.
To trigger the free spins round you need to land at least three or more of the scatter symbols. This is the bank and unusually, you can land between 3 and 7 scatter symbols across the reels to trigger free spins as sometimes the bank symbol will appear twice on one reel
When that happens, it can have a very positive effect. Land 3 scatters and you will receive 5 free spins, four sees you hit 10 free spins and 5 sees you land 20 free spins. However, if you land two scatters on reel 2 or on reel 3, then you double the amount of spins you win to 40. Best of all, land two scatters on reel 2 and also reel 3, with single scatter symbols across the other reels, you can win a massive 80 free spins.
If you can then land the same combination of scatters during free spins you can trigger additional free spins up to another 80 free spins on top of what you have already earned, giving you a maximum number of 160 free spins possible.
The Heat is On will certainly be one of the hottest releases from Microgaming this March. With a sizeable jackpot available to be won and a number of exciting features, including the two fantastic Wild symbols which offer you double the chance at creating additional payline wins, plus a shot at the 10,000 coin jackpot and a free spins round of up to 160 free spins possible, this is one slot that you will want to play time and time again.
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