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Nestled amongst the pyramids with five reels of spinning scarabs, amulets, eagles and Eyes of Ra the Sahara desert is promising to be 'Hotter Than Hot'. Ainsworth's new online video slot features a bonus reel, free spins and four sizzling jackpots. Could this game truly live up to its tantalising name?

We've put Hotter Than Hot King Strike through its paces to bring you the lowdown.

Stay or Go, It's Fine Wherever You Play

A modern video slot it may be, but the technology here is not so demanding as some new slots which take its toll on older machines. Hotter Than Hot King Strike is easily accessed with no downloads or registration requirements on desktop and for smartphone/ tablet on either Android or IOS. That means, of course, it will play just as well on your laptop at the kitchen table as it will on your phone on the go.

Mind The 94% RTP

Hotter Than Hot King Strike presents us with 5 reels and 30 paylines with a sixth single-symbol bonus reel to the right of the reels. The RTP is a fairly low 94.4% and makers Ainsworth claim a 1 in 80 game chance of triggering a feature, making it pretty volatile.

Because of the breadth of symbols the base game does offer a reasonable number of small wins to top up the bank. However, you'll require deeper pockets and deeper reserves of patience if waiting for those jackpots.

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Egypt Beckons With 30,000-Coin Jackpots

The screen is busy with content, but the theme is immediately evident from the pyramid backdrop and the iconic Ancient Egyptian paraphernalia.

The five reels are filled with a bounty of symbols which takes some time to get your head round so do read the paytable first. A useful note regarding the paytable, though: on a desktop screen only, it's hard to see the scroll bar as it's camouflaged to the right of the paytable frame. That's very annoying if you're trying to work out what's going on.

Playing card symbols 9-through-A offer rewards for 3, 4 and 5OAK, ranging up to 8,000 coins on a max. bet. The next tier of symbols are a flower, the eye, treasure, necklace and bird, all of which offer up to 30,000 coins if you're splashing it on the top stakes.

The game's Wild is the pyramid. It doesn't offer a payout, but it will substitute for all symbols except the Scatters. Those bonus icons are the Scarab Beetle and a very lucrative little insect it is too. Given that 5OAK on a max. bet will score you a staggering 300,000 coins, it's one to watch out for. Just 3 of them will trigger the Free Spins bonus feature.

Bonus Free Spins With Retriggers

10 free spins are offered for three or more beetles and it's useful to note that they're played on a new set of night-sky reels with all symbols offering smaller payouts.

During Free Spins Reel 5 is held as a Wild reel and if they land on Reels 2 and 4 they also form a stacked reel. This increases your chances of making a big winning combo. Three or more Scatters during Free Spins can trigger a further five free spins.

It's All About the Jackpot

Of course, these symbol combinations and the Free Spins Feature are all very nice but let's get to the heart of the matter. The term 'Hotter Than Hot' doesn't refer to Free Spins or even five Scatters on the screen. In fact, the fiery punch in this game is the King Strike Bonus.

At the top of the reels sit 4 King Crowns: Major, Maxi, Minor and Mini, each with a sum attached. These figures increase according to the size of the bet you place, from a lowly 5.00 for the Mini on a bet of 0.30 to a fabulous 1,000,000 Major prize for the highest 3,000-coin bet.

To score any one of these jackpots you'll need a big wallet and steely determination because it requires 6OAK of certain symbols.

For the Maxi Jackpot you'll need 5OAK from the 9-through-A range PLUS the King's Crown symbol landing on Reel 6. Wild substitutions will not count. However, if you do land a Wild to make 4OAK PLUS one Wild PLUS the bonus Reel 6 symbol you will bag the Mini Jackpot.

For the Major Jackpot you'll need 5OAK from the higher paying symbols: bird, necklace, treasure, or flower PLUS the King's Crown symbol landing on Reel 6. Again, Wild substitutions will not count. And, again, if you do land a Wild here, making 4OAK PLUS a Wild PLUS your Reel 6 symbol you'll bag the Minor Jackpot.

Hotter Than Hot King Strike Conclusion

It makes sense to remember this slot is developed by Ainsworth, an Australian games-maker. Those Aussies are notorious for loving their volatile pokies. If you love them too this game could well appeal.

However, we recommend approaching with a little patience and some freeplay trialling to get your head round the busy screen, the plethora of symbols and the complicated King Strike Bonus set-up. You don't want Hotter Than Hot King Strike to become too hot to handle.

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