Willy’s Hot Chillies Slot Review + Casinos in United States
|Released||Aug. 31, 2020|
|RTP (return to player)||96.0 %|
|Bet Size||0.20-400 EUR|
Theme and basic information
Willy’s Hot Chillies is a slot created by the NetEnt provider in August of 2020. Firstly, I’m going to list the advantages of this slot, among which are the appropriate level of RTP, quite satisfying maximum payout and lots of fascinating special features including Coin win, Fire pointer and Chillie multiplier. All of them I will consider in more detail further in the article.
As for the slot’s theme, it relates to chilli pepper and Mexico in general. So, you will be able to see lots of attributes of Mexican lifestyle like spicy food, drinks, cactuses and sombreros.
The main character is a Mexican who is wearing a sombrero and a colorful poncho. He is depicted on a Bonus symbol that can activate Willy’s Hot Wheel feature.
The plot is simple, you are supposed to explore the Mexican culture and in the process of the exploration, you will be able to get some money if you are lucky enough to run into a Mexican guy (a Bonus symbol).
Speaking about the gameplay, the slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 pay lines, which number is fixed during all the game.
The bet lines pay in succession from the leftmost to the rightmost reel. It is also said in the rules that only the highest win per bet is paid.
Describing the betting mechanics, it is quite ordinary and the only option that you are able to change is the total bet. It ranges from 0.20 euros to 400 euros. As a result, the minimum bet that you can set is 0.20 euros per one spin and the maximum bet equals 400 euros. So, it seems that every player will be able to make a bet that will be more appropriate to him/her (regarding the amount of money he/she wants to bet).
As for slot symbols, there are 8 paying symbols, a Multiplier Wild symbol that brings multipliers, a Bonus symbol that looks like a Mexican in a sombrero and a poncho and also symbols that appear during the Willy’s Hot wheel feature including Fire pointer, Coin win, +3 spins, Extra.
The highest paying symbol is one with a chest full of gold inside of it. It can bring up to x3 a bet for all 5 such symbols appearing on one bet line.
The lowest paying symbols are all symbols that have pictures of cards’ suits in different colors. Such symbols pay up to x0.5 a bet for all 5 identical symbols collected on one bet line. So, if your bet equals 400 euros, you will get just 200 euros as a reward.
The highest win per line actually isn’t very impressive. It is 1,200 euros, but if you want to get such a win, you have to make a bet equal to 400 euros. And in case of success (if five out of 5 chests will be collected), you get 400 x 3 which is 1,200 euros.
Wild symbol multiplies all bet line wins that have such a symbol by a corresponding Multiplier (a particular number will be shown right on the symbol). Wild can substitute all symbols apart from the Bonus (Scatter) symbol.
The Scatter symbol activates Willy's hot wheel feature that brings free spins and other additional bonuses.
Slot Bonus Features
The free spins round that is offered in this slot is really extraordinary. It can be activated by a Bonus (Scatter) symbol and it is called Willy’s hot wheel feature.
First of all, a Bonus symbol has to land on reel 1 together with one or more stacks of Multiplier Wild symbols covering the entire reel 2,3,4 or 5. In this case, Willy's hot wheel feature will be activated.
What can this feature bring to a player theoretically? If reels are fully covered with Multiplier Wild symbols, they become Fire Pointers and can bring different awards on each spin. To note, the number of spins left is displayed on each Fire pointer.
The coin win feature can be caught during Willy's hot wheel feature. It awards a random coin win of 1 to 30 times the bet.
Moreover, “+3 spins” feature adds 3 Willy’s hot wheel spins to the Fire Pointer. And the “extra” feature turns one of the reels into a Fire pointer.
Chillie Multiplier can appear while Willy's hot wheel feature is active as well, it multiplies the wins. But I’m going to consider this feature further in the article.
There is no bonus game as a separate element in this slot. Though, in my opinion, the described above bonus features can fully replace such a bonus game.
All the special features are actually the slot Bonus features in the Willy’s Hot Chillies slot. And there are no other special features in the slot.
As for multiplier, during the base game, if a Multiplier Wild symbol appears on a bet line, all this bet line’s wins will be multiplied by the corresponding Multiplier. If two or more Multiplier Wild symbols appear on a winning bet line, their multipliers are added. It is also said in the rules that stacks of Multiplier Wild symbols with Multipliers of x2, x3, x4 or x5 can appear on reels 2-5 and cover from one position to the entire reel.
During Willy's Hot Wheel feature, Chillie Multiplier can land on the reels as well. Here, it increases the Chillie Multiplier by 1 till the end of Willy's hot feature. While this feature is active, all wins are multiplied by the Chillie Multiplier.
Willy's Hot Chillies doesn’t offer a progressive jackpot. The maximum possible payout is 2000x a stack which is not a life-changing sum of money, but it is quite satisfying.
RTP and volatility
Willy’s Hot Chillies has a Return To Player (RTP) of 96%. This coefficient can be considered an average on the market (the average RTP ranges from 96% to 97%). So that it is not the best RTP I have ever seen, but it is pretty good to play the slot and be sure that the game is safe and fair in a long-distance.
The volatility of the slot game is medium. It means that you will get wins (more often they will be small in size) quite often.
And it has a hit rate of 20.79%.
Graphics and sound
Actually, the general design and its details seem too simple. I mean I didn’t see mind-blowing graphics. Even though it is colorful and pretty enjoyable. It’s just not enough for me to be estimated as one of the best slots in the industry.
The sound of the game is not irritating, and it is good. Moreover, it conceptually fit the spicy-Mexican theme of the slot.
As for the intro, it is not implemented in the slot. Though, it is not a necessary component of a well-made game.
Firstly, let’s consider the pros and cons of this slot.
Among the pros of Willy’s Hot Chillies slot you will be able to find:
medium RTP level
good quality sound
big free spins multiplier
html5 is supported
Among the con of Willy’s Hot Chillies slot you will be able to find:
quite an ordinary theme with a little bit outdated design
pretty small the maximum possible winning
medium volatility (It would be better if the volatility was lower and hit frequency was higher for some players)
As a result, Willy's hot chillies slot has its own advantages and disadvantages, all of them you can see right above.
So, it is great that it is created by the trustworthy provider and its fairness is surely tested. Moreover, the slot has lots of features and fascinating bonuses that are supposed to make the game experience more vivid and dynamic.
Honestly speaking, the disadvantages of the slot are impactful as well. So, you won’t get life-changing money, RTP isn’t very attractive as well as the volatility and hit frequency levels. And one more big disadvantage is the quite ordinary theme and simple animation that can make some players bored very quickly.
Summing up, I liked the idea of a bright and full of features game with interesting concepts and vivid colors. But taking into account all slot’s pros and cons, I’d recommend trying the game for free first to make your own decision after that.