Hot Pepper is a cluster paying grid slot, played on a 7x7 game grid set in a sandy desert location in one of the hotter, drier parts of the planet. A big wooden framed game grid is joined by desert plants, cacti, a lizard, rocky cliffs, and wide cloudy skies. You can almost feel the dust blowing in on the breeze. It might have felt a touch more lifeless than it does if not for the energetic soundtrack and the happy sombrero-wearing chap on the reels. Pragmatic Play has located several similarly themed slots in a town, so the change of setting goes hand in hand with a changeup in gaming mechanics.
To start sampling some of the chili goodness, players pick a stake starting at $0.20 going up to $100 per paid game round. Any device can be used to play a game that comes with two possible RTP settings; 96.45% or the lower value version of 95.02%. On the higher RTP version, the return value increases a notch or two to 96.79% when buying free spins, while the volatility, rated 5 out of 5, is high.
Hitting the play button drops 49 symbols onto the panel, creating a winning cluster when at least five matching symbols land adjacent to each other in vertical or horizontal positions. Seven pay symbol types appear, from low to high they are clubs, hearts, spades, limes, tacos, piñatas, and the happy chap in the hat. Five symbol clusters pay 0.1 to 1 times the bet, whereas the largest clusters, continuing 15+ matching symbols, award 10 to 50 times the stake. Other symbols are the wilds and the scatter symbols, discussed next.
Step one in grasping how Hot Pepper functions is its tumble wins mechanism. When a winning cluster hits, the symbols that formed it explode from the game board. The gaps are filled by symbols falling down from above; in addition, a chili symbol is placed in one of the empty spaces as part of the Random Wild Multiplier feature.
Chili symbols are wild, so they substitute for all other symbols except the scatter. A random level from 1 to 5 is selected as well. This level determines what sort of multiplier the chilli wilds will have. Then, for every 3 wilds used in a tumble sequence on the same spin, the level increases, up to level 5 at most. Levels and their values follow this progression:
Multipliers are applied to any win the wild is part of, and if more than one wild is part of a cluster, the values are added to each other first. In the base game, level progress is reset at the end of the spin.
Landing 3 scatter symbols in a tumble sequence awards 12 free spins. In free spins, wilds generated by cluster wins are always at level 5 for the full duration of the bonus round. The round can be extended by +5 free spins when 3 scatter symbols hit in a tumble sequence. Finally, where available, users may buy free spins for a cost equal to 100 times the total bet.
The minimum bet for the slot is $0.20.
Pragmatic Play is the game provider/developer for this slot game.
The RTP for the slot is set at 95.02%.
The biggest potential win for this online slot is 10,000x.
Yes, this online slot game is playable on any mobile device.
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