I’ve never been quite sure what to think of baseball. Probably it’s because I’m a cricket fan or just remember the days we used to call it rounders and played it at school. Or perhaps it’s because the Americans call it ‘The World Series’ but all the teams are American apart from the occasional Canadian team. Well you don’t have to live on the other side of the Atlantic to be able to play this baseball themed slot from Microgaming. Just like American teams in the World Series, Microgaming have a reputation of being winners.
This is a five-reel game that has just the nine paylines and these aren’t fixed. Playing the game costs between £0.25 and £18 so not one for the high rollers out there. The look of the game is good and sports fans will enjoy the crowd noises. Symbols in ‘Hot Shot’ include popcorn, hot dogs, french fries sweets, coffee, a baseball caps, a Home Run symbol, a Strike symbol and silhouettes of pitchers and batters. It’s good to see all the symbols being theme-related rather than padding the symbols out with playing cards. Five of the home run symbols on an activated payline is the top win here. It pays 1000x your line bet.
A baseball on fire isn’t usually good news but it is here. That’s because it just happens to be the wild symbol. This substitutes for all other symbols and can help get you some home runs, sorry winning combinations. It doesn’t substitute for the scatter symbol which is the trophy. You may only have nine paylines to activate in this game but it’s not really necessary to play all of them all the time. The scatter symbol can get you wins without having to be on an activated payline. Three or more of the scatters will help get you 10x your line bet and five sees you winning 100x that bet. If you do happen to get a scatter win and a regular win from the other symbols, both are paid out so that’s a bit of a bonus.
Playing the game is pretty straightforward but have a look through the paytable anyway. That and a few free games will get you fully used to how the game plays before risking your real cash balance.
There’s a regular and expert mode for this game as there are for many Microgaming releases. The only real difference is when it comes to autoplays. In expert mode you can either just set five or ten automated spins if you want. Alternatively you can just press the autoplay button and set a more precise number.
Sadly there aren’t any bonus games in this slot which is as much a mystery as the rules to the sport of baseball. Mind you, we get our own back on the Americans because they haven’t got a clue about cricket.
A rare disappointing slot from Microgaming. It’s all going pretty well until you realize that there’s no bonus game to aim for. The slightly higher cost of the game is a tad disappointing too. So not really a hot shot to be honest.