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Express yourself with some textbook tattoos

This Hot Ink slot machine from Microgaming combines the world of body art and tattoos, with real cash wins, and potentially with less pain all around.

With 1024 ways to win, the Hot Ink slot brings you some faded tattoos related to the world of luck and gambling; lucky golden horseshoes with four leaf clovers, dice that are on fire, lucky 8 balls with devilish hearts, and stars.

You’ll feel like you’re in the tattoo shop itself, with the chair where the work is done, and a guy tattooing his own arm in the company of then two lovely ladies, Angel and Luci, who are symbols in their own right but can combine to create a win.

The graphics and sounds are a little dated, but blend in with the overall theme very well, so you don’t notice as much.

But it’s those 1024 ways to win that you will be thankful for when you spin this game. This, combine with the high 96 – 97% return to player rate, provide plenty of action throughout the base game and free spins.

Respin each reel to win

You shouldn’t play Hot Ink slot on autoplay. Reasons being after a win you will see the re-spin buttons light up at the bottom of each reel.

This give you the option to pay less than your original bet to re-spin one of the five reels in order to see if you can create a winning combination of symbols.

The great thing is that unlike with fixed payline slots, this 1024 ways to win game pays for adjacent symbols left to right which means you only need to find the symbol you are looking for anywhere on the 4 spaces available on the reel you spin.

That said, this feature can feel like more of a gimmick than a real way to win at time. But it does give you the potential to gamble for less to get a win, especially if you have a few symbols that could create multiple wins.

Though, by the same reasoning, you should know the paytable by heart; it’s best used when the symbols that you need will provide you with a that that is greater to your bet and re-spin cost.

And then there’s the two bonus games to look forward to triggering.

  • Software: Microgaming
  • Min Bet: 0.50
  • Max Bet: 125.00
  • Slot Type: Video
  • Paylines: 1024 Ways to Win
  • Reels: 5 Reels
  • Return to Player: 96% - 97%
  • Variance: High
  • Free Spins: 20 free spins with wins doubled
  • Wilds: Hot Ink slot logo is wild symbol and subs for all except scatters
  • Other Bonus Games: Tattoo Bonus for instant cash prizes and can trigger free spins, Re-spin reel feature
  • Mobile: No
By SlotSumo | Updated: Nov 25th 2015 | Rating 2.7
Bonus games and free spins await your bravery

Two bonus games for instant cash and free spins

Throughout your spins you have the chance to trigger two bonus games.

The Tattoo Bonus game explained

Find 3 or more of the golden Tattoo Bonus card symbols across the five reels and you will be taken to a screen where a scantily clad lady is waiting to be tattooed.

All you have to do here is simply click on the books named Arm, Back and Leg, and a tattoo will be picked at random and displayed on to the body of the girl. A cash prize will also be displayed in the book.

We’ve had some decent success here with wins of over 20x our bet, and seeing as this bonus games appear quite regularly, it’s usually a welcomed top up to your balance.

There’s one last thing; if all three tattoos end up being the same you will also win 10 free spins where all wins are doubled on top of your cash prizes.

Something that’s harder to do, but always brings a slight thrill as you uncover the body art.

Win 20 free spins with 2x multiplier

The second of the Hot Ink slot bonus games is that of some simple free spins.

Find 3 or more of the two koi carp entwined as yin and yang symbols and you’ll win 20 free games. All wins throughout the games are doubled and you the chance to re-trigger them for even more spins and winning opportunities.

The free spins don’t show up as often as the cash bonus, but can provide some impressive wins thanks to that multiplier.

Should you get some Hot Ink slot action?

This game will dive you in to the world of tattoos. Are they a good thing or a bad thing? Who knows and who cares, as all this Hot Ink slot aims to do is use the theme to get spinning and winning.

Multiple bonus games provide you with some decent cash prizes and a high return to player rate offers you constant action throughout.

You might not often win big, or win much at all during the base game, but that’s what high variance slots are all about. You have to bide your time in hope for those reels to line up and take a chance to re-spin a few reels from time to time.

Aimed more for experienced slot player out there, as you need to know when to use the re-spin option, and the betting starts at 0.50 and goes all the way up to 125 per spin. Just be sure budget wisely if you want your experience to last.

This Hot Ink video slot has the potential to permanently make an impression on you, but if you are not clear-headed, you might regret the choice in the morning.

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Hot Ink Review
  • By Microgaming
  • RTP: 96% - 97%
  • 5 Reels, 1024 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet: 0.50
  • Max Bet: 125.00
  • Tattoo Parlour slot theme with classic tattoo symbols
  • Free spins with 2x multiplier for more wins
  • 1024 ways to win reels with high RTP keeps the action constant
  • A game for the more experienced slots player
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