First off I’d like to say that Hot Chilli’s graphics and animations are excellent. But, after the first ten times you watch chopsticks picking winning combinations out of the bubbling liquid the fun starts to wear off. The problem is that aside from the ritual fishing for ingredients, nothing else really happens. And after starting too long at mushrooms, beef and corn, I simply began looking forward to my lunch break. Not the effect Pragmatic Play was gunning for, I’m sure.
Everything about this slot is designed to appeal the Asian market. From the symmetrical multiples of nine in the betting options, the deep red color scheme, the hot pot theme, and the 888 x maximum win (8 being the luckiest of numbers in Chinese culture), every aspect has been created to pander toward superstitions and ideations of luck. But players from several parts of the world are free to give this slightly off beat Pragmatic Play slot a go.
The hot pot is prepared in a rather opulent golden dragon pot, and the ingredient symbols are made up of tofu, tomatoes, beef, salmon and mushrooms. Instead of the usual spinning reels, symbols bob up and down in the surface of the spicy soup, forming winning combinations across 9 fixed paylines. The modern, vaguely Chinese, music is paired with the pleasant noise of bubbling liquid. But listen to it too long and you might find yourself in need of a bathroom break more often than is strictly necessary.