If you’ve played slots in a brick-and-mortar casino, it is likely that you’ve come across IGT’s popular Hexbreaker slot before. Hexbreaker is a land-based video slot machine that features HooDoo, the unlucky black cat and other symbols of misfortune. The premise of the game is to prove that unlucky losing streaks can be broken, even when we’re meddling with typical symbols of bad luck. In fact, it is positioned as the game players turn to when they want to turn around their fortunes. This month, IGT revives this old favourite and brings Hexbreaker 2 to mobile casinos.
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|Release Date||October 2015|
|Casino||Mr Green Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.0%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 720 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||50p – £20|
|Free Spins||Up to 260 free spins|
|Features||MultiWay Xtra, Free Spins, Wild Symbols|
|Pros||Cool 720 ways to win, genuine theme|
|Cons||Rare free spins trigger|
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The reels are set up in a 3-4-5-4-3 configuration. These reels are loaded with symbols that are typically associated with misfortune. There are black cats, black crows, broken mirrors, jinxes and the dreaded number 13. However, a loss-making game it is not. For starters, Hexbreaker II pays both ways. This means that winning combinations can start from either the left or right side of the screen. Secondly, there are a whopping 720 ways to win!
The game is playable from 50p per spin – not the cheapest game around, yet it isn’t too intimidating for casual players. IGT reports that the game has medium volatility, which makes it palatable for players of all risk appetites. There are big wins as well as small ones; winning streaks as well as quiet periods.
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IGT is back again with its MultiWay Xtra feature. MultiWay Xtra rewards players for two things:
- Symbols that are aligned across the screen, from left to right, or right to left
- Symbols that are stacked on top of each other within a single column
This math model is quite confusing, but let me try to break it down with an example:
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3||Column 4||Column 5|
First, there’s the traditional payline with four Ace/Wild symbols in a row. According to the paytable, this combination pays 15 coins. Then, there are four Wild symbols stacked in Column 3; this multiplies your winnings by four! Hence, your final payout for this would calculated such: 15 coins X 4 = 60 coins! The math model translates to good payouts, most of the time.
Besides the MultiWay Xtra feature, there are also stacked wild symbols and free spins. The former feature includes Wild symbols appearing in big groups of three or more. This occurs on reels 2, 3 or 4; on both the base game and free spins mode. Meanwhile, free spins occur when five Horseshoe symbols appear on consecutive reels.
The game rewards you with 10 free spins, with the possibility of retriggering the feature and scoring up to 260 free spins! The paytable in the free spins game is also more profitable than that in the base game – offering twice as much cash per win.
Hexbreaker II is available across a variety of platforms, including laptop/PC, mobile phones and tablets. Since it is produced by the large and reputable gaming company, IGT, Hexbreaker II is fault-free. The paytable is verified for fairness, the platform is tested for bugs and the graphics are tastefully rendered. The artistic style borders spooky, making it a perfect game to play in the dark days after Halloween.
Hexbreaker II comes from a long line of MultiWay Xtra wagering games from IGT. Some other titles that feature this unique math model include Pacific Paradise, Sushi Yum Yum and Siberian Storm. Although these games share the same building blocks, they are far from similar. Each of them have their own unique features and style. Pacific Paradise was a disappointment with its artificial-looking fishes, yet Siberian Storm has captured players’ hearts for years now.
Hexbreaker II is a decent slot. I mean, who would turn their nose up at 720 paylines? It isn’t particularly exciting or profitable, but theme definitely turns heads. The next time you’re experiencing a particularly uninspiring day of losses, give Hexbreaker II a shot. It may actually turn your luck around; at the very least, it’s a fun poke at your misfortune.