If you have a soft spot for the computer graphics of the later 90s – and soundtracks like the ones which accompanied Super Mario – you now have a pretty close reproduction of the experience of playing a classic slot machine in a real casino.
Triple Red Hot 777s, the latest release from developers IGT, is not just nostalgic – for those who spent a fair amount of time (and money) on real slot machines. It comes with a generous suite of free spins, combos and bonus multipliers that effectively raise the average return on your total bet. It’s the simple, if repetitive, kind of fun that comes with a high-paced risk/reward state of mind – the kind that is becoming rarer on newer slot games with more features and more elaborate reward systems.
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|Release Date||April 2016|
|Casino||Mr Green Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||3 reels/ 5 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||10p – £50|
|Free Spins||Up to 7 free spins|
|Features||Free Spins, Win Multipliers|
|Pros||Simple theme, high frequency payout|
|Cons||Lack of features|
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As far as games go, Triple Red Hot 7’s is as simple as they come. But the apparent simplicity belies the thrill and short-lived excitement of playing with pure chance and luck. Those yearning to spin a classic slot machine, for the short bursts of suspense in quick succession that only it can give, can indulge their nostalgia on IGT’s new title, where hitting ‘spin’ is as addictive as pulling a real lever.
We like the overly animated graphics and flashy neon animations. Pair this with a repetitive electro-synthesized tune on constant loop with no discernible start or end, and you have yourself a pretty authentic and well-executed 90’s themed interface reminiscent of old Nintendo’s. Refreshingly different from the now-common literal theme – where the interface is a reproduced computer animation of the real object (think early generation iPhones).
Before we stray too far from the basics, Triple Red Hot 7’s feature a 3 reel setup accompanied by 5 paylines. The smallest wager accepted would be 10p and the largest wager accepted is a massive £50. This wide range of wagers truly reminds us of the real slot machines, where wide ranges of wagers are accepted as well. If you are lucky, you can win up to 20,000 times your wager with a three-line Triple Red Hot Combo. Keep reading to find out how!
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The main feature that Triple Red Hot 7’s sports is the Free Spins feature. This may sound extremely familiar (and boring) but IGT has got that covered for you. Theoretically, you can get up to 700 free spins – with 7 as a default minimum. On top of the Free Spins that you will win, there will be a Spitfire Multiplier. You will be rewarded with this multiplier on your wins, and it ranges from 2X to a respectable 7X. Unfortunately, the Spitfire Multiplier feature will not be triggered if your win is only made up of Wild Symbols.
As it’s a classic three-reel slot, the top prize is only a 3 symbol line-up away. Those are some pretty great chances to make a handsome average returns on your money, especially when you consider wagers begin as low as 5p, and a maximum potential multiplier of 20,000 times your line bet when you strike the right combos and multipliers in succession.
Like a classic land based three-reel slot machine, it’s fun, addictive, and fast. No frills, fussy features or complex rules for combos – you only vary your line bet and the number of paylines. But there’s a slight twist: the variables are interdependent. Even so, we found, on a fairly consistent basis, that the increased probability of hitting multipliers (due to more paylines) outweighed the greater risk of larger bets.
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Gameplay is smooth and seamless, but you should expect that from a classic slot with a few, but very effective, features. As with all of IGT’s titles, Triple Red Hot 777s runs equally well on every platform. Expect no hiccups or glitches while you roll in your winnings with five paylines cast over the reels like a large fishnet. We ran the game for 250 spins, varying our total bets between 50p and £15, and finished the session with close to 150% earnings on our starting bank balance of £100.
The defining feature of this game is, by far, the nostalgia induced by the 16-bit graphics, which is as deliberately unrealistic and exaggerated as it is effective at recreating the experience of facing a slot machine, parked in a row of a hundred others in the middle of a bustling gambling hall. The Nintendo-esque soundtrack that playfully rolls and loops can get slightly hypnotic if you immerse yourself in the simple thrill of chasing your luck on each spin.
IGT has engineered a combo and rewards structure that appears convincingly generous – and, in fact, often is. To state the obvious, the average probability across all players must be in their favour, even if ever so slightly. But really, who cares when you’re having fun (and earning handsome sums)?
Although the excitement that could potentially be derived from an honest and simple slot machine with great compounding rewards seems rather implausible, we’ve done our best to do justice to how engaging – and, on some short bursts, addictive – experience. We highly recommend this game to you.