Ever enjoyed a session on a classic fruit machine in your local pub? Hit It Hard captures that experience in all of its noisy brilliance, flashing lights and all.
ELK Studios are releasing this new slot tomorrow (21 January), and anyone as excited to play it as we are should head straight to Unibet. Just login or sign up for a new account and start banging away!
Hit It Hard – what you need to know!
Numbers-wise, Hit It Hard is a high volatility slot (8 out of 10), with three reels, three rows, five paylines, and an average return to players of 96.3%.
And when we say fast, we mean FAST. The small number of reels, rows, and ways means spins resolve very quickly. Put this game on autospin and things move very quickly without the need for “hyper” spins.
The symbols are easy to understand. Low symbols are fruit: cherries, lemons, and a watermelon. High symbols include a 7, and Bars (one Bar, two Bars, or 3 Bars).
Wilds only appear on Reel 3, and in the base game are always a multiplier (2x, 3x, or 5x). If a Wild lands and is not part of a win, there is a Wild Respin, with Reel 3 locked in place. This is a simple but fun feature, especially as if a Wild lands on a winning spin but the Wild is not part of that win, players still get a Wild Respin. Wilds come up fairly often, making Wild Respins fairly common.
There is a single Scatter symbol – a purple six-sided die – which also only appears on Reel 3. To trigger the bonus game this Scatter must land on the middle row of Reel 3. To make this impossible to forget, the middle row on Reel 3 has an outline of the Scatter showing players where it needs to land with every spin.
The Free Spins Game
The Hit It Hard bonus game is nothing like free spins game on a typical online slot. It begins with the six dice on the top of the screen lighting up, one by one. The dice each have a different number showing, 1-6, and when the light finally stops that number is the players “roll.” Then, starting with the START space, a player advances around the “board” above the reels moving clockwise from the bottom right. Each space represents a mini-free spin game (for example, 3 free spins) and any win keeps a player in the game. After a win the dice “roll” again, and the player advances forward.
The free spins games are straightforward, but there are a few mini-games which are unexpected. Land on Lucky Ballz and the “board” turns into a Pachinko-style machine which creates opportunities for pretty sizeable wins. There is also a Super Ballz game with a similar format.
The top left space on the board is Stacked Wilds, which produces some great free spins!
There is also a Quantum Leap space which transports the player to another random space on the board, and a mysterious Key space. Collect two keys in the same game and a Vault on the bottom right will open.
We liked this Free Spin game a LOT, but be warned that Hit It Hard moves so quickly that it is easy to fail on the first mini-game and end up back in the base game within a few seconds. During our testing, the Scatter landed reasonably frequently, so even when the free spins game was annoyingly short, there was still a good run at least once per session.
When a Free Spins game gets 3-4 rolls along, the excitement really builds and the fun takes off!
Why we love Hit It Hard
This is a FUN game, no two ways about it. It is fast and the bonus game is one of the most fun we have played in a while (see our demo blow).
One note of caution: the early demo version of this game we tested had some background music that clashed with the game sound effects, but ELK Studios have assured us this was corrected for the final release.
Where can you play Hit It Hard
This game is set for release on 21 January, and anyone hoping to play it as soon as possible should head straight to Unibet.
Not only does Unibet have a huge selection of slots, but it also has a good track record for getting new games loaded and ready to play quickly.
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