If you observe a chilli pepper sweating, you should know that your tongue may be in for a rude awakening. However, if the pepper in issue had eyes and a toothy grin, perhaps not. One of the characters in Red Hot BBQ, an online slot game developed by Red Tiger, is just like that. Red Tiger has added to this dish of tongue-tingling ingredients by including a Mystery Sauce extra, free spins with a symbol upgrade progression component, and a bonus purchase feature.
The word “bowl” is perhaps not the best choice to describe Red Hot BBQ, given the gameplay takes place above a barbecue grill as seen from above. The events in Red Hot BBQ take place outside on a piece of garden cobblestones, among grass, leaves, and a bag of charcoal, so we can safely assume that no kitchen was destroyed in the making of the film. Red Hot BBQ features beautiful visuals across the board. Potentially useful for closing your eyes and transporting yourself to a backyard barbecue in the middle of summer with your closest friends.
Red Hot BBQ, developed by Red Tiger, may be played on any device, with bets ranging from 10 pence to £/€80. Players can also “skip the appetizers” and go straight to the main meal by paying for one of two add-ons. There is a theoretical 95.66% return to player value when playing in the game’s normal setting, and a little increase to 96.75% when using the Feature Buy. There are 20 paylines throughout its playing area of 5 reels, each of which may accommodate 3 symbols.
When at least three identical symbols appear on consecutive reels, starting on the leftmost reel, players win along the corresponding payline. Six different food things have been employed as the top paying symbols, and they get progressively more menacing as their value increases. The Garlic, Onion, Serrano, Jalapeo, Habanero, and Ghost Pepper Symbols are the High Paying Barbecue Symbols. Four rather tame flame-coated J’s, A’s, K’s, and Q’s emerge for low values. Payouts for a successful line of five of a type range from 1 to 3 times the wager for low pays to 4 to 15 times the wager for high pays.
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Due to the lack of a wild sign, the only surviving icons are the Mystery Sauce scatters and the Free Games icons in Red Hot BBQ.
Scatters, or Mystery Sauce icons, can appear anywhere on the board. When Mystery symbols occur, they all turn into the same standard pay icon. They just disclose grilling symbols, not any low-paying royals, so rest assured.
The bonus round is activated when three, four, or five of the free spins scatters appear anywhere on the playing field. This awards nine, twelve, or fifteen free spins, accordingly. During the bonus game, Mystery Sauce scatters may appear with a red pepper icon. Only during free games will the Hot Bar gather these pepper marks.
There are a total of 5 levels to the Hot Bar, and it takes 3 actions to fill each level. The barbeque icons are shown in ascending sequence throughout the various levels. If a symbol’s corresponding stage on the Hot Bar is filled, it will be upgraded to the next symbol on the Hot Bar and only appear as the upgraded symbol on the reels for the duration of the round. If the Hot Bar reaches its maximum level, the highest-paying Ghost Pepper barbecue emblem will emerge. The landing of royals is unaffected. In addition, you may get an extra two free spins for completing the first two tiers of the Hot Bar, three for filling the third and fourth, and five for filling the fifth.
There are actually two opportunities to buy with the bonus buy. You can win 5x your wager or trigger 7x your wager’s value in free spins if you get at least 3 Mystery Sauce scatters on a single spin.
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Red hot peppers (the peppers, not the band) seem to be one of those themes that keeps coming back to flavor online slots. Perhaps it evolved from the flames and blazing sevens that appear in many traditional slot machine designs. If that’s the case, it seems safe to say that chilli slots have a long future ahead of them, too. Red Tiger, along with Red Hot BBQ, has also seasoned reels with slots like Wild Hot Chilli Reels and Hot Hot Chilli Pot, so you know they’re doing their thing to keep the genre moving. Someone in the studio seems to enjoy spicy food.
Despite the abundance of hot slots, not many of them stand out as particularly impressive. It’s difficult to think of many that have stood out from the crowd, but one exception is Big Time Gaming’s Extra Chilli slot machine. Not like Red Hot BBQ, which didn’t exactly set the iGaming world on fire when it was reviewed. Don’t get us wrong, it’s a wonderfully produced game with a handful of elements that have the potential to play well with each other at times, but there’s nothing here worth risking your virtual sanity over. In the course of the review, we were able to upgrade all the way to the Ghost Pepper without too much trouble by using the Mystery Sauce feature during free spins to collect pepper markers for the Hot Bar. The maximum payout in this game is 1,110 times the wager, so it doesn’t get really exciting.
It’s true that not everyone who plays slots online wants to, figuratively speaking, play with the hottest pepper in the world. Perhaps the mild and lemony slot fans will like the antics of Red Hot BBQ and its sassy cast of barbecue characters.