Island Heat

What you’ve been waiting for all these years – perhaps without realising it – is an online video slot that seriously examines the issues around climate change. If that somewhat unlikely premise is true for you (and why not!?) then this glamour/beach themed tropical game is not the one you’ve been waiting for!

This Island Heat slot is a 5 by 3 grid game with a standard set up from Greentube, who are the interactive division of NOVOMATIC under a new name.

The company is behind a load of big games, most notably the big-hitting Book of Ra series.

Island Heat slot is in a relatively rare genre area, and a lot of its appeal will depend on players liking the Hawaiian atmosphere as well as a free spins round that delivers up to 32 free goes.

Should you rub yourself all over with oil and squeeze into your bathers for this trip to the sun though?

Let’s have a look in our review.

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Island Heat Slot Q&A

What game provider developed the Island Heat slot?

The Island Heat slot is developed by Novomatic slot provider.

When was the Island Heat slot released?

Just before summer in April 2019 Novomatic released this summery Island Heat slot.

What is the Island Heat RTP?

The RTP or theoretical return to player percentage of Island Heat slot is a bit lower than the industry standard and stands at 95%.

What’s the layout?

Island Heat slot comes with 5 reels, 3 rows, and 30 fixed pay lines where wins are formed by at least three matching symbols on an active pay line starting from the leftmost reel to the right.

What theme is used in this slot?

Island Heat is a summer-inspired slot machine. There’s a lot of vacation scenery with beaches, pretty girls with flowers in their hair, pineapples, and tiki symbols referring to the Hawaiian scene.

Can I play this game on mobile?

Island Heat can be played across all devices including smartphones. Therefore, you can enjoy this Hawaiian slot wherever you are.

What is the Island Heat variance?

Island Heat can be put in the low to medium variance slot category. The smaller and medium-sized wins is what you will more frequently see on the reels.

What is the minimum bet and the top prize?

The betting scale in Island Heat starts at a minimum of 30p per spin and goes up to £100 per spin. A single spin in this slot, if you are lucky enough, can bring you up to x1,000 the total stake.

Are there any free spins and bonus rounds? What other features comes with?

The Island Heat slot has a standard Free Spins Bonus round. 3, 4, or 5 scatters will award 8, 16, or as many as 32 free spins. There are no special added features in the Bonus but the Mega Stacks feature (also active in the base game) applies in the Bonus as well.

Are there any jackpots?

There are no jackpots present in Island Heat slot machine.

Is there anything else that I should know about the Island Heat slot?

Mega Stacks feature can be pretty lucrative as at every spin a symbol is chosen to appear as stacked on the reels, this includes wilds as well. Just imagine what can happen if a top symbol or wild appear as stacked across multiple or even all reels at the same time!

If I like this game, what else should I look at?

Island Heat is a classic Hawaiian-themed slot machine and if you enjoyed this one there are others with a similar theme to explore. Aloha! Cluster Pays by NetEnt should definitely be on your list as it comes with cluster mechanics and pretty great winning potential. Ignite the Night slot or Sam on the Beach are also similar slots worth checking out.

The Facts and Figures

Island Heat slot is a 5 by 3 game and there are 30 pay-lines across that playing area.

The top prize is 45,000 coins, which you can win on betting from 0.01 to 45 coins. In UK terms this should amount to £45,000 with bets from 1p to £45. This translates into a theoretical return to player of 95.04%.

This is low for the current market, but only marginally, and the RTP is not an accurate measure of how you should expect that game to behave in a single session.

You can play this game on all devices that allow you to use JavaScript and HTML5. The game was released on April 2019.

How to Play Island Heat Slot

Island Heat slot

The game is played on a standard reel set with a standard set of controls.

The backdrops are island scenes – beaches, volcanoes, etc – and a young woman, presumably an inhabitant of said island, who has not dressed for a business meeting.

Along the bottom of all this run the controls.

At the left is a menu button that will let you call up the settings and pay-table.

Then the pay-lines indicator is followed by the gamble button. In the centre of the panel is the window where your balance and current win show up. To the right are the max bet button, an autoplay button and a start/collect button.

There are other controls in the game frame, including sound options and a game timer.

How to Win

Once you hit that menu button you’re able to look at the paytable.

Here you’ll find some tropically themed symbols.

The bottom of the paytable is – as so often – filled with cards: jacks and queens both pay .10, .4, and  .75-times stake. Then kings and aces pay 0.2, 0.5, and 1 times stake for three, four and five.

The top-paying symbols are themed.

Tropical orchids pay 0.3, 0.75, and 1.25-times stake. Pineapples pay 0.4, 1, and 1.5-times stake for three, four, and five. Parrots pay 0.4, 1, and 2-times stake.

The top two symbols payout from sets of two. Dolphins pay 0.2, 0.5, 1, and 2.25-times stake. The island girl pays 0.3, 0.5, 1, and 2.5 times stake for combinations of two through to five.

On top of these, there are two special symbols.

A fire god – that’s a guess – pays out from two symbols upwards like this: 0.75, 3, 15 and 50-times stake, and stands in for everything except for the bonus.

The bonus is a flame, and it appears only on the middle reels of the game. It pays out 3-times stake for sets of 7, 8, and 9, and also triggers the free spins game.

Bonus Games

In the base game, there is a gamble feature on wins.

This is a red/black card choice game with a Double or Quit on wins. This turns off on higher wins or while the autoplay function is on.

  • The main bonus game is a standard free spins game.
  • The stacked scatter delivers this.
  • Seven symbols deliver 8 free games.
  • Eight scatters deliver 16 free games.
  • And nine symbols deliver 32 free games. (All coming with that 3-times wager win, of course).
  • The free spins rounds can feature a “mega stacks” feature, which seems to be triggered randomly.
  • The Mega Stacks feature chooses at random one of the symbols to stack on the reels, filling up one reel. If you hit the wild in this feature then you could be looking at a win after win after win.

The Verdict

This is an unusual game. Not many games are themed in this way, which – despite the focus on pretty girls – feels quite female-friendly with its flowers, fruits and animals.

Good lord, it was refreshing!

Everyone has their own tastes, and we like space battles, ancient warlords, and battling aliens, superheroes, gods and mythological figures as much as the next man, but this change in atmosphere, colour palette and feeling was a breath of fresh air!

The game itself is also decent if not ground-breaking or superb.

The gameplay is simple but high quality, and did we mention that we love the design of the symbols on the reels, which really add to the island holiday feel.

Nice easy controls and decent help and information options make this a great game for beginners, as does the ultra-low amount of your entry stake – not many games allow you to play for 1p.

The bonus games are where you’re likely to hit those big wins, and this is an OK feature, with generous amounts of free spins at the top end. The gamble feature is OK too, and as nicely designed as the rest of the game.

Island Heat slot won’t change the world, or even change anything at all in the slots industry, but we really liked it. As summer comes on you might want to take a look too, and see how your mood improves when you’re surrounded by some actually pleasant imagery (and sounds, which we also liked!). Take a cruise to your favourite online casino site now and catch some Island Heat today.

Rachel Pine

Slots Expert

Rachel Pine is our slots expert who has worked in the online gambling industry for 10+ years. Over the course of her career, Rachel has reviewed more than 3,000 slots.