While we’re not the types to advocate crime of any kind…of course not…we’re more than a little partial to a few spins with a cops n’ robbers style video slot. Which is useful, given how there are literally hundreds of them available all over the world! As always though, it’s pretty safe to say that the differences from one to the next tend to be night and day and then some. So we prefer to stick with only the best.
Today, we’ll be looking at The Heat is On and Art of the Heist – two slots that follow a crime theme of sorts in rather different ways. But what the two definitely have in common is the way in which both are more than worth checking out for a few spins at least!
The Heat Is On
Bringing the usual five reels with a generous 45 paylines to the table, Microgaming has once again delivered the goods with The Heat is On. As you’ve no doubt figured out, it has a crime theme and can be played across mobile and desktop platforms alike. Spins start out at a minimum of 50p and go up to a maximum of £100, with the most enticing prospect of all being a free spins feature with an incredible 160 possible free spins to play for.
It’s all very cartoony and not a bit serious, which is just the way we like it with these kinds of things. There are all the usual playing card values in the mix, along with a bunch of bombs, motorcycles, police cars, helicopters and suitcases full of gold bullion. Unsurprisingly, it’s the gold that’s worth the biggest prize and will net you 45X your stake if you line up five in a row.
There’s a thief and a policewoman on the board too – both of which are wilds. They can take the place of most other symbols in the game and will reward you with a payout of up to 10,000 coins if you manage to line up fine in a row. You can also line up a mixture of the two – five in a row with any combination of wilds paying out a 5,000-coin prize.
Then there’s the scatter symbol that takes the form of the bank, which can score you 5, 10 or 20 free spins if you land 3, 4 or 5 in any positions. However, land 7 of them and you’re looking at a prize of 1,500 coins instantly. Depending on the positions you land those scatters in, you could end up with a bumper haul of free spins to play with. Land two scatters on both the second and third reels during the feature and you could take things as high as a whopping 160 free spins.
So while the base game may be a little on the basic side, there’s plenty of action to play for once that free spins round makes an appearance. Even without big wins and bonuses, The Heat is On is still an enjoyable game for a few spins and is somewhat around the mid-reaches in terms of variance. It looks great, sounds great and is a solid choice for a spot of casual gaming on the go.
Art of the Heist
Next up, Art of the Heist comes fresh from the ranks of Playson and is based around the tale of a burglar by the name of Vincenzo. He’s out to make a packet by stealing goodies from a museum, which for the pleasure of taking part will cost you between 21p and £63 per spin. That’s because there are 21 paylines to play for across the usual five reels.
Once again, Art of the Heist is not taken too seriously in terms of visuals, which are delightfully cartoony and really nice to look at. The symbols in play include the usual lower-value playing cards and a bunch of crowns, statues, walkie-talkies, security guards, mummies and museums of much higher value. The treasure chest and the crown are the most generous during normal play and are worth as much as 300X your bet, if you land five on a winning line. The treasure chest is also the wild.
The painting is the bonus symbol and needs to be landed in quantities of three of more to enter the bonus round. When this happens, you’ll also be rewarded with anything from 40X to 300X times your bet, depending on whether you line up three, four or five in a row. Once you enter the feature, you will be asked to choose which of the rooms you think the alarm system’s switches in, which you’ll need to turn off to get busy with the burglary. Get it right and you’re in for a big win. There are 15 rooms in total with 7 keys to find, along with a further 2 keys in some of the rooms. It all becomes a lot clearer when you actually play it – worry not!
You can also win up to 10 free spins in a slightly different way to the norm, during which stacked wilds come into play and increase the likelihood of even bigger wins.
As a relatively low-variance slot, Art Of the Heist is good fun for a few casual spins here and there and tends to pay out relatively modest prizes on a regular basis. It’s the not the kind of slot you can really expect huge wins from, unless you plan to stick around for the very long-haul. Then again, it was clearly designed with casual gaming in mind and certainly delivers the goods when you just fancy a few spins on the go.