Apart from Brits using this as a phrase to complain when the weather has proved just that bit too hot, it’s unlikely that most of us will have pondered the hotness of Hades. Microgaming aren’t so much dwelling on the place Hades, but more the person. The star of this five reel, three row, 20 payline outing is Hades, the Lord of the Dead and Ruler of the Underworld according to Greek mythology. But don’t worry, he’s very friendly.

Gameplay

Though Hot As Hades uses a three row and five reel format, this online slot from Microgaming does initially feel elongated, like an envelope. Perhaps it’s the widescreen effect Microgaming are going for, and this letterbox style plus the game’s theme certainly gives this title an epic feel. And the characters of this epic tale? Hades himself, a flame-haired grinning young oaf, Zeus, Poseidon, Medusa and Cerberus, the three headed hound guard of Hades who looks here as though he’s much more of a playful pup. Even Medusa looks like she might be okay to sit down with over a coffee. It is this cartoonish feel that doesn’t diminish from the epic nature of the tale but makes these fearsome legendary creatures much more accessible.

Naturally our characters are the game’s high-paying symbols while more standard 10s through Aces make up the numbers as our low-payers. The Game Logo is Wild, which not only substitutes for all other symbols except the Crystal Helm Scatter but also doubles any wins for any Wild-completed payline win.

Bonuses

The Crystal Helm Scatter launches the Quest For The Crystal Helm Feature when we land three or more of them across the reels, a superbly animated mini-game that sees Hades skip away from the Underworld and hit the road on the hunt for Mount Olympus. On our way we must help Hades overcome a series of tasks, as is the Greek tradition. These tasks include choosing the right urn to create a hidden bridge, selecting a path that helps us tip-toe past Medusa and picking a shell that allows us past Poseidon. Each selection not only gets us a step closer to our goal but also offers up a coin prize. No prizes for guessing that the more we get right the bigger we win, and if we can get past Zeus at Olympus we are looking at a prize even the Gods would whistle at.

Meanwhile, during the base game, the randomly-triggered Super Mode could kick in at any time, holding up to three Wilds across the reels and setting the base game alight.

Summary

Using a combination of 3D rendered video and 2D parchment-style animation, Microgaming brings Hot As Hades to life during the Quest For The Crystal Helm Bonus Feature, which is as good a bonus feature as we will find on any other online slot. There. I said it. Now let’s get down to Hades and let the legends commence!