This latest game in Everi’s series based on Warren Kremer’s “Hot Stuff the Little Devil” comic book character utilizes the supplier’s new marquee-style Empire 5527 cabinet—the numbers indicate the 55-inch size of the giant flat-screen monitor and the 27-inch main game screen.
The “Wicked Wheel” in the name refers to a giant top-monitor wheel used in a picking bonus that can result in one of six levels of progressive jackpots. The base game is a five-reel scatter-pay video slot, with no paylines and wins registered by adjacent symbols. This array features 243 ways to win on every spin.
During the base game, when a Hot Stuff symbol is part of a winning combination on reels 2, 3 or 4, it multiplies the winning pay by 2X, 3X or 4X.
There are two separate bonus events involving the big wheel. Three bonus symbols trigger the Wicked Wheel Bonus, in which the wheel displays bonus awards ranging from 1,600 credits to 8,000 credits, plus the four top progressives—the Major resetting at $40, the Mega starting at $100, the Ultra resetting at $800 and the top Grand, resetting at $10,000.
The Progressive Pick Bonus can be triggered randomly after any base game spin, triggering a picking bonus that can lead to one of the six progressives—the top four plus the Minor progressive resetting at $20 and the Mini resetting at $10. When the random bonus is triggered, a field of 25 coins is displayed on the screen. The player picks until matching three progressive prizes or revealing a pitchfork to end the bonus.
Manufacturer: Everi Holdings
Platform: Empire 5527
Format: Five-reel, ways-to-win video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .05
Max Bet: 320
Top Award: Progressive; $10,000 reset
Hit Frequency: 31.45%-35.98%
Theoretical Hold: 2%-12%