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We Check Out Elk Studios Latest Classic Retro Slot Machine Hit It Big!

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Elk Studios is preparing to release another “Classic Series” retro-themed slot called Hit It Big with a scheduled release date of the 9th of April 2019.

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Hit it Big looks to combine some of the classic Fruit Machine style with very modern functionality with some inspiration this time from the AWP (Amusement with Prizes) slots you often find in UK pubs with the main feature playing out above the reels.

At the core, you have a regular 5×3 reel slot with just 5 fixed paylines, above and below the reels however you will notice lots of different reel modifiers that change with each spin.

These mini features include Multipliers, Re-Spins, Stacked Wilds and Locked Wilds and these only come into play when the feature above and below the reels matches up (you can check the screenshots below for a few examples).

There are some nice combinations that can occur particularly with Stacked/Locked Wilds and Re-spins giving the opportunity of further features being added into play, but really the main focus and win potential likes in the main bonus features triggered by 3 scatter symbols.

The main bonus round is a simple click to pick feature and has a variety of cash prizes on offer, once they are revealed a Bandit symbol is added to that position, land on this again and the bonus round ends. There is also a special central section to this main feature with a Hit it Big icon, land on this and you will be playing for wins in the range of 100x right up to 1000x stake.

Hit It Big – Gameplay and Bonus Features

Hit It Big Slot - Stacked Wilds Triggered
Hit It Big Slot - 2 Stacked Wilds
Hit It Big Slot - Bonus Triggered
Hit It Big Slot - Bonus Start
Hit It Big Slot - Main Bonus Feature
Hit It Big Slot - Bonus End
Hit It Big Slot – Technical Summary
Paylines5
Variance/VolatilityHigh
Free SpinsNo
MultipliersYes
Re-Trigger Bonus RoundNo
Special FeaturesMultipliers
Re-Spins
Stacked WIlds
Held Wilds
Bonus Picking Round
RTP (Return To Player)96.00%

Bonus Features

The base game mini-features are activated when the feature buttons above and below the reels are identical.

  • Multiplier – These are in the range of 2x up to 50x, the bet multiplier only becomes active when a winning pay lands on the reels.
  • Re-spin – Grants 1 re-spin and allows further feature buttons to be won on the re-spin.
  • Stacked Wilds –  Stacked WIlds become active and can completely cover 1 or more reels.
  • Locked Wilds -Reels 1 and 5 become locked with stacked wilds for three spins and further feature buttons can be triggered during these extra spins.

Hit It Big Bonus Game

The Hit It Big Bonus game is triggered by the usual 3 scatters, click to be awarded special prizes based on stake size and avoid the bandits that appear afterwards, reach the inner circle area and you can win up to 1000x your stake size.

Hit It Big Slot
  • Graphics
  • Sound / Music
  • Overall Gameplay
3.5

Overall Opinions

Hit It Big is a reasonable release from ELK studios, the volatility is high and the top payouts should appeal to the more hardcore player, and their reel animations are some of the best for immersion and realism.

The main issue we did have was that the main bonus feature felt a bit too stripped down, we were hoping for a crazy bonus feature packed full of options like the classic AWP slots with gambles, hi/lo, extra life and all that sort of stuff, what we have instead is an incredibly simplistic just click to randomly land on a prize feature which, to be honest isn’t that exciting.

In our playtests, we managed several wins close to 100x but didn’t manage to reach the Hit It Big prize in the centre which is where the really big wins are lurking.

Overall worth a look if you love their previous releases or are a fan of the more retro themed slots.

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