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We Try to Break the Bank in the Hit It Hard Slot From ELK Studios!

Mr Green Casino will be adding the latest ELK Studios slot titled Hit It Hard to their casino on the official release date of the 21st of January 2020.

This retro-themed slot uses a classic 3 reel design and is similar in style to their Hit It Big slot with a few difference in the boardgame style bonus feature.

The base game comes with just 5 fixed paylines and a mixture of classic fruit machine symbols with a selection of Multiplier Wilds on the 3rd reel, these can provide a nice boost to regular payline wins as well as grant a Wild Respin feature when these wilds do not form a win, think of it as a second chance feature giving you an extra spin to land a win.

The main bonus feature is a board game styled, rolling dice affair, triggered by landing the special dice symbol on the middle of the 3rd reel, you then have to keep scoring wins to progress around the board, with much bigger multipliers on offer, and some small mini-games including Pachinko, Added Wilds and Breaking into the Vault for the maximum win ( 250,000 coins!).

The multipliers can reach up to 20x during the bonus game and with 10x multipliers on the reels, this produces 200x multipliers which can transform even the lowest paying symbols into big wins!

The main annoyance with the bonus feature is the continuous “spin to win” requirement, failing to land a paying win as you progress around the board results in the bonus round ending abruptly, and this can occur quite quickly after triggering the bonus feature.

Hit It Hard Slot – Gameplay and Bonus Features

Hit It Hard Slot- Technical Summary
Free SpinsYes
Re-Trigger Bonus RoundNo
Special Features

Free Spins
Multiplier Wilds
Wild Re-spins
Board Game Bonus Feature
RTP (Return To Player)96.30%

Special Features

Wild Respin

The multiplier wilds that are present on the 3rd reel will lock and grant a re-spin of the other two reels when no win that uses this wild is in view.

This mini-feature occurs quite frequently in the base game and can also be triggered during the bonus features when the multiplier free spins are awarded from the board game.

Bonus Feature

The main bonus feature is triggered by landing the special dice symbol in the middle of the 3rd reel, you then get a random roll of the dice and start to progress around the board game.

There are a number of mini-features in the corners of the board along with free spins with various multipliers applied. When landing on the free spins however you must score at least one winning combination to keep progressing around the board of the bonus round ends.

The mini features include Lucky Ballz and Super Ballz which are two Pachinko styled mini-games with guaranteed wins, a free spins mode with wild reels added along with a Bank Vault which requires you to collect keys to unlock and awards this slots max win of 2500x stake!

Hit It Hard Slot

Overall Opinions

We really had mixed opinions about the Hit It Hard slot from ELK Studios as they generally have done a great job in providing a lot of entertainment from the classic 3 reel slots, this slot has a glimpse of that with the novel mini-features during the bonus round but this was heavily overshadowed by the frustrating bonus mechanics.

The combination of quite a low “hit frequency” coupled with a bonus mechanic that requires a winning spin to keep the bonus round active actually feels quite frustrating, especially if you waited for a long period of spins to trigger the bonus and it’s over after the first dice roll.

Our extended playtest did produce several wins over 200x stake thanks to multiplier wins and the Pachinko games, but if we were playing this slot for real money would have left well before this time due to the frustrating bonus feature.

There are definitely some good points to this slot, but you will have to be a very patient player to enjoy this release!

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