Microgaming’s Hitman video slots game is based on the popular computer game series of the same name. Fans of mysterious hired killer Agent 47 will recognise the slots game’s stark, graphic novel-style animations and foreboding theme music from the original. The game has a dark tone in keeping with its murderous subject matter. It is interrupted from time to time with short, high-quality animations of Agent 47 going about his deadly business.
Hitman is a five reel game with 15 bet lines, but players are not necessarily limited to much lower payouts than those offered by games with 25 bet lines or more. This is because Hitman has an unusual number of bonus features that make bigger wins possible. A striking feature of the game is the absence of the traditional A, K, Q, J and 10 poker icons; all the Hitman slots symbols are related to the original computer game.
Hitman Symbols and Expanding Wild
Wins on Hitman require two or more of the medium win symbols and three or more low win symbols matched consecutively from the leftmost reel. The low win symbols are the tools of the Hitman’s trade; a garrotte, a knife, a syringe and poison, a sniper rifle and two handguns. The medium win symbols are an envelope of money and three different icons featuring Agent 47: preparing for a job, loading a weapon and taking a shot.
The Wild icon is the Hitman in his iconic pose, with handguns crossed over his chest. The Wild substitutes for any symbol except the bonus icons, and it also comes with a very profitable expanding feature. If the Wild comes up on reels two, three or four, it expands to fill the entire reel and thus maximises the number of potential wins.
Hitman Bonus Features
The Contract Bonus gives players a chance to win up to 270 000 coins. Its icon is a laptop displaying the word “Bonus”, and if one lands on reels two, three or four, it trigger the Contract Bonus round. In a sequence of impressive animations, players are required to pick a target (which determines the original bonus value) and then pick a weapon to do the job (which determines the multiplier). The value of these choices is only revealed after the play, of course, but the player then receives the original target value multiplied by the multiplier.
The Insignia Bonus makes use of the computer lucky nugget casino game’s famous insignia as an icon. If three insignias land on reels one, two or three, the player must pick one, which will determine the size of the bonus won. It can be as much as 6 000 coins. Ironically, Hitman’s scatter symbol is the computer game’s age restriction certification: the familiar 18 in a circle. Three, four or five scatter icons in any position trigger the free bonus round, with 18 free spins. All bonus features, wilds and multipliers operate during free spins round, so three or more 18s during bonus rounds will trigger another 18 free spins.