With this StakeLogic release, you no longer have to pick between partying with your friends and spending a fun night spinning reels! In Hardwell slot, you get to do both to the tunes of one of the best DJs currently performing.
If you’re a fan of EDM, you’ve probably heard of Hardwell. A man who’s won the world’s number one DJ title not once, but twice, and continues to be active in the music scene.
He’s covered a wide range of genres, though his main focus has always been house music. And today, he receives his highest honor yet: being the star of a Stakelogic slot!
Hardwell Slot Review
This game is played on a five reel board, where each reel is three symbols tall. There are a total of twenty five fixed paylines, which cannot be turned on or off. To win, collect three or more identical icons in adjacent positions, starting with the leftmost reel. All wins must follow one of the currently active paylines, or their cash prize won’t be awarded to the player.
One look at the special features may seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry! It’s all quite simple, really. First off, there’s a free spins round that can have one of four reel upgrades active. These upgrades include multipliers, reels paying both ways, Wild fruits and expanding Wilds. There’s also a Super Spin bonus full of mystery symbols that creates a guaranteed win.
Theme & Symbols
We had hoped for something similar to NetEnt’s Guns and Roses release, which could serve as an introduction for new fans. In that slot, you had multiple songs and could swap freely between them. Something like that could have been cool for Hardwell, too. What better way to promote the artist than to let online gamblers listen to his best tracks while spinning the reels?
Hats off to StakeLogic, they made one gorgeous looking background! A fog machine creates these cool silver clouds above the dancing crowd. Massive screens in the background create various blocks which serve as cool décor for the player. The developers go out of their way to immerse you into feeling like you’re a DJ performing for a crowd! Available icon designs include neon fruits and equipment you’ll need to be an international EDM sensation! We’re not huge fans of the fruits, but we do like their neon design. The headphones, decks and massive speakers also look quite cool. The top paying symbol in this release is Hardwell, at 20x your total stake.
How to Play Hardwell
You play this slot on a 5×3 board with 25 fixed paylines, which only pay left to right. The game has a medium variance and a jackpot worth 2500x your total stake. Of course, to actually win that amount, you’d have to get really lucky. Fortunately, the free spins round makes it possible thanks to its reel upgrades!
The best part about free spins is that you can retrigger them, including their reel upgrades… kind of. Some reel upgrades do carry over, such as fruits become Wild on reel three and expanding Wilds. But the most lucrative ones, like pays both ways and the multiplier are only effective during the initial activation. So if you’re going to land a big win, cross your fingers that it happens while you have all your upgrades active!
Changing your total bet in this StakeLogic release is quite simple. Click the Total Bet button to reveal coin value and bet per payline. By adjusting both of these, you also change the total stake you pay with each spin. In Hardwell, you can bet between €0.25 and €50 on each spin, which benefits casual gamblers and high rollers alike.
Collect two or three Scatters on reels one, three or five to win ten or twenty free spins. Two or three Scatters also means you will have two or three reel upgrades active at the same time! This bonus can be retriggered by collecting even a single Scatter in the right position!
There are four upgrades in total, and only three can be active at once. These include:
Multiplier: All winning combinations are multiplied by a number between 2x and 10x.
Pays Both Ways: While this upgrade is active, wins are granted both left to right and right to left. You can’t have this upgrade active at the same time as the 10x multiplier.
Wild Fruit: A fruit icon on the reels is randomly chosen to become Wild, but only on the third reel.
Expanding Wilds: All regular Wilds become expanding Wilds, which means they will cover the reel they landed on. This does not apply to Wild Fruits.
Each time a golden disc appears, it will lock on to the reels. When you collect between six and fifteen of these symbols, they will all transform into the same regular icon. This special feature creates a guaranteed win. It may not always be the biggest score, but guaranteed it’s better than nothing!
Hardwell has a medium variance and a jackpot worth 2500x your total stake. The slot has an RTP of 96.04%, which is barely above the current industry average.
We had a lot of fun with this game, and we owe it all to its bonuses! Reel upgrades are awesome enhancers that can create some huge wins! They’d probably be even better if StakeLogic’s release didn’t add a few rules to limit their effectiveness.
We’re not big fans of EDM or Hardwell, but we do like the theme and graphics. The software provider even made fruit symbols look good! It’s not the best looking slot on the market, but we still like its appearance.
Special features! Reel upgrades and free spins are the most important ones, although Super Spin is nothing to sneeze at, either. If you’re gunning for the jackpot, you will absolutely need to make use of these!
And speaking of top prizes, 2500x sounds like a great win to us! It may be difficult to land, but you can still pull it off. You just need to get lucky with the bonuses.
We wish the game had more than one repeating track. I mean, you are trying to show off one of the world’s best DJs. Let people hear why he’s earned that title!
The extra rules for reel upgrades can catch you off-guard if you didn’t read the fine print. Things like not being able to have Both Ways Pay and a 10x multiplier active at the same time, or some bonuses not being available on a retriggered free spin.
There are some downsides, but they’re miniscule compared to the lucrative fun awaiting in this StakeLogic release! Let Hardwell’s musical masterpieces rock your world, and you may walk home from this party with more in your pocket than what you came in with.