Under the Radar: Danger! High Voltage by Big Time Gaming
When we found out we had to review the new Danger! High Voltage slot for the LeoVegas blog, it got us talking.
It can’t be much fun being electrocuted, hence the Danger! High Voltage warning you see in places where electricity levels are sky high. So what else was everyone afraid of other than being fried alive?
Snakes, heights, mushrooms (mushrooms???), the number 13 and horses all got a mention. But the best was yet to come.
‘You what, now?’
‘Hyper-inflation. Years and years of saving up rather than spending and then it’s all worthless from one day to the next.’
It’s a fair point, albeit the least sexy thing anyone has been afraid of, ever. Yeah, these are the sort of people we have to work with here when doing our slot reviews.
Danger! High Voltage’s three-way partnership
The Danger! High Voltage is mobile and desktop video slot made by Big Time Gaming. You may know them from such slots as Dragon Born and Queen of Riches, though this is admittedly the first time they’ve ever featured in one of our slot reviews.
And the new release of this game is rather unusual and pretty special. So the slot equivalent of the Under the Radar team’s favourite actress Zooey Deschanel. But why is it so special?
It’s because this slot was made in partnership with us- LeoVegas- and the first-ever real-money spins on it were done by our friends over at LetsGiveItASpin, starring the ever-excitable and uber-entertaining Kim Hultman, in front of a web audience. A week later and after his fans had had the chance to play it themselves, they were able to bet on the outcome of 500 spins on the slot with Kim at the heart of it all.
So yeah, this is a slot that’s quite close to our heart and some are saying it’s the best three-way partnership since Sting, Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams sang the theme tune to The Three Musketeers. Or maybe it’s just us saying that.
The theme is inspired by the 2002 music hit single by the same name as the slot- Danger! High Voltage – by the American band Electric Six. The song apparently featured secondary vocals by Jack White, of the White Stripes fame and was described as ‘insanely catchy’ by The Guardian. All well and good but as far as we’re concerned, it’s the bad sort of catchy. The same way that ‘catching’ a cold isn’t good. What can we say? We don’t like the song- sue us!
There’s no ‘Danger’ of winning a Progressive Jackpot because there isn’t one! But as we’ll see a bit later on, there’s the potential for some massive wins here. It’s mostly a free spins slot, though there are other ways of securing huge payouts in the main base game.
It’s Disco time and this one’s on fire
The video to the song features an absurdly dressed man (the band’s lead singer) and his female companion passionately ‘making out’ in what looks like a posh countryside manor house while listening to the song- a sort of funk rock/dance punk disco anthem while ornaments, paintings and other objects around them start to catch fire. No, we still don’t like it.
But we do like it as a theme to the slot- a burning disco with neon lights everywhere. It’s a 6×4 reel slot with some symbols associated with a kick-ass disco. When we say ‘some’ we mean it. Fair enough that there’s a shiny disco ball and a smiley skull with purple crystals and purple gems where the skull’s eyes used to be. But why on earth is there a delicious-looking taco there? This is meant to be a hard-dancing disco, not a baseball game populated by numerous food trucks. But anyway.
The ‘normal’ symbols are completed by golden bells and playing cards- 9 to Ace.
Let’s talk special symbols. There are two Wilds on show and they can appear on Reels 2-5.
The first is the Wild Fire Wild, which covers the whole reel when it appears and is obviously very much in line with the ‘Fire in the Disco’ verse of the song. The second Wild is the Wild Electricity Wild which epitomizes the theme of the slot and looks great. But it’s a symbol that’s as much substance as it is style. Because in addition to also being a Stacked Wild like the Wild Fire, it’s a Wild that comes with a 6X Multiplier, meaning that its regular presence on the reels can really make your day.
We’re sure there’s a reason why the Scatter is a tattoo of a heart with a crown on it and the words ‘My Desire’ written on it. We just don’t know what that reason is.
You’ll see what activating three Scatters does in a minute. But what’s cool is that after two of the Scatters have appeared on the reels, you’ll hear a few seconds of ‘Fire in the Disco’ play while you wait for the reels to finish spinning. Before you find out if you got that all-important third Scatter symbol.
Other cool audio effects include a sizzling sort of noise every time the Electric Wild symbol appears and an electric synthesizer-like noise when you secure a win and see some coins being scattered across the screen.
The Danger! High voltage slot is available on all mobile devices in addition to desktop. So if you don’t get the chance to get to the disco, let the disco come to you by playing the game as you wander round town.
High voltage feature has an electrifying 66x multiplier
There are 4096 different ways to win in this slot which as far as we can recall, is more than any other slot we’ve ever played. But it’s not about how many ways to win as much as it is about how much you can win. And with that in mind, let’s look at how to play Danger! High voltage in terms of the game’s bonus features.
We’ve mentioned them already so you know how they work. But it’s just worth clarifying that if the Wild Electricity (Wild) is used in a winning combination, that win will pay out 6x what it would if you hadn’t used that Wild. Just saying.
Three Scatters and you’ll activate free spins. No surprises there. But that doesn’t begin to tell you the full story. Because not only can you choose what type of free spins you want, there’s a whole new two Wilds in play here, folks.
Gates of Hell free spins
You get 7 free spins if you go for the first option of the Danger! High Voltage features. Before the start of the spins, one of the symbols (excluding Wilds or the Scatter) will be randomly selected to be the Sticky Wild for the duration of the feature. Meaning that each time you get one, it will become Wild and stay stuck in its place for the rest of the free spins.
Should you cover one of the middle reels (2-5), with Sticky Wilds, you’ll get 3 extra free spins.
High Voltage free spins
Go for Option B and you’ll get 15 free spins. Here’s where a third type of Wild, the High Voltage Wild, can appear, also on Reels 2-5. Get it and it becomes a Stacked Wild, covering the whole reel.
It’s covered in Multipliers, ranging from 11x to 66x, but just one of those Multipliers will be highlighted. When you secure a win using the High Voltage Wild, the win will be multiplied by the value of the highlighted Multiplier.
Danger! High Voltage slot is dangerously volatile
We here at Under the Radar aren’t impulsive people. Which can admittedly be a little annoying for anyone standing behind us at the queue at Subway as we mull over the type of bread, filling, sauce and salad we want like it was a matter of life or death. But it does allow us to give reasoned opinions on mobile slots.
We do like this game and as ever, we reward originality. So we’re giving it bonus points for being (probably) the first-ever slot to be inspired by a pop song. We also like the two different Wilds in the base game and the fact that there are further different Wilds in each of the two different free spins rounds. Not to mention the fact that you can choose which of the two different types of free spins you want.
Yes, we’ve said it already but we’ll say it one last time: we just don’t like the damned song!
But on a more serious note, be warned this is a highly, highly volatile slot. Proof of that is that we secured a Mega Epic Win while playing it (to the tune of over 3,000 Euros) yet only got to experience the free spins rounds twice despite playing it for well over a couple of hours.
To play this game for real money you’ll first need to open a LeoVegas account. How long does it take to do? A lot less time than it takes us to pick a sandwich.