The Hitman series isn’t one of the most well-known video game franchises in recent memory, but it certainly has plenty of fans. The games in the series put the player in the role of a character known as Agent 47, an assassin who would be hired to perform difficult jobs for wealthy and powerful clients. The games were known for allowing players many different ways to accomplish their goals, giving a high degree of freedom and allowing players to show off their creativity during gameplay.
The interesting gameplay and strong following for Hitman led to the development of the Hitman poker machine by Microgaming, one that Australians can play for free or real money at Royal Vegas Casino. It’s a very interesting pokie, combining some classic slot machine elements with a number of exciting special features.
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The basic format of Hitman follows the conventions of most real money online pokies. It’s a five-reel, 15-payline game that allows players to bet up to 20 coins on each payline. You’ll have the option of using coins that range from a penny up to $0.25, allowing you to tailor the cost of each spin to your liking. At the Royal Vegas Casino, Hitman can be played in the AUD currency.
Throughout this review, we’ll be praising how much this pokie takes advantage of the Hitman theme, and this is first apparent when looking at the symbols on the paylines. A lot of the lower-value symbols represent weapons Agent 47 might use on a job: various firearms, poisons, wires and the like. For even bigger wins, look for symbols that represent Agent 47 himself; the sniper rifle-wielding version of the agent will earn you 4,000 credits for each coin you bet if you can match five on the same payline.
As is expected in most pokies, there are both wild and scatter symbols that you can run into while playing. Agent 47 holding two guns is the wild substitute, combining with other symbols to create winning paylines. This symbol only appears on the three centre reels, but as an added bonus, any appearance of this symbol will result in it expanding to fill the entire reel.
As for the scatter symbol, you’ll want to watch out for the “18” that can appear anywhere on the reels. Hit two or more of these, and you’ll win a prize that’s a multiple of your total spin bet.
One of the most exciting parts of Hitman is activating the game’s many bonus features. The bonus games are not only lucrative, but can also be a fun way of further exploring the Hitman theme.
Let’s start with the simplest game. If you should hit three or more of the “18” symbol anywhere on the reels, you’ll instantly be awarded with 18 free spins. Making these spins even more profitable is the fact that each spin comes with a 2x multiplier, doubling all the wins you receive in this bonus round.
There’s also a standard “choose one” bonus game that’s known as the Insignia bonus. If you hit the insignia symbol on each of the first three reels, you’ll be asked to pick one of the three symbols. The chosen symbol will reveal an instant prize. What makes this game notable is the size of the potential bonuses, as it’s possible to win several thousand credits just by picking the right insignia!
But the most exciting bonus round in this pokie is clearly the Contract Bonus. This is the game that really fits in with the Hitman storyline, and will appeal strongly to fans of the original games – as well as anyone who likes to win a huge prize.
Here’s how it works. First, you’ll need to hit laptop symbols on each of the last three reels on the same spin. This will take you to a second screen bonus game where you’ll be presented with five different jobs, each of which comes with a target you’ll need to assassinate, as well as a different range of potential prizes that you could win by completing the job. Some of your targets will grant you a pretty high level of certainty in the prize you’ll receive, while others might have very high potential maximums, but could also result in a smaller prize.
Once you’ve made your choice, the final value of your job will be revealed (it’s chosen at random from the range displayed at the beginning of the game). You’ll then have the chance to pick a method by which to carry out the job. You’ll be presented with five different weapons. Choose one, and you’ll be granted a multiplier to the job value, ranging from 2x to 6x. That multiplier will apply to the job value, giving you the final amount of your bonus prize – up to a maximum value of 270,000 credits.
For a series that’s all about taking on dangerous jobs with the potential for lucrative rewards, an online pokie seems like a natural extension. Sure enough, the Hitman poker machine works perfectly with the game’s themes, presenting a look and feel that will suck you into the game’s dark and deadly world. With a combination of some incredible real money prizes, fun bonus rounds and a real sense that the game was designed to stay true to the series it was based on, Hitman is an online pokie that should be fun for both fans of the original games and general pokie players alike.