The Sun is out, the grass is green and the crops are blooming in a brand new Hacksaw Gaming Slot Hop ‘N’ Pop.
Hacksaw Gaming have hit the ground running in a relatively short space of time with their growing slot catalogue. Slots like Chaos Crew, Aztec Twist, Forest Fortune, Frutz and Cubes 2 have received great feedback from players, and their recent release Stack ‘Em offers a nostalgic throwback in an ode to their first game Stick ‘Em, but with heightened potential.
Hop ‘N’ Pop invites you to the farm and fresh produce awaits, but can Hop ‘N’ Pop produce big wins?
In this Hop ‘N’ Pop Slot Review we’ll be giving you an in depth overview of Hacksaw Gaming’s latest slot to see if it deserves a place among some of their best titles yet.
The theme for Hop ‘N’ Pop takes the player to a picturesque rural setting where the sun shines upon the tidy and well maintained fields of the farm.
You’ll see two barns in the background, and green hills visible in the backdrop. The picture shifts in the Free Spins mode to a clear night sky, and the cherry music compliments the overall jolly theme pretty well.
Chaos Crew must have left a big impression, because its hard to imagine that something as ebullient as Hop ‘N’ Pop is by the same studio.
Exuberant themes like the one you’ll see in Hop ‘N’ Pop showcases the many shapes and forms that Hacksaw Gaming slots can take when you compare it to other titles, and although it doesn’t stick in your mind as well as some of their other slots do, you cant help but appreciate the crispness and detail that Hacksaw have invested into Hop ‘N’ Pop.
Hop ‘N’ Pop caters to every kind of slot player with both low and high options available when it comes to betting. The lowest option here is £/€0.20 per spin, and the highest option is £/€100.
There are plenty of different options in between the two, and the good incremental increases between stakes means that there is real option for people to customize their bet to an increment that suits them.
Something that we can’t help but notice in recent Hacksaw Gaming slots is how the symbols lack a hierarchy, for the most part anyway.
In Hop ‘N’ Pop, the Strawberry symbol is the highest paying symbol, but the Cherry, Banana, and Apple are equal. When you look at the low paying symbols, the story is very much the same with Carrot, Grape, Aubergine and Plum on equal footing.
The Orange symbol in Hop ‘N’ Pop acts as a Wild. This will substitute for all symbols except for the Sun Scatter symbol
Hacksaw Gaming look to diversify their portfolio with another Cluster Pays slot with a 7×7 set up and innovative features.
In order to form a win in Hop ‘N’ Pop, you’ll need at least 5 of any symbols to connect either horizontally or vertically. Winning clusters will disappear once they’ve connected, leaving room for new symbols to fall in via a cascade which may create further winning combinations.
The focal point for anyone playing this slot for the first time will undoubtedly be the Overlaying Multiplier. Here’s how it works.
The Overlaying Multiplier will multiply any wins that it is a part of by its current value.
If a multiplier lands on a winning cluster, then it will either double its multiplier or split into two.
The maximum multiplier obtainable is 64x. If more than one of these multipliers are a part of the same cluster, then the multipliers will add together to create a total multiplier before calculating the win.
The maximum amount of multipliers on screen can be 4.
Orange Sun Scatter Symbols also have a say on multiplier values. Orange Suns will double the multiplier value, and Green Suns will split into one or more multiplier up to a maximum of 4.
As you can imagine, these Overlaying Multipliers have a crucial role to play in Free Spins
To get the Free Spins bonus in Hop ‘N’ Pop, you’ll need at least 3 Scatter symbols.
More Sun Scatters doesn’t equate to more spins in Hop ‘N’ Pop, but it does still give you a better start
More Scatters is obviously a more ideal scenario, but even the lowest 3 Scatter trigger may still produce great results.
If you’re outside of the UK, then you can skip The Base Game with a Bonus Buy option
Those outside of the UK have a lot of choice in what Free Spins set up they’d like. Utilising the Bonus Buy feature will give you access to the following:
The 100x Bonus Buy is High Volatility, and the 200x and 400x are classed as Very High Volatility.
Hop ‘N’ Pop is evidently rich with potential due to the maximum win potential of 12,500x, but it’s hard to see it at first.
If anything it feels like Hop ‘N’ Pop is more geared towards players that are able to utilise the Bonus Buy feature, so whether or not UK players will take to Hop ‘N’ Pop remains to be seen.
Through testing the game, a few tries at each level of Bonus produced both great and disappointing results, as is often the case with high volatility games with win potentials like Hop ‘N’ Pop. Hop ‘N’ Pop also has decent RTP at 96.20%
At first, you try and compare the game to the likes of Jammin’ Jars with the multipliers hoping around the screen, but the differences are clearer when you see that these multipliers are not Wild. We can only imagine what sort of win potential Hop ‘N’ Pop would have had if the multipliers were wild, but its pretty certain that they would not have been able to give them multipliers of up to 64x if that was the case.
Hacksaw Gaming keep on proving that new ideas can still grace older concepts like Cluster Pays games, and although Hop ‘N’ Pop isn’t as gripping as the likes of Chaos Crew, you still can’t help but feel that Hacksaw Gaming are definitely a studio to watch out for.
Hacksaw Gaming showcase their innovative mindset in a Cluster Pays game with a bit of a twist.