Hell's Kitchen is a highly anticipated 5-reel, 20 payline food-themed slot developed by NetEnt that's been had been in the works for well over a year after the studio and iconic celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay announced they were releasing a branded video slot at the start of 2020, much to the excitement for foodies and slot enthusiasts around the world!
This game looks quite tame from the outset, players are greeted by a cheery Chef Ramsay who proudly states 'Let's open the doors to Hell's Kitchen!'... Don't be fooled, you're going to have to trust us when we say that things are about to seriously heat up in the kitchen! There's a whole host of wonderful bonus features to get stuck into, but this game especially comes into its own when Ramsay's Wilds kicks in, this randomly triggered bonus sees Gordon angrily throws kitchen utensils at the reel whilst between 5 and 7 wild symbols land in random positions on the reels.
Hell's Kitchen is a wonderfully designed branded slot that pays homage to the celebrity chef, and his iconic reality television series that sees aspiring chefs go head-to-head in a bid to overcome rigorous cooking challenges in his kitchen. The overall design of the base game is actually pretty simple. There are no elaborate designs behind the reels as we initially thought there would be, just two coloured patterns on either side of the reels that signify the two teams that compete in the real-life show, red and blue.
Low paying symbols are your standard J, Q, K, A, all designed to look like grills on an oven... If you watch them carefully you'll see them glow bright red as they heat up! High paying symbols are all items you'd find in a restaurant, a sticky toffee pudding, a cocktail, a beefburger and a beef wellington!
The game's scatter symbol is Gordon Ramsay himself! Beware though, he's got quite a nasty scowl on his face and his head is surrounded by flames! The game's wild symbol is the Hell's Kitchen Logo (HK with a trident in the middle) with the word WILD below it.
A fairly low-key soundtrack pulled straight from the show plays as the reels spin, there's nothing too dramatic about it until the bonus features kick in when the pace picks up! However, what's really special about this slot is the voice acting! There are a whole host of voice clips from Gordon Ramsay himself that were recorded especially for this title! Whenever wins and bonuses are triggered Gordon himself will chime in, and we love it!
Unsurprisingly, this slot plays much like any standard NetEnt title, there's really not too much to learn as NetEnt do tend to keep their high-profile games pretty simple. There's a semi-transparent action bar along the bottom of the game reels that allows players to access the game settings, read the paytable and bonus information, set their stake and make standard, turbo or automated spins.
This low to medium volatility slot has an RTP of 96.07%, which is pretty good in this day and age! We're still finding our way around this slot, but we understand that it has a maximum win of 1,000x the player's initial stake, which is such as a shame as this is the only area this slot falls flat.
Only an idiot sandwich would opt not to give Hell's Kitchen a spin! This branded NetEnt slot is FANTASTIC when it comes to design, bonus features and mechanics! It's a slot that's truly been cooked to perfection in those areas, and for that reason alone we urge you to try it! The one thing we truly found disappointing was the fact that players can only win a maximum 1,000x their stake, but you still shouldn't rule this game out.