Microgaming’s Hitman slot game was revolutionary when it first appeared in 2007. Based on a computer game series (there was also a film in 2007), its heritage is immediately apparent in the dark, brooding atmosphere, complex gameplay and emphasis on visual style.
How to play
Hitman is a 5-reel, 15 payline game where all wins pay left to right and are multiples of the line bet. Players have a choice of seven different coin sizes – 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.20, 0.50 – and up to 20 coins can be played per line, meaning the max bet ranges in size from $3 – $150 (the minimum bet per spin is 0.01).
Hitting 3x, 4x or 5x 18 symbol scatters anywhere on the reels triggers this free spin bonus round. All free spin wins get a 2x multiplier, and the Hitman logo expanding wild symbol is also in play. The Insignia and Contract bonus features can also be triggered during the free spins, although further free spins can’t be activated during this round.
Hitting 3x Insignia symbol anywhere on reels 1, 2 and 3 triggers this casino bonus feature. Once the reels have stopped, the three Insignia symbols are illuminated and each conceals a multiplier – 2x, 4x or 200x. Players select one of the three to reveal which bonus they have won.
Hitting 3x laptop symbols anywhere on reels 3, 4 and 5 activates the Contract Bonus Feature, which is played on series of separate screens; on each of these, players make a choice that ultimately determines the size of the bonus win:
The total amount won for the bonus round (bonus coins x win multiplier) is then awarded, with the maximum payout being worth 270,000 coins (up to $135,000).
Hitman is a game where everything is geared towards creating its suitably menacing atmosphere, from the eerie soundtrack, to the sombre colour scheme, to the use of weapons as symbols. Agent 47 (The Hitman) is the main attraction, with his brooding figure in several different scenarios used as a symbol. The Contract Bonus Feature, with its character biographies and robotic voice over, plays like a game-within-the-game and is clearly designed to appeal to the generation of players who loved the original computer game. In terms of creating a total package, Hitman undoubtedly succeeds and this is one of the reasons the game has been one of Microgaming’s most enduring online slot hits.
High volatility – Hitman is a high volatility game (RTP: 95.8%) where the biggest jackpot available is 270,000 coins (up to $135,000 when betting the max), won during the Contract Bonus Feature if you select the assassination target worth 45,000 coins and the weapon with the 6x multiplier.
Biggest wins – During the 18x Free Spin Bonus, the biggest possible jackpot win is 8000x line bet (up to $80,000 when betting the max) for hitting 5x Hitman with sniper rifle symbols with the 2x multiplier in play.
The biggest payout during the Insignia Bonus Feature is 6000 coins (up to $3,000 when betting the max).
During base play, the biggest possible wins are 4000x line bet (up to $40,000) for hitting 5x Hitman with sniper rifle symbols, and 2000x line bet (up to $20,000) for hitting 5x Hitman with pistol symbols (both when betting the max).
Hitman is notable for the variety of its special features, which contribute significantly to the overall quality of the gameplay. These include:
One of the first online slots of its type, Hitman led the way both in themed slots based on other media and in the use of bonus rounds played separately and designed to grab the attention of a younger generation of slots player. The potential payouts are huge and although this is a medium to high volatility game, the theme, bonus features and the character of Agent 47 have proven to be engaging enough to keep players coming back for more and to make Hitman one of Microgaming’s most popular online slots for almost a decade.