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Having now read Holly Madison’s bio, I am up to date with who this business-woman, ex-partner of Hugh Hefner and former Playboy Bunny is. There’s no denying that Holly is pleasing on the eye, even if she appears to have been to the plastic surgeon just once too often in recent years.
After a successful couple of TV series, a couple of books, this fine looking lady has squished her ample bosom into a number of daring outfits to be the inspiration for An Evening with Holly Madison slot.
Is this worth a shower, shave and a quick splash of aftershave to get ready for, or should you give her a raincheck and find another slot to play with? Let’s take a closer look to find out.
Overview: An Evening With Holly Madison
As you would expect with Holly Madison as the focus for the slot, manufactured by well-known maker Next Gen Gaming, everything in this is glitzy, shiny and glamorous, from the symbols on the reels to the additional bonus games you can play when you hit the correct combinations.
So whether you view this as necessary glitz and glam, or somewhat gaudy, tacky and over-the-top, this is the slot you will be playing.
The slot itself is the usual 5×3 reel game but does boast a number of features including a Wild symbol (which expands to cover the entire reel when landed in the Holly Goes Wild feature) and a scatter which not only awards increasing wins, but if you land three or more across the reels gives you access to the free spins game.
The base game itself is relatively mundane stuff, although it is livened up markedly by the Re-Spin feature when you land two scatters (which happens often), giving you an additional chance to land that elusive third scatter and trigger free spins.
The jackpot isn’t huge at 2,000 coins, but the payout from freespins is what will keep New Jersey online slots fans spinning the reels.
Who will An Evening With Holly Madison slot appeal to?
Holly Madison will certainly have her army of adoring fans and there is no doubt that if you are a fan of the lady, then you will love the slot, especially when you get to the Photoshoot Bonus.
However there’s more to the slot than merely the physical, the game has some innovative features and is generally rewarding when you hit free spins, so this is certainly a game that slot fans should pay close attention to.
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Gameplay: An Evening With Holly Madison
Playing the game is something of an assault on the senses initially as everything is so bright and the music accompanying the slot does seem slightly too loud and somewhat repetitive after a while. But, it isn’t long before you start to notice the foibles of the slot.
The first is a negative one, base game wins are low.
Even when you hit a base win, the odds are it won’t be more than your initial bet, so on a winning spin, you still lose. That’s a bit disappointing as it’d be nice to break even, but I supposed this is how the modern slot works to keep casinos, including NJ online casinos, in business.
However that small negative is outweighed by positives. The Respin feature when you land two scatters does add a lot of excitement to the game and the Holly Goes Wild feature does trigger bonus wins and much bigger wins if you can land two or more across the reels.
The free spins round and the following photoshoot bonus are also both excellent games and some of the wins you can achieve in both these rounds make this slot well worth a closer look.
Special features: An Evening With Holly Madison
Holly Goes Wild
The Wild symbol in the game is the erstwhile Holly Madison in one of her blowing a kiss poses. They appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 in the game and regardless of where they land on screen, when they appear, the symbols expand to cover the entire reel.
This can result in additional wins and even big wins if you can land two or more Wild symbols on the same spin.
A nice feature of the slot is the chance to have another go at triggering your free spins round thanks to the Rockin’ Re-Spin feature. When you land two scatters on the reels, then the three reels that did not have a scatter symbol on are automatically re-spun to see if you can land that third scatter to trigger the free spins feature.
Free Spins Feature
Land three or more scatter symbols anywhere across the reels and you earn 10 Free Spins. During free spins, collect the Kiss symbol on the reels the more Kiss symbols you collect the more you can win.
After free spins, you can enter the Photoshoot Bonus round to win additional cash and every kiss you collect offers you the chance to repeat your free spin win with another spin.
One of the most annoying aspects of scatter symbols is that you will often land two on a spin but that crucial third scatter does not appear.
With this feature, your frustration of almost hitting free spins is tempered somewhat by the fact that you get two chances to land that third scatter when the reels without the scatter are spun again. Although this feature doesn’t always pay off, when it does, you do feel like you have got a bonus free spins round.
At the end of free spins, after you have won your cash amount, the kisses you collect allow you a photoshoot bonus. This is a nice touch as not only do you get to see Holly modeling a variety of outfits, but for each successful pick you make, you boost your cash win. It feels like a second bonus on top of your free spins win.
I’ll admit it that if glitz and glam isn’t your thing and the Hollywood lifestyle something of an anathema to you, then you’ll probably hate how this slot looks, however you can’t argue that the shiny, bright and glitzy symbols on the reels and the copious use of video throughout do add to the presentation.
The slot may not be to everyone’s taste, but it has been extremely well done.
It’s all rather twee
For sure Holly is a very pretty girl and you are reminded of that somewhat constantly in the slot, however this is a slot which does verge on the garish to say the least.
If pink-dyed poodles in Gucci handbags are not your scene, then you’ll probably find the slot a little twee. Although the regular appearances of Holly on the reels will certainly keep many male players focused.
Low base game wins
Once again, another slot that is bedeviled by low base game wins. Even though you win regularly frequently on the slot, the problem is that the majority of these wins are smaller than your wager, hence even on a winning spin, you lose money.
The free spins round does pay out bigger wins, but if you don’t hit that often enough, it can be an expensive slot to play.
What I have noticed on this slot is when you land two scatters, you do tend to see a scatter symbol flit across the screen just seconds before the reel stops. I’m not a fan of these “heartstopper” moments in games as they do give slot players false hope.
Graphics and soundtrack 3/5
While you could pick fault in the subject matter if it is not your thing, you cannot argue that this is a very well-presented slot.
Everything shimmers and shines and the symbols are perfectly related to Miss Madison. The music is repetitive after a while but that is the same on all slots.
Originality and creativity 4.5/5
Although the base game is relatively straightforward, the addition of the Respin on two or more scatters plus the Photoshoot Bonus at the end of the free spins round really give this slot a little more than the typical game.
As such, if you like innovative slots, this is one to certainly try out.
Play value 2.5/5
The value of this slot only gets half marks because the base game payouts are generally small, perhaps too small. However, if you hit the free spins round (which isn’t too onerous a task), then you can win a very good amount on the slot.
Jackpot potential 2/5
The big jackpot in the game is just 2000x your initial wager, so that isn’t one of the biggest prizes available in the world of slots. However, you do hit big wins in free spins more often than in other games, hence a slightly inflated mark.
Repeat play 4/5
If you are a fan of Holly Madison and her endless quest to find a bra that fits, then you’ll love this slot. If you enjoy innovative features, then you’ll love this slot and if you like decent free spins wins relatively frequently rather than regular base game wins, then you’ll love this slot.
Our money is on this being a slot you’d play time and time again.
Total score 16/25
Holly Madison may polarize views and this is a slot that you will either love or hate, but the end result is a very enjoyable slot that has been well-designed and thought out, even if you are not a fan of the subject matter.
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