A dark alley, a thief on the run with his loot from the latest heist and a policeman with his dog on the chase. The slot from Merkur Gaming is not your classic hide&seek game but nevertheless an exhilarating reel hunt with expanding and sticky wilds, random multipliers, a free spins round and a win potential in excess of 2,000 times your stake.
Hide & Seek is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win, playable on desktop and mobile devices. Pays are awarded for adjacent symbols from left to right only. Joining the hunt can be done for 1.00 to 100 credits per spin. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.07%.
Set in a dark alleyway with just two lanterns throwing some light down the street, the game window held in a neon frame impresses with authentic graphics and crisp animations. The thief and the policeman representing the two sides of the law feature prominently on the translucent reels.
Enter the game to find the card royals from 9 through to A at the low end, paying 0.3x to 1.00x your bet for a five across the reels. They are followed by a bundle of dynamite sticks with a timer, a handgun, a police car, a police dog and a safe. A single five of a kind will pay between 3x and 10x your stake.
The thief is the wild symbol that will expand to cover the entire reel when it lands. It appears on reels two, three and four only and substitutes for all symbols bar scatters. The bonus symbol is an emblem with a police badge, appearing stacked on reel three in the base game only while the scatter is the policeman himself.
The feature is triggered in the base game only when the bonus symbol lands fully stacked on reel three. A random multiplier is awarded and multiplied with the total bet. Expect to see anything from 2x to 50x your stake.
Three, four or five policeman scatters will trigger 5, 10 and 15 free spins respectively, which cannot be retriggered. During the feature, any wild reel landing on a free spin will be held as a sticky wild for a respin to potentially hit more wild reels. This continues until no new wilds land or all three centre reels are wild. They will spin away on the next free spin.
Hide & Seek is a well-designed but we were missing some of the high-volatility gameplay that is the signature of Merkur Gaming. It can still produce big wins but nowhere near the likes of Eye of Horus or similar games from this provider.