Cops and robbers do battle in The Heat Is On, a 5 reel, 45 payline video slot from Microgaming. This crime caper comes with 2 wild symbols as well as a feature round where you can win up to 160 free spins. Try and make off with some swag from between 50p and £125 per spin.

The visuals in The Heat Is On could come straight out of a comic book – the stars of the show are cat burglar Selina and cop Jean. Both the cop and robber act as wilds and substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter. The wilds pay both individually (up to 10,000 coins) and in combination (up to 5,000 coins).

Also on the reels are a cat burglar’s tools of the trade such as dynamite, a briefcase full of gold as well as a motorbike to make her escape. Other symbols include a helicopter and a speedy police car.

The main attraction here is the Free spins feature which is triggered by landing at least 3 of the scatter (the bank) on reels 1, 2 and 3. The bank scatters can appear stacked on reels 2 and 3 – when they do, the number of free spins is multiplier by the number of stacks.

3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 scatters will reward you with 5, 10, 20, 40 or 80 free spins (respectively) – you can also retrigger the feature so hope to see those bank symbols drop into view once you’ve activated the feature. This gives you up to 160 free spins potentially! Furthermore, the cop and cat burglar wilds remain in play during the feature too.

Cat burglary is certainly a high risk, high reward venture – the dangers for your bankroll aren’t quite so acute. The variance here is in the medium range offering a nice balance between hit rate and potentially big payouts. The Heat Is On is a pretty simple slot as far as gameplay goes.

The biggest thrills come via the feature round – trigger a large number of spins and the potential for a big score is on offer. Throw in the excellent design and this crime caper becomes a very playable option. I also recommend Cops ‘n’ Robbers from Novomatic which has a similar theme.