In 2000, video games publisher Eidos Interactive released Hitman: Codename 47, developed by IO Interactive. The third-person stealth action-adventure, in which players take on the deadly missions of assassin Agent 47, spawned a series of sequels and a 2016 reboot. Hitman also generated spin-off novels and a 2007 film starring Timothy Olyphant, and fans the world over are now familiar with the spiky stylised fleur de lis insignia of the International Contract Agency. The ICA is the shadowy murder-for-hire operation Agent 47 joined after he escaped his government creators.
In 2008, digital slots developer Microgaming created a licenced slot title based on Hitman, available via Microgaming’s Quickfire platform online and at mobile casinos, using either Android or iOS software. The lead character is a subtle blend of Olyphant and the animated Agent 47, with the artwork also blending rich foreground colours against dark, forbidding backgrounds in the manner of both the games and the movie.
Hitman’s Agent 47 Prominent in the Symbols
The Hitman slot plays on five reels, three rows and 15 pay lines. Players can vary line bets in increments from 1 to 1,000 coins, with a maximum bet of 15,000 coins per spin. The Hitman is a prominent character among the symbols. In his iconic pose, head bowed and pistols crossed across his chest, Agent 47 is the Hitman Wild. When substituting for another symbol to create a win on Reels 2, 3, or 4, the Wild expands to fill the entire reel, giving the player the chance at more winning pay lines.
In various other poses, Agent 47 also serves as three of the four Hitman high-value symbols, all of which begin winning prizes for two or more matches on a pay line. Taking a shot with his rifle, he wins 4, 40, 150 or 4,000 credits. Loading an automatic, Agent 47 wins 3, 30, 125 or 2,000 credits, and the third icon showing the bar code on the back of his head, a souvenir from his days as a genetically engineered clone being trained as a superhuman killer, will win 2, 20, 120 and 1,500 credits. The lowest of the Hitman high-value icons is an envelope full of cash, which wins 2, 15, 100 or 1,000 credits.
Deadly Weaponry Rounds Out the Symbols
The Hitman’s variety of deadly tools complete the ordinary icons. All require three matches or better on a pay line to win, and in increasing order of value they feature a garotte, a knife, a syringe with poison, a rifle, and a pair of hand guns. The top prize among these icons is 250 credits, for five of the hand-gun icons when you play pokies online.
Three Bonus Features to Trigger
The Hitman slot has three bonus features, one of which is the Insignia Bonus, featuring the ICA fleur de lis insignia as a symbol. If the player gets these symbols anywhere on Reels 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, they must pick one of the insignias to reveal the instant prize, which can be as high as 6,000 credits.
The Free Spins Bonus is triggered by three or more scattered 18 Age Restriction symbols, yielding 18 free spins with all prizes doubled. A Bonus laptop appearing on Reels 3, 4 and 5 simultaneously activates the Contract Bonus. On a new screen, the player gets to choose from a selection of target victims, which sets a win amount, and the weapon with which the Hitman will fulfill the contract, which applies a hidden multiplier to the win amount.