The Day of the Dead marks a rather special time for Mexicans – a day of mourning and paying respect for those who have passed. It’s always a big attraction, with many news media outlets giving it coverage, and pictures of the festival, most prominently of the skull make-up, usually on pretty girls, appears on the front pages. Red Tiger Gaming chose to tap into this for their 2018 release, showing some superb visuals, brief but effective sound effects to draw your attention, and a solid jackpot worth 250,000 coins, with an RTP of 96.1%, which is above average for video slots.
The game is played on a 5x4 playing field with 40 fixed paylines, and players will have access to three smaller bonuses activated at random by the skeleton mariachi musicians, as well as a free spins bonus that has all three active at the same time, increasing the chances of your win.
So, what are the three random bonuses? Each one is activated by a differently colored skeleton. The orange guitarrista will strum his instrument and create extra Wilds on the playing field. The blue trompettista will use his instrument to literally blast symbols from their positions, with new ones dropping in to replace them, before a payout is given in case a winning combination is completed. Finally, the dark green maraquero will nudge the reels up and down, creating new wins as a result of his meddling. All three bonuses come at random, and their effects can be really influential, so it’s no surprise that the free spins bonus is so difficult to activate – as it gives you access to all three bonuses at once if you collect three Scatters. That said, the amount of free spins you win is always different, but it can be no less than three free spins, as each feature must play at least once.
The bonuses in Esqueleto Mariachi aren’t particularly innovative, but they’re really well done by the developers. The random activation seems to always pinpoint the moment you’re getting bored to make an appearance and give you something to look forward to, and we’re conflicted on whether or not we like the amount of free spins being random. On one hand, the thrill of the unknown is always great, and it makes for a nice surprise when you get a lot of extra turns, but it can also feel bad if you get a small amount of free spins after going through a lot of spins.
You can wager between $0.20 up to $100 per spin, which, in addition with the large jackpot and the relatively higher volatility of the slot, should be a dream come true for high rollers, though more casual gamblers are certainly welcome to try their luck. The jackpot is worth 250,000 coins.
The autoplay option allows players to set a limit on how much they will lose, or win. It also allows them to decide if the autoplay will pause for special features or big jackpot wins.
There’s not much in the ways of strategy that we can advise you here. The features all activate at random, so the best thing you can do is conserve your money to make sure your betting session lasts for longer, as it increases your odds of activating the features.
There’s no big differences between desktop and mobile versions of this slot.