RTG Gaming released The Mariachi 5 Slot in spring 2019, and this video slot is played on a 5×3 grid which takes Mexico’s famously riotous Day of the Dead celebrations as its theme. You get up to an impressive 243 ways to win, as well.
The design is high quality, with a colourful street scene as the backdrop, setting off what is an unashamedly bright and jaunty game.
If you weren’t aware, the two-day Day of the Dead celebrations takes place annually in early November, as family and friends gather to remember those who have passed away. It’s a raucous occasion, and this game is in keeping with that flavour, all set to an upbeat soundtrack.
How to play
The betting spectrum in Mariachi 5 is very broad, ranging from 0.3 to 300.
As well as the Wild and Scatter, symbols on the reels include five Mariachi band members, sporting sombreros in different shades, who rattle along in skeletal form.
The usual less lucrative playing card values 9 through A also show up on the reels.
And, it goes without saying, this game is fully optimised for mobile play, whatever your device. Set up Autoplay if you just want to kick back and watch those reels whirl for an uninterrupted number of spins.
The Mariachi 5 Slot Special Features
The Scatter icon is the donkey piñata, the Wild a simple logo symbol. You’ll only see the latter on Reels 2 and 4, where it may appear stacked. The Wild also fulfils its usually role of replacing other symbols, apart from, of course, the Scatter. (This, by the way, pays a handsome 200x stake at maximum bet for five in a row.)
This is the game’s most important bonus feature. Trigger it in the usual way with a trio or more of Scatters on the reels. You’ll then have to choose one of five free spins features, each depicted by a member of the Mariachi band mentioned above.
Essentially, your choice is between lots of free whirls with smaller Wild multipliers or vice versa. The options are as follows:
- 15 free spins + 2x multiplier
- 12 free spins + 3x multiplier
- 10 free spins + 4x multiplier
- 8 free spins + 5x multiplier
- 5 free spins + 8x multiplier
The choice is yours! Clearly, a lot will depend on your attitude to risk.
There isn’t a progressive jackpot in this game. But the top prize is a tidy 6,000x wager.
Return to Player
Volatility falls towards the upper end of the medium range, while RTP here is (at least theoretically) a healthy 96.97%.
The Day of the Dead theme has been used copiously in slot games before. This one, though, has some cool features and isn’t without serious winning potential; equally, you should find it infectiously good fun. It’s also a smart choice if you like games played at a brisk pace with lively graphics.
Try it out in free demo mode without parting with any of your hard-earned cash first of all, and see if it’s a game that works for you. Let us know what you thought.