This fun new five-reel, 20-payline slot from software powerhouse Yggdrasil Gaming is a feature-packed offering based around the exciting, colourful and often downright bizarre world of Mexican wrestling. Read our body-slamming review below to find out more.
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|Release Date||April 2018|
|Casino||Amazon Slots and others|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Browser and mobile|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.2%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||3×5 reels / 20 Paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||Min 8p (without golden bet) or 10p (with golden bet) / Max £100 (without golden bet) or £125 (with golden bet)|
|Features||Free spins, extra wilds, sticky wilds, extra free spins, stacked symbols|
|Pros||Fab production values, fun|
|Cons||Big wins can be few and far between|
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to spend an evening watching Mexican wrestling, or even just watched the film Nacho Libre, then you’ll know just how entertaining the unpredictable sport of Lucha Libre wrestling can be.
Essentially, your aim here is to help the loco luchadores wrestlers to fight their way to Lucha Libre’s big time. These brave and hardy souls set up shows in small pueblos then take to the arena (which is shown in the background of the reels) to entertain and dazzle the enraptured audience with their silky skills and heroic moves.
As ever, the action is triggered by lining up three or more of the game’s main symbols in sequence on a payline. Lucha Maniacs has eight main symbols: four are elaborately-attired wrestlers (replete with snazzy masks) in different coloured outfits and four are playing card icons: clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds. The wrestlers are high-value symbols and the cards are low. Other symbols include a wrestling ring (the Bonus) and the game’s logo (the Wild). The Wild stands in for all regular symbols, while the Bonus acts as a Scatter, triggering two of the game’s bonus rounds. Tag Team and new Wild symbols also pop up during the (many) special features.
As you’d expect from a Yggdrasil offering, the production values on Lucha Maniacs are nothing short of superb. With its beautifully rendered, cartoon-style graphics of spandex-clad wrestlers and hazy small town arenas, along with arresting audio treats (including some catchy Latin beats pumping out of rickety-looking loudspeakers), this game is a joy for the eyes and ears. The fun animated intro and cool jolting effect on the reels are bonus touches.
Gameplay and Features
Yggdrasil has a reputation for packing shed-loads of features into its games and Lucha Maniacs carries on that trend with gusto courtesy of an awesomely crazy, melee-like Free Spins mode. Indeed, there are so many different possible bonus feature combos available during this mode that it’s hard to actually get a handle on what’s happening when you first start playing. Once the Free Spins are triggered you essentially get the chance to pick and win three possible combinations of features that can include extra wilds, sticky wilds, extra free spins, stacked symbols and everything in between. Compelling, mercurial and often quite bewildering, it evokes the madness of Lucha Libre wrestling perfectly.
Away from the free spins, which are easily the game’s chief selling point, Lucha Maniacs offers a Golden Bet feature which charges an additional five coins more per spin, so if you play at 20p a spin you’d have to cough-up an extra 5p and pay 25p per spin to activate it. Do this and you’ll get an extra mini-feature during your Free Spins.
Also on hand is the Poster Bonus Game, a modest feature that’s triggered by landing just two Bonus symbols in the base game. Your reward for achieving this is either to access the mind-blowing Free Spins mode or a cash prize of up to 4x your total stake.
With its dreamy looks, fun vibe and wealth of possible feature combos, Lucha Maniacs is an easy slot to fall for. Offering maximum payouts of 3,000x your stake on each free spin (with a 3x multiplier for a wrestler symbol) only adds to its appeal.
If you had to grumble about something then you could argue that, while it’s quite possible to land those stellar combos during the Free Spins round, it doesn’t happen all that often. When all’s said and done, this is a medium-to-high variance machine. A relatively small gripe though with what is essentially a very impressive and hugely enjoyable slot.