They sure know how to throw a party down Mexico way, and Spinata Grande from NetEnt celebrates everything that is good about a special fiesta.
NetEnt has experimented with different game layouts in recent years. Spinata Grande is another example of a slot game which moves away from the traditional 5 x 3 reel combination.
Here there are five reels of four symbols instead, making up a 40 payline game.
Bets start at just 20c a spin when you play this game, rising all the way up to €100 for big-time slot players. The jackpot is a big one, with 120,000 coins to play for and the theoretical return to player of 96.84% is certainly above average: two good reasons to take a second look at Spinata Grande.
The piñata takes a central role in many Mexican celebrations, and it is also the centre-piece of this slot game. There are nine base game symbols, with the lowest value of these being colourful playing card symbols from 10 to A.
The four high-value symbols are a little more fun, as these are a fish, parrot, donkey and bull – all brightly hued and all in piñata form.
You will quickly notice that this game uses Colossal Symbols, which are giant versions of the regular symbols covering a 2 x 2 or a 3 x 3 space on the reels.
This certainly is a vibrantly colourful game which just pops off the screen. The backdrop of a dusty Mexican town just serves to accentuate those amazing colours on the reels.
Out of all the giant symbols, the one to really look out for is the Colossal Bonus symbol. This is a cartoonish three-reel slot machine wearing a giant sombrero, which could lead to a major win.
The slot machine character swings a baseball bat at himself, to start the mini-slot feature. The nine symbols (or as many as are visible) spins to reveal either bronze, silver and gold coins or stars.
The coins are worth 20, 40 and 80 respectively, while if you reveal three or more stars you enter the free spin round.
Three-star symbols give you five free spins, with every additional star giving one more free spin.
As with so many games, entering the bonus free spin round is the highlight of Spinata Grande. During free spins, the mini-slot game may turn up again if your luck is in.
In this case, every star symbol will reward you with one more free spin. The main difference between the base game and free spin rounds comes with the wild symbols.
Not just any old wild symbols, but a colossal wild featuring a laughing skull which covers a 3 x 3 area. When this lands in the right place you are guaranteed some high value wins.
Spinata Grande was released back in 2013, but you will still find it on a large percentage of online casino lobbies where NetEnt games are available. Where so many slot games can disappear without a trace, this Mexican marvel has stayed the course.
If you enjoy Mexican themed slot games then there are some other very good options out there. Esqueleto Explosivo is a fantastically fun game from Thunderkick, while Wild Toro from Elk Gaming was voted the game of the year at the 2017 EGR Operators Award.
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Spinata Grande Review 2019
- Overall - 7.2/107.2/10
Spinata Grande can certainly live with the best of those games, offering a creative and entertaining slot gaming experience.