Havana Cubana

Havana Cubana Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

It’s getting hot and smoky as Bally takes you to Cuba for a little wild Latin flavour. Will the spinning wilds get you salsa dancing? Or drive you mad?

Have you ever played the far more famous slot ‘Big Vegas‘ from Bally slots? If so, Havana Cubana mobile slot should be instantly familiar to you. It is, basically, the same game. So your options here are to head to the city of sin or the city of passion. Where will you land?

You’ll be asking yourself that question a lot as you wait for those spinning wilds to stop.

All about the directional wilds

At any point during the base game, you’ll get a special icon amongst all the cuban cigars, rum and slightly fuzzy but generally pretty women. That would be the little spinning icon that when it finally comes to rest at the end of the spin, will send wilds all across the five reels, either diagonally, horizontally or vertically.

In any direction.

If you don’t think that’s cool then move on. Check out our Mega Fortune Dreams slot review.

Because ultimately Havana Cubana slot game on mobile  lives or dies on whether you love this feature. It’s what will keep your budget steady and what will have your heart racing as you wait for that needle to point somewhere significant for 5 of a kind wins.

Free spins with sticky direction wilds

And then eventually the free spins turn around and blow this bonus feature out of the water. You only get 5 free spins, true, but on each you are guaranteed to get one of those wild directional icons in the middle of the slots reels. And any wilds that flow out of that middle finger stay sticky during the whole round.

We are pretty sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but we can’t find it.

Ultimately, your love of Havana Cubana video slot will live or die in whether you get a good first free spins round. If you don’t, you might just give up and move on. But if you do, you could get a whole screen full of five of a kind wilds which send your budget on a hay day of celebrations.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedAugust 2014
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 40 Paylines
House edge5.95%
Slot volatilityMedium
Coins range0.01 - 1.00
Min/Max bet0.40 / 40
Max win27,000
Free spins5 Free Spins / 3x Multiplier
Bonus roundsRandom Directional Wilds & Free Spins
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In-game bonus features

Wilds: Your normal wild is your stereo-typical Latin lady with her hair tight in a bun so tight you can practically see the hair implants. Except you can't as the graphic here as not as sharp as they should be, but still. You get our drift.

Directional Wilds: We mentioned the little spinner symbol that shows up on reels 2, 3 and 4 right? So this little spinner spins at the end of each of the reels spins.

Wherever it lands, any symbols between it and the walls of the game turn to wilds. This is in any direction, from left to right to up, down, and diagonally. The center spinning symbol also turns wild.

This means two things. You'll either be overjoyed in seeing 4 wilds on your screen, helping creating a few 5 of a kind wins in this 40 reel slot, or you'll cry as the spinner hits the wall when it sits on the edge of the reel and gets you no wild at all. Because that happens often enough to crush your budding hopes.

Still, it's exciting almost every time.

Scatters & Free Spins: The free spins are not always the easiest to come by, but when they do, you'll be grateful for them.

You'll need three 'free spin' symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 to get a measly 5 free spins. But don't despair, these come with a twist as you are guaranteed to get the directional spinning symbol in the center reel on every one of those five spins. Better yet, any wilds that are created using the directional wild stay on the screen until the Havana Cubana bonus games end.

What it means is that you could get a whole load of nothing or... your could get a whole screen full of five of a kind wilds, five times in a row.

Think about that for a moment and tell us that's not exciting.


Closing thoughts

The graphics are nothing to shout about and the sounds have a nice latin flavour, but are mostly generic.

So what makes this Havana Cubana mobile slot stand out from the pack is that directional wild, whether on the base game or the free spin bonus games, makes you heart race as you wait for the spinner to stop and your luck to turn.

Do not generally expect huge wins, but if you are about 30% to 50% up on your starting budget, you've done well out of this mobile video slot and it's time to move on.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2014 - Rating 4

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