Big Time Gaming does it again, bringing the heat in this Extra Chilli mobile slot with 117,649 Megaways and those rolling carts now at the bottom of the reels.
Why do we say now? Because this is a clear sequel to the award-winning Bonanza slot which brought something truly unique to the gambling slot scene.
Extra Chilli is a 6 reel video slot with reacting wins and megaways – so very similar. Except now, that extra special reel at the bottom (in Bonanza it was at the top) increasing the possible ways to win from 34,300 to 117,649.
The two casino games are very, very, similar. You have the cascading reels where every winning symbol explodes and creates further wins – much like Jungle Jim El Dorado or, more famously, the Gonzo’s Quest slot.
You have the DualReaction feature, where that special 7th reel rolls the symbols along with every win, giving you extra chances at creating more wins.
Hell, though you’ve moved from the gold mountains to the heat of Mexico, even the symbols have the same value, so the win potential is the same – 10,000 times your bet.
So why should you play on this Extra Chilli slot game? That’s a hard question because at face value it seems like you get less.
In as much as you only trigger 8 instead of 12 free spins. And seeing as the way to get big wins is to catch the free spins as you get potentially unlimited multipliers… that’s not a good start.
But you can buy the feature, meaning you no longer have to wait for scatters to trigger it and you can gamble to increase the number of free games to 24.
In addition, the RTP is better, up from ‘just’ 96% to 96.15% to 96.41% and if you buy the free spins, that increases to 96.26% to 96.82%.
Despite all of this, we just didn’t like this Extra Chilli video slot as much as Bonanza, mostly because buying the free spin feature is such a risky move, and then gambling the few free spins you get is even riskier.
Meaning you long for Bonanza’s simpler rules in what is, let’s be honest, complicated game mechanics that Extra Chilli just over complicates even further.
It’s not for newcomers to slot machines, and really only for fans of the original Bonanza.
Otherwise, you should probably try something like Laser Fruit slot where you can unlock 60,466,176 ways to win and is still a far simpler slot to play.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||6 Reels / 117,649 Ways to Win|
|House edge||3.85% to 3.18%|
|Min/Max bet||0.20 / 40|
|Max win||10,000 x Total Bet|
|Free spins||Starts at 8 Free Spins / Unlimited Multipliers|
|Bonus rounds||Extra Cart Symbols, Cascading Reels|
Wilds: The fireworks are wild and substitutes for all other symbols except the golden scatters.
Extra Reel: The extra reels stop on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 to add an extra symbol. These create more slot wins and bigger payouts.
Cascading Wins: The symbols used in a win in the main 6 reel will explode and more will drop down from above to replace them.
If a symbol in the extra reel is used, more symbols will roll in from the right to replace them at the same time creating a dual reaction of cascades.
Hence their name for it 'Dual Reaction' feature.
Free Spins: Find the word HOT (ie 3 or more scatters) across the 6 reels will trigger 8 free spins. Here on every win, your multiplier will increase, starting from 1x to 8x if you win on every spin.
You can get more free spins by finding 3 or more scatters, and the number of multipliers is unlimited, meaning for as long as you keep winning and get spins, you get bigger wins.
MegaWays: On every spin the number of symbols on each reel will change and so will the number of ways to win.
The maximum number of ways to win is an impressive 177,649, but expect more like a few thousands on each spin; 34,300 is the more common number.
This Extra Chilli slot on mobile is very good, and if it wasn't trying to be a sequel to Bonanza, we may have rated it higher.
The problem is that, in comparison, you get less for your money in the free spins, even though theoretically the return to player rate is higher. But the problem with theory is that it's such a tiny margin, it rarely feels like reality.
Still, if you're the type of slots player that doesn't mind spending a little cash and just buying free spin rounds, this is perfect for you.
Skip the base game, and just pay big to win big in the free spins.
Or, there's always Money Tower slot if you want something simpler.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: February 13, 2019 - Rating