This Lucha Maniacs slot is well titled as only a maniac will try and decipher all the bonus features in this game. Which is us, apparently.
Yggdrasil Gaming are brilliant at throwing a ton of features in a game and making them work – just look at the Jungle Books slot which has a possibility of 45 different slot feature combinations.
The Lucha Maniacs mobile slot is not far behind with 10 possible slot features, some available on different symbols, making the free spin round a crazy fight round where you never quite know whose the winner or the loser.
Yggdrasil isn’t the first to take the Mexican form of wrestling in colourful masks and make it their own. Luchadora by Thunderkick tried it but didn’t quite succeed.
We have to say that this theme is particularly well done. You feel like your in the middle of a little pueblo in Mexico, searching for glory as a masked Luchador on the road to the main event fight.
Set with the usual Yggdrasil high card symbols, and some festive music that make you dream of eating Churros in the hot summer evening, we have no complaints about a brilliantly executed theme.
There are so many possible bonus features combinations during the free spins, we’ve had to go into more details in the section below, otherwise you’d never finish reading this Luch Maniacs online slot review.
But the short of it is this: when you trigger the free spins, you get to pick and win 3 possible combinations of features; extra wilds, sticky wilds, extra free spins, stacked symbols… you name it, they have a pick for it.
Sometimes you get lucky and get a combination that is out of this world. A lot of the time this doesn’t happen because this is a high variance slot machine, so be prepared to be frustrated.
One thing is clear though: make sure you turn the golden bet ‘on’ before you start (same idea as in Golden Fish Tank slot). It only increases the minimum bet from 0.08 to 0.10 a spin on a 20 payline slot, so it’s very affordable.
You’ll then get 4 possible extra features instead of 3, and the more features you get the bigger the win.
The problem isn’t the free spin feature, which is awesome, it’s the fact that this is the only feature.
There is a tiny little bonus if you find two scatters, but even that is made so you trigger the free spins – a bit like the chest bonus in Vikings Go Berzerk game.
And we’ve had waaaay too many disappointing free spin rounds to get excited when we eventually catch it.
Sure, there are some combinations that are truly out of this world and will pay over 200 times your bet, easy.
But it feels like you are waiting by the side of the ring for ages, only to be given B-list Luchadors most of the time. But, if the A-listers do show up, then be prepared for something truly glorious.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2018|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 20 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.8% / 96.2%|
|Coins range||0.004 - 5.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.08 (without golden bet) or 0.10 (with golden bet) / 100 (without golden bet) or 125 (with golden bet)|
|Free spins||7 Free Spins / 3 or 4 Features|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Free Spins, Multitude of Features|
Wilds: The Lucha Maniacs slot logo is wild and replaces all other symbols on these 20 paylines to create a win.
Golden Bet: There's a button at the bottom of your screen which is you need to turn on. It will increase the size of your bet, much in the superbet slots by NextGen, except much more affordable.
This will increase the number of picks that you get during the free spins from 3 to 4.
Poster Bonus Game: Landing two bonus symbols will trigger a mini-game where you pick from 4 posters. 3 will have a minimal amount of cash you can win, the fourth will hide a bonus symbol that triggers the free spins.
Free Spin Mode: 3, 4, or 5 bonus wrestling ring scatters will trigger 7, 15 or 30 free spins.
Hopefully, you'll have the golden bet turned on and you'll get to pick to win 4 different features instead of just 3. Your possible mystery picks are:
The best is when you can get as many wilds on screen.
What is a tag team feature? That's when two of the high paying symbols are conjoined into one (like in the Baywatch slot). Any features that have been won on these (say multiplier or that it's stacked) will now also be added to this one symbol.
These really work well if you've managed to get extra features on the wrestlers.
Re-triggering The Free Spins: Thought you were done with the slot features? You'd be wrong.
During the bonus games:
Extra features mean extra cash, which makes these particularly useful, and usually the best time to get the tag team option.
We know this Lucha Maniacs slot on mobile sits on the higher variance scale than most, so we expect long periods of nothing followed by huge action.
The problem is that the free bonus games are so temperamental, you kinda wish they'd thrown in something else in the base game to keep you occupied in between bouts.
Still, you can't deny that if it's variety that you want, and that high-risk feeling of never knowing what kind of slot you'll be playing, this is perfect for you.
And let's be fair: the theme is far more fun and better done that their Easter Island slot which was weird at the best of times.
Just make sure you turn the golden bet on, otherwise, it's just a missed opportunity.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 26, 2021 - Rating