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Play'n GO have announced that they will be releasing their latest Grim Muerto slot on the 12th of July. We've had a sneak peak behind the curtain and we have to say: we're impressed.
That said, we are generally impressed with Play’n GO’s visual style and interesting game mechanics.
So perhaps that statement isn’t saying much.
Could this be the one that makes them stumble and fall? Or will they shine like a glorious mariachi band?
We don’t have a video to show you, but we do have 3 screenshots, each representing different aspects of this Play n GO slot machine.
So first, let talk theme.
We’d like to introduce you to Amador the accordionist, Tauro the trumpeter, Fernando the fiddler and Vincente on the vihuela (the guitar for those who don’t know their Mexican instruments).
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That’s right. Each of these characters has a name and a purpose. Namely, as the highest paying symbols of these reels, we hope that their purpose is to hopefully line up 5 in a row.
But when you think about it… it’s not that familiar. Sure those two are pretty epic games, but the theme itself isn’t as overused as, say, jokers, fruit machines, ancient Egypt or Irish slots.
And this is beautifully done, with intricate details drawn in the background of the five reels, and each of the skeletal crew looking ‘hauntingly handsome’, as Play’n GO puts it.
Even though the actual Day of the Dead doesn’t fall until Autumn, there’s something about the bright mariachi bands that brings to mind hot Mexican heat, and that festival feeling.
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Chances are, it will sound and look good.
But what features will it bring to the table and will it stand out amongst it’s brothers and sister?
This Grim Muerto slot machine seems to focus heavily on expanded wilds.
During the base game, one reel will be highlighted in gold – the guitar wild symbol lands on the reel, it will expand to cover all three symbols.
During the free spins, on the other hand, not only do you get one of the four band members as an extra wild symbol, and this time anything from 1 to all 5 reels could be highlighted in gold.
Meaning you could, theoretically, get 5 expanded wild symbols during the free spins.
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Hard to say this early on, but it’s certainly interesting.
With only 20 paylines, and no multipliers to speak of, it sounds like you’ll need some decent 5 of a kind wins to walk away happy, much like the simpler Play’n GO games like the Golden Caravan slot.
Meaning those stacked wilds are your best bet to making that happen.
We suspect that the base game stacked wilds will be there to keep things rolling, namely giving you enough wins to keep your casino balance healthy whilst you wait for the free spins.
But it’s the free spin games that sound like they could be deadly.
This is just pure guesswork of course, so don’t quote us on it.
But if you get 2 scatters during the free spins, you’ll trigger what Play’n GO calls ‘The Second Chance’ feature. Because if anyone needs a second chance, the dead probably do.
Here you’ll get a chance to win instant cash or more free spins.
That seems to imply that once you’re playing the bonus game, things heat up sufficiently to allow for a chain reaction of wins.
Very much how the win spins in the Spin Party slot bring that excitement each time the feature triggers.
We haven’t had a look at the paytable. Meaning we have no idea if there truly is any good 4 or 5 of a kind wins available.
If there isn’t, and you get those stacked wilds left, right, and centre, but only win your bet back at most, chances are you’ll quickly get bored of spinning for little rewards.
For that matter, we can’t even guarantee that you will be able to re-trigger the free spins easily. It’s just a theory we have.
As with all things, balance will be important.
Just enough wins to give you value for money, with just enough big win hopes to make you want to keep spinning.
Pretty theme, stacked wilds, free spins with mini-games giving you potentially a chain reaction of bonus games?
Yeah, safe to say this Grim Muerto mobile slot will be interesting enough to warrant a closer look on the 12th of July 2016.
Better yet, you don’t actually have that long to wait.
But, if you’re impatient for some Play’n GO action, we highly recommend you try some of our favourite of their games at the moment:
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