The Day of the Dead is an important holiday, and the Chilli Festival video slot pays homage to this event with some great gameplay and graphics. Skywind did a super-solid job with this title with the feature set in particular because there's a lot of depth, and things are set up to give players a lot of action as well.
The volatility is on the lower end of the medium range for players who care about that sort of thing. That means that you'll have some limited swings, but you'll mostly have a pretty smooth overall experience across your sessions.
Betting and Layout
This is a 30-payline video slot. You basically start off with a five-reel and three-row grid with 30 ways to get paid from left to right only. The thing about this game is that the betting is a little different than usual, and as a result, you'll actually be wagering 50 coins per spin. The payline number cannot be changed, and the minimum bet size per spin is $0.50 with a coin size of $0.01.
However, a variety of coin sizes are available at virtually all stakes with a maximum in the range of $100 per spin, so you'll be able to enjoy this title no matter what level of betting you're comfortable with.
While Chilli Peppers Symbol
There's a wild symbol that appears on all five reels, and it's a set of a green, red and yellow pepper wrapped together in a red wrapper that has "wild" spelled out on the side of it in golden letters. This substitutes for everything but the skull symbols, and you'll see how that works down below.
The best individual win that you can get on a payline in this game is given to you by the wilds. You'll pick up 500x for five of a kind. Wins of 100x and 25x can also be had for four of a kind and three of a kind, respectively. Players can also pick up a 10x prize with a two of a kind combination.
Skulls and the Free Spins Mode
Skulls appear on the second, third and fourth reel. For payline purposes, they act as wilds that substitute for everything but the triple pepper wild, so they can't help you to get that 500x win. However, six or more (they show up stacked in sets of three) will get you a set of free spins. You can win as many as 60 free spins, but you get to pick how many extra wilds you want on the reels with the three pepper wins.
You can pick to have one, two or all three of the pepper symbols be wild in this game. However, you'll get fewer total free spins for the most wilds you pick. The best overall monetary value is to pick two wilds, but you can go with what you want.
Prizes and Payouts
The three chilli peppers pay out pretty well with some mid-level wins. Five of the red pays 250x, and you'll get 200x for five of the green pepper with 150x for five of the yellow pepper. Like the triple pepper wild, these three peppers pay for two of a kind or more.
The hat and maracas pay out 100x for five of a kind of either. You can also pick up a 75x win for five of the drink.
For the card rank symbols, the purple A, orange K and yellow Q symbols each give you 60x wins for five of a kind. Players can also score 50x for five of the blue J or red 10 symbols.
The graphics for the Chilli Festival slot aren't the best, but they aren't terrible either. Regardless, Skywind has put most of the focus for this game on the gameplay anyway, and it's really catered towards players who care more about that aspect of the experience than the visual appeal.
The multiple wilds, multiple symbols that pay for just two of a kind and the ability to choose which free spins mode you get gives this slot an immersive style of play, which is the kind of thing a lot of players like to see.