Esqueleto Explosivo 2
Get ready for a second ‘Dia de Muertos’ celebration on the slot from Thunderkick. Esqueleto Explosivo 2 is the sequel to the 2014 release from the developer which brought us a hilarious reel spectacle surrounding the much celebrated annual holiday where Mexican people commemorate the departed with colourful processions and elaborate fireworks. The follow-up game has kept its hilarious nature and has now a 99-pay way grid with Explosivo Wilds, tumbling symbols, progressive Mucho Multipliers and new, a free spins round with boosted win multipliers that can lead to wins of up to 5,000 times your bet.
Esqueleto Explosivo 2 is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 99 connecting pay ways. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols or in combination with wilds on adjacent reels as long as they are connecting horizontally or diagonally. You can join the celebrations on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game has high volatility (square root of variance 56.50) with an RTP of 96.13%.
A typical village square with an altar prepared for the celebrations is in the background of the completely frameless game window. Flowers, food and drinks illuminated by a sea of candles have been laid out as offerings for the departed. The decorated ‘calaveras’, skulls traditionally made from sugar or clay for the celebrations, dominate the hilarious gameplay on the reels. The symbols are held on top of five skeleton musicians of a mariachi band. At the bottom is the multiplier trail, which will activate the soon you score a win.
The pay symbols have remained largely unchanged although there are some additions to report. All regular symbols are decorated skulls that are usually used in the Dia de Muertos celebrations. In ascending order of value they are in turquoise, orange, blue, green and red colours, awarding 0.7x to 2.5x your bet for a single five of a kind. New is a hooded female skull which will pay 5x your stake when five land across the reels.
The smug golden skull with giant sunglasses is still the Explosivo Wild symbol, appearing on reels two, three and four only and substituting for all regular pay symbols. A robotic skull with red gem eyes and a key peaking out of its right ear acts as the scatter.
Esqueleto Explosivo 2 Slot Features
Thunderkick went to great length to keep the DNA of the original slot but also added enough new features to separate the sequel from its sibling. New is the 99 connecting pay ways setup instead of just 17 pay lines on Esqueleto Explosivo, providing more chances to score a winner.
They kept the tumbling symbol mechanic where 15 symbols drop onto the reels at the start of a spin sequence. Any winning combinations will explode to make space for new symbols to fall into place. This continues until no new winners land after a fresh drop.
A special role falls to the Explosivo Wild as it is not only substituting for all regular symbols but will also explode all symbols in its direct vicinity, except wilds and the high-value skull. Depending on where it lands, that amounts to three to eight symbols. This can prove especially helpful when it appears on a losing spin as it will remove the symbols and cause a new cascade that could potentially produce a winner. Plus, it will increase the win multiplier to the next step on the trail.
Central to scoring mega wins on this slot is the Mucho Multiplier trail at the bottom of the reels. It starts at x1 and peaks in the base game at x32 while in the free spins it maxes out at x64. The multiplier will increase by one step for each winning combo after a tumble within a spin sequence or if a wild symbol lands without an initial win. The steps are progressive and amount to x1, x2, x4, x8, x16 and x32 (x64 in the free spins). It will stay at the maximum value should it be reached until the end of a spin sequence and then reset to x1.
The colourful celebrations will reach their climax in the Free Spins feature. Three, four or five scatters landing anywhere on the reels within one spin sequence will trigger 10, 12 and 14 free spins respectively. Any further scatter appearing in the triggering sequence will add +2 free spins to the count. Hitting two to five scatters during the feature will retrigger 3 to 12 additional free spins, no limits.
The Explosivo Wild is taking up again a special role in addition to the substitutions, advancing multipliers and exploding other symbols. Collect three in the counter at the bottom of the game window to be awarded +1 free spin. Plus, it will remove the lowest multiplier from the trail. For example, after collecting three wilds the x1 multiplier is removed and all wins start with an x2 multiplier. In the next stage, the x2 multiplier is removed and all wins start with x4 as multiplier. Once you reach the x32 as the base multiplier, the game will unlock the x64 multiplier and award a final additional free spin.
Well, if you weren’t a fan of the original slot, then I am positively inclined to say that you will like Esqueleto Explosivo 2. And existing fans will have another reason to cheer the skeleton mariachi band. The gameplay is just as hilarious and has been spiked with more ways to win, additional high-value symbols and a free spins round with the potential to reach x64 win multipliers. Not to forget, the maximum win potential which increased from just 700x to a cheerful 5,000x bet. Time to prepare for the reel celebrations as the 22-January-2020 release date draws closer.