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|6.||Maximum jackpot in coins||1000|
|10.||Betting range||from $0.2 up to $400|
|11.||Coin Bet Range||from $0.01 up to $20|
|12.||Coins per line||1|
There are a few key factors that have to come together really well to make a game that most players like in the video slot genre. These factors include the theme, the visual application of that theme, the feature set and the structure of the pay table. If these parts don't come together correctly, then you end up with a disjointed experience for players.
The Booming Games slot Sugar Skulls is a great example of a title that does all four of these things extremely well. We love the theme and the visual appeal, and we like how the pay table is structured to be balanced. The main bonus feature also stands out as putting a twist on a common approach, so that stands out as well.
Structure and Format
A very solid structure is used as the basic foundation for this game. You'll find five vertical reels with three horizontal rows that use 20 paylines, from left to right only. Additionally, this number of paylines cannot be changed, so that's one fewer control you'll have to worry about making sure that you have exactly right before getting started playing.
Speaking of the simplicity of the controls, players have a really simple way to pick out their bet sizes. Instead of messing around with coins per line, coin values and line bet wagers, all you have to concern yourself with is how much you are spending on each turn. The available range of values goes from $0.20 to $400 per spin. Along these lines, all of the payouts are expressed in terms of a multiple of that amount, but if you prefer the line bet listings, mutliply the given amount by 20 to find the equivalent amount.
The Keys of Gameplay
Before getting into what this game offers, we want to point out the keys to its overall gameplay. The pay table is balanced with a range of 50x to 2x on payouts, which correlates to 1,000x to 40x for line bet wagers. This is a bit low on the lower end, but overall, there are plenty of wins at all levels. However, a very significant chunk of value comes from the free spins mode, which we'll discuss below, which kicks the volatility up to the medium-low range.
Pinatas and the Fiesta Rewards Feature
One of the features that you'll run into the most for the most value in this game is the Fiesta Rewards Feature. You'll activate this feature by getting any number of the pinata symbols on the reels at once. When this happens, you'll see them explode to give you instant wins. The amounts you win are random, but they are proportionately larger based on how much you're spending per turn. They don't have to land anywhere in particular on the reels for a win, and you can get paid with even just one of them on the game board at a time.
Wild symbols give the best payouts in this game on their own. It starts with a 50x win, which is like a 1,000x line bet payout, for five of the wild symbol on a payline. Four of a kind earns 10x, and three gets you 2.5x. However, to make sure that players get the most winnings possible, if you get a winning combination with wilds that could lead to a larger payout if other symbols are used, you will always be given the single-highest available win on each individual payline.
Free Spins Mode
Three of the scattered free spins bonus symbols gets you a random number of free turns. These free turns are special for two reasons. First, only wilds and high-ranking symbols are included on the reels, which means that you'll have easier chances to win and pick up larger prizes when you do. Second, they all show up stacked, and that makes it easier to get multi-line payouts on the same spin.
Payouts and Prizes
Four sugar skulls are the top half of the regular pay table with mid-level wins. It starts off with 20x for five of the purple skull and continues with 15x prizes for five of the red one. The blue and green skulls each give you 10x or 7.5x, respectively, for five on a payline.
The A symbol gets you 4x, and you can win 3x for five of the K. The Q and J pay 2.5x and 2x, respectively, for five of a kind combinations.
We are fans of how Booming Games took the Day of the Dead theme and made it into the Sugar Skulls slot by combining visual elements and fun gameplay. This is the type of winning formula we often see from games that they produce, and it's definitely the kind of thing that will not disappoint the majority of players.