El Torero

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 10
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 10
5. Jackpot 2000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 1000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.01 up to $20
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $2
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.08

Bullfighting is a sport that's extremely popular in certain parts of the world, and Merkur Gaming's El Torero slot captures a lot of this sport with its bullfighting theme. The graphics are decent enough, though they're definitely relying on the gameplay to try to be competitive with this game in a global market. While they might not have won any awards for the presentation of this game, the theme is fairly atypical for the online slots world, and we definitely give them points for that.

Game Layout

When you first look at this game, it's clear that the format uses five reels and three rows. You'll see numbers along the sides of the reels that indicate the direction for the ten paylines available in the game as well. As far as betting options go, you can change the size of the coin wagered on each of those paylines, and your coin options go from $0.01 to $2.00 apiece. This means the minimum bet size overall is $0.20 per turn, but you can also wager as much as $20 on each spin, which is a wide enough range for virtually all players to be comfortable.

It's important to note that the payouts in this slot are based on a multiple of your total bet size instead of being based on the line bet sizes, which does two things. First, it makes it a lot more clear exactly how much you're winning for each paying combination. Second, it puts you in a position where it can seem like some of the pays are lower than they would normally be on average.

Wild Symbols

El Torero means "the bullfighter" in Spanish, and he's the center of the action in this game, which is only appropriate. He shows up on all five of the reels, and he's also a wild symbol. He actually substitutes for everything but the scatter, which we'll get to in a moment, which is completely normal for the industry overall. This symbol is also important because it's responsible for the largest wins in the game and a key part of the game's bonus feature.

The top win in the game is for five of this wild, and that will get you a pay worth 100 times your total win. This would be like a 2,000x line bet win in most other games. Four of a kind picks up 20x, three gives you 5x and just two will pay back 1x. These are some pretty solid wins, and they're very important to the rest of the game as well, as you'll see below.

Free Spins Bonus Feature

The bull is the scattered bonus symbol, and when you get three anywhere on the reels, then you'll be rewarded with a set of 10 free spins. What's important about this set of free spins is that they have a special wild feature where any wild symbol you get during the feature is held sticky in place for the remainder of your free spins. If you pick up a few wilds early, then that can lead to some pretty serious wins. In fact, five of a kind in wilds on the first spin would actually pay out for every other free spin after that for a total prize worth 1,000 times your total bet, which is the same as a 20,000x line bet jackpot.

Other Payouts

Players will find two tiers of other payouts in this game. The first tier includes the woman dancer, who pays 50 times your total bet for five of a kind. She's also the only other symbol besides the wild that pays for just two of a kind. This tier of symbol is rounded out by the hat, guitar and rose symbols, all of which pay 25x for five of a kind (multiplied by your total bet).

The lower tier of symbols are the card ranks, and they pay 10x for five of the yellow A, red K, green Q, blue J or purple 10. These are all given the same payout, which helps to flatten out the volatility in this game, which isn't very high to begin with.

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