Yggdrasil’s take on the wrestling world has resulted in a colourful and unique game full of fun features. We get 5 reels and 20 paylines to work with, and can choose to set our bet value between €0.08 and €100.00 under normal circumstances. The return to player is set to 96%, and the variance is classified as medium to high. Nothing out of the usual here in other words.
Now let’s take a look at what makes this game stand out from the crowd. First of all; it’s rather generous with the free spins. If you get 3 or more scattered Bonus symbols you will be rewarded with 7 to 30 free spins! The free spins also come with an extra twist; before you play them you will get to choose from a set of extra features that will influence the result of the spins. For the normal Free Spins achieved through the Bonus symbol, you will be allowed 3 features active per round. These features can come in the form of extra free spins, random wilds, stacking and other cool editions that you can check out for yourself.
If you can get 2 or more Bonus symbols while playing your Free Spins you will retrigger the Free Spins function and get minimum 1 more feature on the purchase.
The Golden Bet is another handy part of Lucha Maniacs, which basically allows you to have an additional Feature activated during the Free Spins. It also allows you to raise your bet value to €125 if you wish, but this will cost you 5 coins extra per spin. The Golden Bet feature can be turned on and off between each round.
To add a little extra potential to the winnings, Yggdrasil have thrown in something called the Poster Bonus Game. This is a rather simple feature where you choose between four posters with different wrestlers on them, the one you choose will reveal either Free Spins or between 20 and 80 coins. This little addition adds to the gameplay and makes the game more variated.
Lucha Maniacs has 4 different Wilds that replace all symbols except for the bonus symbol. The Regular Wild appears in both the base game and when playing Free Spins, while the random, sticky and wrestler Wilds only feature in the Free Spin mode.
Design and theme
The symbols in this game consist of hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds, along with 4 different wrestlers, all dressed in different colours and with their own traits. The bonus symbol comes in the appropriate form of a wrestling ring, and the Wild looks like a golden plaque with the game logo on it.
The theme of Lucha Maniacs is, perhaps unsurprisingly, very Mexican-inspired with cheerful melodies from what we can only assume is a mariachi band filling the already colourful game. In the background an excited crowd with a high amount of sombreros can be seen. In between all the spinning and other features, we are treated to a selection of exciting cutscenes that really bring the game to life. The scene of the game is set for a great wrestling match, but serves equally well as a playground casino fans!
Testing out Lucha Maniacs has been great fun. At the beginning, combining Mexican wrestling with a slot game seemed almost a bit too out of the box, but after firing up the game our doubts were gone like dew before the sun. The atmosphere really drags you into the game from the beginning, and the many bonus features make the game ever-changing and keep you entertained for hours and hours. Our view of this very creative and entertaining slot has been more or less exclusively positive, and with good reason. This composition of colours, music, fun features and winnings should be enough to brighten anyone’s day, given that they enjoy slots! So put on your wrestling mask and get ready to enter the ring with our vikings!