Esmeralda Slot Machine
Named for its fiery redheaded main character, Esmeralda is a five reel, three row and 25 payline slot with a Spanish feel and a focus on two suitors’ attempts to woo the eponymous Esmeralda.
Boasting symbols with all manner of Latino and romance themed images, the slot also features really beneficial scatter symbols which can trigger huge wins and lead to loads of free spins, as well as a wild depicting Esmeralda herself.
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- The slot’s rose scatter symbol delivers nicely sized instant wins, as well as up to as many as a gargantuan 70 free spins.
- The Esmeralda wild also helps to enhance player’s chances of producing valuable payline combinations.
- Esmeralda’s top payline jackpot comes in at only £15,000, which is much lower than the top payouts offered by many slots.
- Gameplay is pretty simplistic and repetitive, given that there is no sidegame or bonus round.
- Stake options for each spin are quite limited as line bet options must fall between just 1p and £1.
As you may expect, this slot’s top jackpot results from a combination of five of the symbols depicting Esmeralda herself. If five of those symbols do align on an active payline, the resulting jackpot will be worth 15,000 times the player’s chosen line bet.
The highest line bet that it is possible to select stands at £1, so the most valuable the jackpot can be is an impressive if not outstanding £15,000. What the size of that jackpot represents, therefore, is that Esmeralda is more about the sheer number of payouts that can be earnt through free spins rather than the actual size of each of those payouts.
As alluded to above, Esmeralda’s free spins are arguably the game’s most important feature and are triggered by the rose scatter symbol. That symbol is then also joined on the reels by a wild, whilst a ‘double feature’ follows each winning spin.
Rose Scatters & Free Spins
Depicting one single red rose, Esmeralda’s scatter symbol is perhaps the most important one on the reels. If five or more of them appear, after all, cash prizes of various sizes are instantly triggered for the lucky player.
That’s not all, either, as if the player is fortunate enough to see eight or more scatters appear at once then they will be rewarded with free spins alongside their instant win. The number of free spins depends on how many scatters appear, and can be as many as 70 if the scatter covers all 15 spaces on the reels.
As well as making up the slot’s most valuable payline combination, the symbol featuring an image of Esmeralda is also a wild. That means that when it appears on the reels, it substitutes for all other symbols apart from the scatter, in order to make up the most valuable combinations possible.
After each winning Esmeralda spin, players are given the chance to keep their winnings or to risk either half or all of them on a game of high card. If they correctly guess that the next card overturned is higher or lower than the last, the amount they chose to gamble with will be doubled.
Largely themed around the beautiful Esmeralda, the Esmeralda slot’s regular symbols all feature images of characters and items related to her love life. Those include potential gifts she may receive from her suitors and those suitors themselves.
The most valuable regular symbols of all are the two symbols which do show off images of Esmeralda’s potential boyfriends. A five symbol combination of either of those symbols results in a jackpot worth 1000 times the chosen line bet.
There is unfortunately only a very limited range of potential stake amounts per spin offered to Esmeralda players. The overall minimum bet per spin possible stands at 1p and the maximum is just £25, meaning that higher rollers will likely be put off.
If a player wants to alter the amount they’re betting per spin, they can either change the number of active paylines for the spin or the amount bet per active line. There are up to 25 Esmeralda paylines which can be activated, and the line bet can be set between a minimum of 1p and a maximum of £1
What We Think
Boasting an innovative if slightly unusual theme, Esmeralda is a slot which has a couple of notable good points but also suffers from a number of significant downsides.
What the slot does feature, on the positive side, is an impressive focus on free spins. Players, after all, could potentially trigger as many as 70 free spins at once and that would likely to huge overall winnings.
Aside from those free spins, however, Esmeralda is somewhat lacking in additional features. What’s more, the payline jackpots offered by the game are also on the stingy side when compared to those available elsewhere.