Free Day of the Dead Slot Machine Game
Day of the Dead is an online video slot brought to you by IGT. It takes you to Mexico where the Day of the Dead is celebrated with a skeleton pair and mariachi skeletons standing for high paying icons. Other symbols in this slot game are depicted as pies, flowers, fruits and mugs and bowls with favourite Mexican drinks.
The slot uses 5 reels and a diamond-like hexagonal layout featuring a 3-4-5-4-3 row structure. Thanks to the MultiWay Xtra feature, players can make use of 720 ways to win and get paid for creating winning combos left to right and right to left as long as they land matching symbols on adjacent reels. The game offers three bonus symbols, Wild, Scatter and Bonus, depicted as coffin cakes in pastel colours, the sugar skull and lady skeleton respectively.
Wild will land on the reels 2, 3 and 4 to complete your winning combinations by replacing all regular symbols. The good news is that Wild can appear in stacks thus completing multiple winning combos at the same time. Sugar Skull Scatter only pays prizes and landing five of these anywhere on 5 adjacent reels will earn you 50 coins.
Last but not least, 5 Lady Bonus symbols anywhere on 5 consecutive reels trigger the free spins feature and award 50 coins on top. The feature awards 8 free spins but if you manage to trigger it with more Scatter combinations, you can win up to 96 free games initially. Free spins can be re-triggered the same way and you can play up to 240 free turns during the feature. Another set of the reels is used during free games, but all the symbols and payouts remain the same.
The top paying symbol is the Day of the Dead logo and placing 5 of these on adjacent reels will earn you 1,000 coins. Mariachi skeletons and pairs of skeletons award 400 and 300 coins for five of a kind respectively. Once you score a big win, mariachi skeletons will appear on the reels to celebrate your gain with you, which contributes to the overall festive atmosphere of the game.
This is one of our favourite IGT slot thanks to its colourful graphics, smooth animations and an entertaining music score playing in the background throughout the game. If you are not familiar with the Dead of the Day, you should know that it is a Mexican national holiday celebrated in honour of family members who passed away. Its imagery and symbols come in vibrant colours which may come as a bit odd given that it is dedicated to deceased people, but it is a playful holiday with lots of food and mariachi music.
Some of the symbols related to the Day of the Dead have become popular worldwide thanks to their vivid colours and ornate decorations. They include sugar skulls, or so called "Calaveras", with La Calavera Catrina, the representation of a lady skeleton, being the most popular among them. This symbol stands for Bonus in the video slot we are talking about. The reels are set on an altar with marigolds and candles which are also part of holiday decorations.
When it comes to downsides to the Day of the Dead slot, we have to say that we are not very happy to learn that Wilds appear only on the central reels and that you need 5 Scatter or Bonus symbols to win a prize of trigger the free spins feature. It takes time to get all these symbols on the reels, so you better prepare to invest some money in the gameplay until you unlock the bonus game. After all, the game comes with an RTP between 94.91% and 95.52%, so give it a try and see for yourself.
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