Yggdrasil isn’t known for producing low-quality slots. In fact, their brand is almost synonymous with cinematic video quality, perfectly-executed mechanics, and engaging storylines. Despite its comical appearance, Lucha Maniacs delivers all 3 of those qualities in abundance.
The base gameplay is entertaining, with some nice added-extras thrown in. However, it’s the bonus rounds where the giant payouts, jaw-dropping animations and the fun really come to life. In this quick review, we’ll look at the game’s mechanics, how well it pays, the quality of bonuses, and more!
The game is based on the Mexican sport of Lucha Libre, where wrestlers don exceptional face masks before engaging in exciting bouts. It’s a pretty popular theme for slots these days!
Playing the Game
As with any Yggdrasil game, the player is immediately struck by the quality of graphics and animation. The reels are designed to look like an old-fashioned performance stage, with tall wooden supports up the sides and lighting above. It’s only after playing for a few minutes that you pick up on the finer details: speakers gently booming in the corners, the subtle movement of the crowds, and the soft flickering of the lights.
Basically, in terms of graphics, it’s outstanding.
The symbols are a mixture of Lucha Libre wrestlers (in a variety of masks), the classic playing card suits, and some wilds and bonus symbols. Wilds appear on almost every spin, but with only 20 paylines, they aren’t quite as effective as on most games.
The red-masked wrestler is the most valuable, worth 200 coins for 5 in-a-row. Players who land only 2 bonus symbols in a single spin are presented with a poster of all four wrestlers. You click on one of them, and reveal a prize! These can be worth quite a bit, so keep your eyes peeled!
But enough of the base play. Let’s get to the interesting stuff: the bonus round.
By landing 3+ bonus symbols in a single spin, players launch the free spins round. Players also receive 3 “features” as part of the round, which are taken from the following:
- 1-2 random wilds per spin
- +2 or +4 free spins
- Sticky wild on reel 2, 3, or 4
- High-value symbols merge together
- One high symbol becomes wild
- One high symbol becomes stacked
- One high symbol gets 3x multiplier
As if that’s not enough, additional bonus symbols will retrigger more spins and more features. There are also 3 different types of wild which are unique to the bonus round, and a special betting feature called the “Golden Bet”: if you select this (slightly more expensive) betting option and activate the bonus round, you’ll receive 4 features instead of 3!
It’s not the most exciting Yggdrasil game we’ve ever played, but it’s still vastly superior to the run-of-the-mill slots produced by most other developers. If you’re looking for something fun and easy to play, then you’ve found it!