El Toro Slot Machine Review
Bullfighting certainly has a lot of potential for a casino slot theme – and with a bit of imagination those bulls and matadors could make for some interesting game-play.
The question is, whether the bullfighting based El Toro from Everi gaming manages to come up with the goods.
My first impression of this slot is a bold (if a little dated) looking game, with some unique wilds in the base game and a potentially generous free games bonus round. Highlights include stacked wilds, randomly awarded jackpots and a unique flamenco style guitar track.
How to Win on El Toro
The 50 win lines of this slot are spread over a standard 5 by 4 grid which is transparent – showing the crowded bullfighting ring behind. The symbols are a mixture of very nicely designed black playing card symbols, and unique symbols which include a bull, matador and a lady with a fan, as well as a Spanish rose. 3 of a kind from the left is enough to trigger the smaller wins, though your bigger wins will come from those spins you collect multiple win-lines together across all the reels.
Wilds (simply say wild) are stacked on the reels, giving them the potential to cover entire reels at once. If you are lucky enough to get 2 or more reels covered in wilds, then your wins can be substantial. There are two special symbols on the reels. The first are matador wilds, and the second free spins bonus symbols.
Matador Wilds On-Reel Feature
If you hit one or more of the Matador wilds on the first reel, you will get some extra wilds on that row of symbols. What happens is that between 1 and 4 of the symbols to the right of your matador will show bullfighters red flags. Next a bull charges (literally!) from the right to the left of the screen turning those symbols with flags wild. Your wins are then recalculated – and usually much improved from the base spin.
Free Spins Bonus Game
Hitting 3 of the free spins bonus symbols will start off a bonus game with 6 free spins. This is lower than for many other slots. You will find your game extended every time you hit one or more free spins symbols while playing. 3 more gets you 6 spins, 2 more are worth 3 extra spins and just 1 adds 1 more spin to your total.
The Matador wilds and regular stacked wilds are still in play during this bonus game. As you play your wins are accumulated below the reels. With any luck you’ll be seeing the ‘big win’ coin fountain at the end of the bonus.
Randomly Awarded Jackpots
In the upper screen of the cabinet, you will see 2 progressive jackpots. These are randomly awarded at any time. You’ll spin the reels and suddenly a jarring bell will ring and a big box will appear in the middle of the screen with one of the two jackpot amounts.
Design and Setup
This is not the most modern looking slot, though it does have some nice touches. I really like the transparent reels with the bull ring (complete with ongoing fight) in progress behind. Most of the symbols are blocky looking, and some of the animations are very basic. An example is the stuttering animation of the lady cooling herself with the fan. The Matador wilds and bull moving over the screen are a little better, though certainly nothing that makes this slot stand out as far as design is concerned.
Setup is a standard 50 line 5-reel video slot format. You can play from 1 credit per line up to a max of 5 per line or 250 credits per spin. There is a maximum prize of 91,075 coins as well as the progressive jackpots (which are for individual machines, rather than linked).
El Toro has done a great job with the Bullfighting theme, and has managed to give this slot some distinctively Spanish flavor without going over the top about it. The highlight as far as big wins are concerned is the free spins bonus game. You can keep on extending this as you play. I also liked the Matador wilds in regular play. While the graphics are a little retro, the game play is excellent – check out El Toro for yourself soon.