Having seen the title of the slot you might imagine you’ll be playing a game featuring a Hunchback set in and around Notre Dame; however you’d most certainly be wrong. This PlayTech slot has a definite Spanish theme and is a love story, where the flame haired Esmerelda has caught the eye of two dashing heroes. Alongside the characters you’ll find the jewellery and roses that the two men use to woo the beautiful Esmerelda, as well as a Spanish guitar and a tambourine (this tambourine suggesting there is a link between this Esmerelda and the one in the Victor Hugo story featuring the hunchback). The slot has an interesting, original way of activating the free spins bonus round and an enticing Jackpot.
The slot is set on a stage, with velvet red curtains to either side of the reels, while a row of red roses sits above the game. The reels are in the same sumptuous red, while the combination of the playing card symbols, the roses and the sparkling diamonds add a great amount of colour to the reels. The three standout symbols however are the three characters. Esmerelda gazes out from the reels seductively, her red lipstick matching her hair, while the two men (one who looks remarkably like Antonio Banderas) look on admiringly. A gentle Spanish themed guitar and violin tune plays throughout, certainly adding to the romantic aspect of the game.
How to Play & Real Money Versions of Esmerelda
If you take away the roses and the admiring glances, this is something of a standard five reel slot, this game having 25 win lines. This number is changeable to any number between 1 and 25 and you can also choose the coin value (for both the demo game and real money game) – the combination of the two giving you the total stake for each spin.
To win you’ll need to land at least 3 consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, although the highest prizes are awarded for landing 5 in a row. The highest paying standard symbols are the two men, both worth 1,000 coins for five of a kind. The tambourine and the guitar both pay 875 coins, while the jewellery pays 700 coins for five. The playing card symbols from Jack to Ace complete these standard symbols.
The one symbol you’ll want to see more than any other on the reels is Esmerelda herself. She is the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. However, the most exciting aspect of this symbol is the fact that she can land you the Jackpot win. This can only be won if playing for at least a total bet size of €2 and if the maximum number of win lines are in play. This Jackpot is won if Esmerelda appears five times in a row on a win line. Even if these conditions are not met, you’ll still win a highly impressive 15,000 coins – 15x the size of any other win that can be achieved!
This slot certainly offers an unusual way to land the feature. Yes, there is a scatter symbol, this being represented by the rose, but in a break from the norm; the scatter is a stacked symbol. Being stacked, this scatter will regularly fill an entire reel or even more than one reel, so you’ll find a lot more scatters than you normally would – in fact, it’s possible that you could land the scatter in every position at the slot for the maximum of 15. 5 or more of these scatters anywhere on the reels will win you a cash prize, but land 8 or more and you’ll gain a minimum 15 free spins. This number rises the more scatters you land all the way up to 70 free games should you land the maximum 15. This certainly adds a level of excitement to the game, where you can win a much greater number of spins than elsewhere online.
This PlayTech slot will certainly appeal to all those who enjoy being lavished with roses and diamonds, making this a game that is most definitely pointed towards the female player of slots. That isn’t to say that only ladies should play the game however, as the gameplay is certainly original enough to appeal to everyone. Who wouldn’t want to win a nice, large Jackpot amount? The highlight of this game however is certainly the free spins feature and the fact that 70 spins is possible makes this part of the game alone worth playing.