Jumpin’ Jalapenos Slot
This is not a new slot by any means – though it does share a feature which is now common in many of the newest live casino slots. This is a non-standard reel configuration. The reels are in a basic diamond shape, with the first and last reels having 4 symbols and the middle 3 reels having 5 symbols. There are 50 win-lines crossing these from left to right.
Mexico is the theme, and the clichés are all there on the reels! You’ll find a Mexican guy, complete with hat and mustache, a taco, cactus and an angry looking red bull on the reels. A lot of the symbols are the playing cards aces down to nine. These do not help with the overall dated look of the game. While the graphics are not up to modern standards, the game play is smooth and Jumpin’ Jalapenos does have a certain charm to it.
How to Win on Jumpin’ Jalapenos
Winning big on this game involves covering a lot of the reels in the same symbol – as the individual wins are on the smaller side. This is made possible by having stacked symbols on the reels, and by having a wild symbol (the Mexican guy) which is also stacked. Having the full 50 win-lines in play will take advantage of those wilds, making sure that combinations do not ‘miss’ the win-lines when they do drop in.
The biggest win comes from lining up 5 of the Mexican guy symbols; this is 20x your total bet. Since entire reels are often covered with this symbol, you’ll often find yourself hitting 5+ wins at once. The Mexican guy substitutes for all other symbols except for the Jalapeno pepper. The next best paying symbol is the angry red bull, which pays 10x your bet, with 8x for the house, 6x for the taco, 4x for the cactus and smaller amounts for the playing card symbols.
If you hit 3 of the Jalapeno peppers on the middle 3 reels (they only appear on the middle reels) then you will trigger the bonus game. This is 12 free spins with a twist in the form of expanding wilds. Each time you get one or more of the Mexican guy symbols on the reels during your free spins; this will expand to cover the entire reel. If you are lucky enough to get one of the guys on 3+ reels, there are suddenly a lot of winning combinations hitting at once! The outside frame of the reels turns red during this bonus – though the winning combinations and symbols on the reels do remain the same. You can retrigger the free spins with 3+ peppers during this part of the game.
How Jumpin’ Jalapenos from WMS Works
The white background to the reels, older looking graphics and even the rough way that the wild symbols expand during the free spins game all show that this is an older generation slot.
Before you spin you can configure the number of lines. These go down in 2’s, with 2 as the minimum and 50 as the maximum. You can change the value of your coin from 1c and up. These are the bets for every 2 lines, making the minimum spin amount just 25c for all 50 lines. The pay table will automatically react to your coin size, so when you look at it you will find the exact amount you would win for each bet.
This slot has an auto-play option, though this is not configurable – click once to start and once more to end.
Animations on the reels are basic (almost comical, in the case of the Mexican guy). These are mostly flashes or basic jerky movements. The computer generated clicks and beeps are straight from the WMS library – adding very little to the theme.
Overall Experience with Jumpin’ Jalapenos
There are two reasons that this slot is worth taking for a spin, despite the dated feel of the game-play and the graphics. The first of these is the unusual configuration of the reels, with the 4-5-5-5-4 looking like an early predecessor of the 3-4-5-4-3 used in some popular IGT games.
The second reason is the free spins game. Here the wild symbol expands to cover entire reels, and will sometimes cover more than one reel in a single spin. Combined with the stacked symbols of other types, this gives you the potential for hitting a lot of winning combinations at the same time.
This is an older slot, though it does still have its charms – check out Jumpin’ Jalapenos for yourself soon!