Welcome to the Mexican fiesta that is Piñata Bucks, where the colors are vibrant and everybody’s spirits are high. As the name implies, a piñata takes center stage in this slot game, which is born of a collaboration between Incredible Technologies and Lightning Box and offers players a whopping 1,296 ways to win and a maximum payout of 109,750 x your bet.
The reels also have a refreshingly new layout style, seen only in a couple other slots like Astro Cat. So what do you say? Shall we whack this confetti donkey around for a little and see what falls out?
When you think of a piñata you think of bright colors, children’s parties, loud music and plenty of good times. Well, Piñata Bucks definitely offers two out of four, with vibrant colors and soundtrack that makes you want to get up and dance. It could also offer the possibility of a good time but that will depend on how well you fare when playing this slot.
The first thing you’ll notice after loading up the game is the unorthodox layout of the grid. It incorporates Lightning Box’s signature Reelfecta™, which essentially swaps the traditional third reel for a 4×4 grid with 16 symbols. This increases your win potential, offering 16 chances on 1 reel to be exact.
Across the reels are a series of cheerful symbols associated with Mexican culture like bottles of tequila, lizards, cactus plants, a female dancer, and a Mariachi guitarist. You’ll also catch the old A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 keeping company with the party brigade — but in fairness these have been designed up to blend in very nicely with the rest of the symbols.
The sunset horizon symbol is a Wild and it substitutes for all symbols except the piñata symbol (which is also the bonus symbol). The backdrop appears to be a vibrant Mexican Plaza, all cobbled streets and squat buildings under the baking sun. A good place for a little break I’d say.
Piñata Bucks - Gameplay
There’s only one special feature in Piñata Bucks, which makes the game sound boring even though it’s not. What it definitely does mean is that it will be easy for me to explain things to you guys. Here’s how you make money by virtually attacking a fake donkey.
Piñata Lock Spins
To really see some serious piñata action you’re going to need to land at least 6 of those bad boys across the reels. That feels like quite a tall order, and indeed it doesn’t happen every other spin, but it’s also far from impossible – you just might have to hang around for a bit. Once you’ve activated the feature your screen will transform into a smaller grid where you’re all set to commence your 5 free spins.
Your aim here is to land as many piñatas as possible. If the Piñatas land in clusters then they’ll combine for one locked mega symbol (a piñata made up of 4×4 squares can deliver jackpots of 500 x your bet). Once all bonus spins are complete, each piñata is broken (with a hefty wooden club) to reveal their cash prize.
Any mega symbols are broken into last to reveal a reel which will determine your big prize. It’s made up of credit amounts, 2 jackpots (minor and major) and 2 level progressive awards. Once all piñatas are broken, the credit amounts are combined into your total cash prize.
Piñata Bucks - Payouts and Wagering Limits
Players ready to have a bash at the piñata will have to line up their bets anywhere between 0.10 and 0.50. That’s a decent range, though not necessarily likely to satisfy the high rollers out there. Don’t be fooled by the happy go lucky theme, this slot is high volatility and you’ll definitely start to feel the heat a few spins in. It does pay out fairly frequently in the base game, but the big bucks come during the special feature.
You’ll sweat it out for a while before you land those 6 piñatas. It’s worth the wait though, because once you get there you’re almost guaranteed a tidy win that will cover your previous spend. At 109,750 x your bet sitting at the max, there’s a lot to hope for. During the Piñata Lock Spins feature you’ll also have a chance at the grand jackpot which will pay out at 500x your bet. This isn’t difficult to achieve as the piñatas land pretty heavily during the free spins.
Piñata Bucks - Final Verdict
So what was my first experience at a Mexican fiesta like? Overall I would say it was highly positive. On a surface level I enjoyed the theme, with its upbeat music and cheerful graphics. But what I really like is how simple and straightforward the game mechanics are. There’s a single special feature that’s both entertaining and easy to understand — more importantly it’s highly rewarding and worth the wait.
The only thing that threw me for a bit was the Reelfecta grid, but once I understood that it meant only good things for me, I was soon on board. Piñata Bucks does a brilliant job of a high volatility slot with maximum fun appeal. So whip up a bowl of guac and bring on the fiesta readers, you won’t regret it.
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