In an amusingly morbid twist, Play'n Go presents a Mariachi tribute of sorts where dead Mariachi players have been reanimated to play for you in the 5-reel and 20 fixed paylines Mexican flavoured slot Grim Muerto.
The graphics in this slot are extraordinarily designed from top to bottom. While poker symbols make up the entry level paying symbols, they quickly give way to the four dead Mariachi players where their drawings capture their unique characters, with instrument in-hand, moustaches and all! The guitar and roses wild symbol bloom with intensity and the additional special symbols include the book symbol with blue eyed skull, and skull candle with flaming eyes. The music and sound effects really give this game an added Mexican flavour and compliment the graphics nicely. The reels have the look of a shimmering golden wallpaper-like pattern, which upon closer examination reveals skull-like images. The game strikes a great balance between the theme of death and entertainment.
Host of supernatural features
The guitar and roses symbol acts as a wild and will substitute for any other symbol with the exception of the scatter symbol. The second chance feature is triggered with the appearance of two books anywhere on the spaces. Here you choose one of the four Mariachi players to reveal the award hidden behind him. If you are really lucky a scatter symbol may be revealed to trigger the free spin feature. Alternatively, you may also be able to unlock the free spin feature by successfully landing three books after a base game spin to unlock 10 free spins. Three candles will re-trigger the 10 free spins with 1 or 2 awarding you a corresponding 3 or 6 additional free spins. While the free spins mode is active one of the four Mariachi symbols, will become an extra wild and substitute for any other symbol with the exception of the scatter symbol.
During base play, one of the reels is randomly chosen for each spin and will appear highlighted with any guitar and roses wilds appearing on that reel expanding to encompass it fully. During the free spins games, between two and five reels are highlighted with both the guitar and roses wild and Mariachi extra wild expanding to cover the entire reel.
Blend of features to die for
The bets in Grim Muerto range from €0.20 to €100 on coins ranging in value from €0.01 to €1. The maximum number of coins that can be won is 1,000 coins per payline which is not one of the highest by any means. The game balances an amusing Mexican Mariachi theme with a zombie-like twist. The features are entertaining and I found that the free games feature could be triggered on occasion and it was during the free spins feature that the coins are more likely to pile up.