On January 31, Slotmill, a fast-growing slots development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden, released its latest “Mexican-western” slot, Chilli Bandits, a slot focused on three chili peppers and their life as bandits and enhanced with new, exciting features such as Burst Mode and Fast Track, which ensure that the player has an unforgettable experience.
True to its title, the main theme of the game is chili pepper bandits. Background portraits somewhere far south of the Rio Grande on a cobblestone street in a quiet town. The soundtrack matches the old western style of the game and when the title of the game is displayed on the screen, players feel like they’re watching an old cowboy movie.
To win, players must form a matching combination of 3 to 5 symbols on the new, dynamic 5 reels and 3-4-4-4-3 row grid that offers 27 paylines. Since the game is equipped with a win-all-ways system, players have 576 winning ways, which are increased via some of the game’s features.
A combination of five-of-a-kind low-value symbols, aka 10-A symbols, is worth 0,9 to 1x a player’s bet, increasing to 1,5 to 3,5 x for five-of-a-kind high-value bonus symbols such as maracas, cactus, pistol, hot sauce bottle and a bag of coins.
The game’s volatility is in the high range, with an RTP of 96.11% and a maximum win of 15000x a player’s bet. The player’s paid spins can be gambled for 20 p/c up to 50 $/eur per spin and the game can be played on any device.
Regular Wild – throughout the game, players have one regular 1×1 Wild which is marked with a “W” and is a substitute for any regular paying symbol.
Chilli Wild Symbols – these Wilds can appear on the three middle reels and are located on the 4th row of the reels. They stretch to cover the entire reel if they appear partially in view and may appear in three forms, each with a different ability:
- Clint Heatwood – responsible for doubling the number of winning ways;
- Chilli the Kid – distributes up to 6 paying symbols and each one counts as 2 individually;
- Belle Pepper – changes up to 6 random symbols to the same symbol type.
Free Spins – since the Scatters are constant on reels 2, 3, and 4, landing 3 of them activates the feature and starts 8 free spins. However, if not enough of them appear on the reels to activate the feature, they transform into Wilds.
It also lands the Free Spins Wheel, pgiving players the chance to win up to 8 extra free spins. If the player gambles successfully, he will be rewarded with +4 free spins, but if he loses, he loses all free spins already won!
Throughout the round, the Chilli Multiplier is also active and is added to wins when Chilli Wilds are part of them. Each time a Chilli Wild appears, the Chilli Multipliers grow by +1 untill the end of the bonus round, meaning it does not reset.
Here, throughout the entire round on reels 1 and 5, is a +1 Spin symbol, which rewards players with an extra free spin when it appears.
Fast Track – if the player chooses to open the menu to purchase the Fast Track feature, it gives him uninterrupted access to Chill Bandits features. The features are:
- 2+ Bonus (RTP 96.22%) – 10X player’s bet buys a game round with at least 2 Bonus symbols;
- Chilli Wild (RTP 96.35%) – 40X of the player’s bet buys a game round with at least 1 Chilli Wild;
- Free Spins Bonus (RTP 96.48%) – 80X of the player’s bet buys the free spins bonus feature.
Burst Mode – this feature gives players the opportunity to choose the bet and number of spins and allows the winnings to be displayed on the screen. However, this feature can be deactivated even before players finish selecting the number of spins or canceled when the bonus is activated.
Commenting on the launch, Jamie Boyle, Product Manager at Slotmill said: “Slotmill is committed to providing the best gaming experience for its players and Chilli Bandits is no exception. The game is available now on both desktop and mobile and the math has been carefully mastered to offer players maximum excitement.“