Day of the Dead: Slots to Die For

Day of the Dead: Slots to Die For
Published: mon 2 nov 2020 | Updated: tue 3 nov 2020
Public holidays come in all shapes and sizes, but few are quite as unique as Mexico’s annual Día de Los Muertos, or what we call the Day of the Dead. This is a special day (2 November, if you’re wondering) when families get together to celebrate the lives of those who have died, and the general belief is that the souls of the departed also come along to enjoy the festivities personally.

The Day of the Dead is a happy and colourful celebration, with flowers, lanterns and sugar skulls all being part of the tradition. While we don’t celebrate the lives of our ancestors in quite the same way here in Canada, there is no reason why we can’t give a nod of respect to our departed friends in our own way. If you’re looking for inspiration, why not start by playing one of the slot games detailed below, all of which fit in perfectly with the Day of the Dead theme…

Esqueleto Explosivo

Esqueleto Explosivo was released in 2014 by Thunderkick and takes place in a festival courtyard, where several altars have been set up for the spirits of the departed. Each of the five reels is populated by variously decorated skulls, and when you get a winning line, the skulls involved will explode to make room for new ones to drop down from above. Land a golden Esqueleto wild symbol on the reels, and it will promptly explode, taking out as many as eight skulls from its immediate vicinity.

Every time you pull off an explosion, either with a win or with an Esqueleto wild, you will increase an active multiplier that can reach a maximum of 32x. There is no free spins feature here, but it is so action-packed that you honestly don’t need one. That said, if you really want free spins, you should take a look at the sequel to this game, Esqueleto Explosivo 2, which gives you free spins and a Mucho Multiplier worth up to 64x.

Play Esqueleto Explosivo (and Esqueleto 2) at Rizk Casino.


Día de Los Muertos

This is a three-reel, three-row slot with five pay lines from Endorphina, and its simple format makes it ideal for those of you who would like to squeeze some Day of the Dead fun into even the busiest of schedules. Traditional Mexican guitar music plays throughout, at least until you stop spinning the wheels, at which point the game falls eerily silent...

The visuals in Día de Los Muertos are colourful and crisp, and the symbols on the reels include four pairs of beautifully decorated skulls (purple, red, green and gold), a mariachi musician wearing traditional skull makeup, an elegant (albeit equally dead-looking) female known as Catrina, and a sunset scatter.

Should the spirits bless you with three sunset scatters on the reels at the same time, you will enjoy a special Free Games round. Here you will get 20 free spins, and Catrino will be wild throughout.

Play Día de Los Muertos at Videoslots casino.

Beautiful Bones

Beautiful Bones is a five-reel slot which gives you 243 ways to win with every spin and features plenty of attractive individuals who have all painted their faces to look like rather intricately decorated skulls. Ornate versions of the playing card ranks of 9, 10, J, Q, K and A serve as the lower-paying symbols, while the higher paying symbols are various ladies and gentlemen modelling their cranial good looks.

Land three matching symbols horizontally or vertically, and you’ll trigger a free Spin Again feature in which the centre symbol will be wild. As if that wasn’t enough to rouse the dead, you will also collect sugar skull symbols as you play, and when you have collected ten or more symbols, you can opt to enter a Free Spins round straight away or continue collecting more skulls. You will win 10, 15 or 18 free spins with a 3x, 4x or 5x multiplier for collecting 10, 20 or 30 sugar skulls, respectively.

This is a very nice slot, with animated symbols and an uplifting soundtrack, so if you want to celebrate the Day of the Dead with some particularly good-looking characters, Beautiful Bones is well worth taking for a spin.

Play Beautiful Bones at Casimba Casino.

Happy Day of the Dead!

We don’t know if the Day of the Dead holiday will ever catch on properly in Canada, but you can certainly enjoy your own celebration while you wait to find out. Play the three slots highlighted, send a few thoughts of gratitude and appreciation to those who have departed, and they just might help you to win!
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