Slots OnlinePublished: thu 25 feb 2021
In case you hadn’t heard, 25 February is being celebrated as National Chili Day. That’s when all sincere fans of the hot and spicy dish give it the attention and reverence it deserves. Many will be cooking their own chilli to mark the occasion, but don’t despair if you lack the necessary culinary skills to do that. You can just as easily celebrate by playing our hand-picked selection of hot slots which fit the National Chili Day theme perfectly.
Extra Chilli Megaways
We’ll start by serving a big dish from Big Time Gaming. We’re talking about Extra Chilli Megaways, which gives you up to 117,649 ways to win a top prize of 20,000 times your bet. Symbols include the playing card ranks 9, 10, J, Q, K and A and four different chilli peppers, with the purple one being most valuable. A firework acts as a wild, and the letters H, O, and T are scatters.
Land a winning combination in this game, and the winning symbols will explode to make room for new ones. This means you can win several times with a single spin of the reels. That’s great in the main game, but it really comes into its own in the Free Spins feature.
That feature is triggered by getting the H, O, and T scatters on the reels at the same time. Additional scatters on the reels will award more free spins. And if you really can’t wait for Free Spins to be triggered in the usual way, you can buy the feature for 50 times your stake.
However, the Free Spins feature is triggered; it boasts an Unlimited Win Multiplier. Every time you land a winning combination, a multiplier value will increase by one, and your prize for that win will be multiplied accordingly. Because it’s possible to win several times with each spin, the multiplier can climb quickly. And with no limit on how high it can go, this slot can get hot, hot, hot!
Chili Quest is a five-reel slot from GameArt that was launched in 2019. It has a distinctly Mexican theme, so you can expect symbols to reflect that. Lower value symbols are the playing card ranks of J, Q, K and A, whilst higher value symbols include a glass of tequila, a pinata, a donkey and a traditional dancer. A sombrero-wearing skull is a wild, and a green cactus is a scatter.
As you’d expect, there are also lots of chilli peppers in play. These show with a cash value, and when you get six or more of them on the reels, you’ll trigger a Spicy Peppers Respin feature. This gives you three respins and holds the peppers in place so that you can try and get more of them. Every new pepper resets the respins to three, and if you manage to fill all of the reels with peppers, you’ll win a Mega Jackpot.
A Free Spins round is triggered by getting three scatters on the reels at the same time. Here you get six free spins with the middle three reels combining to show one giant symbol. Get a giant scatter, and the Free Spins will be retriggered. Even better, there is no limit on how many retriggers can take place!
Leander Games are next up to serve a bowlful of Chilli Con Carnage. This slot has impressive cartoon-style visuals and a great guitar-driven soundtrack to help set the mood. Higher value symbols here are four different peppers (gold is the hottest in this case) and a bottle of chilli sauce. A chilli sauce van is a bonus scatter, and a happy-looking chap in a sombrero serves as a wild.
What makes this game special is the fact that it has five different features in addition to the expected Free Spins:
Random Wilds are triggered at random and will add at least three wild symbols to the reels.
Stacked Wilds will randomly add one or more stacks of wild symbols to the reels before they come to rest. Stacks can be anything from two to six symbols tall.
Win Multiplier will spin a wheel showing various values, and the value it stops at will be applied to your win.
Symbol Upgrade will turn all royal playing card symbols, which are normally of a lower value, into higher-value chilli peppers for the next spin.
Bonus Chance Boost can randomly add a bonus scatter symbol to the reels to increase your chances of triggering Free Spins.
The main Free Spins game is triggered by getting three or more bonus scatter symbols on the reels. You’ll get 10 free spins, a permanent symbol upgrade, a chilli sauce bottle that you can fill to upgrade the lowest pepper symbol into a higher one and plenty more.
Our final offering from this spicy menu is Hot Chilli, which was developed by Pragmatic Play. This slot has a rather unique way of presenting itself because it looks like a simmering Asian cooking pot, as seen from above. The pot has nine areas, and when you ‘spin the reels’, a variety of symbols will float to the surface of the bubbling liquid below.
The symbols here are all items of food, including corn cob pieces, steak, prawns, red hot chilli peppers and more. The peppers are the most valuable symbols, and those are the ones that can help you to land a top prize of 888 times your stake. When you cook a winning combination, you’ll see chopsticks retrieve the items, which is a nice touch.
There are no special features in this game, and it probably isn’t what most people would associate with National Chili Day. That said, chilli peppers are central to its theme, and the simplicity of the game makes it ideal for playing when you’re out and about. Or in a restaurant. Whilst eating chilli!
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