Book of Muertitos: Slot Overview
From Spanish to English, Book of Muertitos translates to Book of Dead, but this ‘book of’ slot is a far cry from the Play’n GO classic in many respects. Spearhead Studios has a bunch of these types of games in their lineup, yet none are as potent as Book of Muertitos. In fact, not many ‘book’ slots come close to what Book of Muertitos offers in terms of volatility and big win potential. Most of the time, it’s hard to tell the difference in gameplay between Book of Muertitos and any number of similarly styled slots. But, hit the right symbols during free spins, and the game performs like few others are capable of.
If you’ve played your fair share of slots, you’ll probably be pretty familiar with the Mexican Day of the Dead, also known as Día de los Muertos. Held on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov 1-2), Day of the Dead is when families get together to remember those who have passed away. Rather than mourning, it’s a festival of colour, life, music, and celebration. As such, despite dealing in death, the occasion is a joyful one rather than sad, so the boisterous imagery and music lend themselves well to slots.
For the most part, Book of Muertitos follows a standard formula, so players get a 5-reel, 3-row grid, providing 10 fixed paylines to win on. The game is located in a picturesque Mexican cemetery, which might have been a downer if Spearhead hadn’t imbued so much colour into it via symbols and effects, or used such upbeat music, to elevate the mood. The graveyard gets even more festive when free spins trigger, then lights and decorations come out to liven the spot further. For a ‘book of’ slot, its unique presentation creates intrigue to see what else Book of Muertitos might have up its sleeve.
Offering bets between 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, big rewards don’t come easily here. With Book of Muertitos being highly volatile in combination with a massive 27,000x top prize, normal line wins are relatively low compared to gold standards like Book of Dead. It means that the base game and even expanding symbols are limited by comparison – unless you can unlock Book of Muertitos’ secret weapon, revealed below.
Regular wins occur left to right from the first reel and require at least three low pays or two high pays. The lows consist of 10-A card royals covered in Día de los Muertos patterns, while highs are four characters named Pedro Mora, Sarita Esmeralda, Rodrigo Marino, and Rosario Escarlata. Hit a five of a kind premium win to collect 25 to 100 times your stake – totals that can get blown out of proportion in free spins.
Book of Muertitos: Slot Features
As ever, the goal of Book of Muertitos is triggering free spins where special expanding symbols come into play. Fortunately, there is a twist, so all the effort poured into creating a unique Day of the Dead themed ‘book’ slot has not been in vain.
It all starts with the book symbol, which lands on any reel and is both wild – replacing any other symbol to complete lines – as well as being the scatter. Landing at least 3 book symbols awards 10 free spins, which cannot be retriggered.
Before the bonus game begins, one pay symbol is randomly selected to be the special expanding symbol. After any normal wins are paid, if the chosen symbol can form a win, they expand to cover all positions on their respective reels. They then pay all lines and from any position.
Where the twist comes in is when book symbols land during free spins. When they do, they also expand to cover the whole reel to substitute for the special symbol. In addition, each expanded book symbol reveals a multiplier of x1, x2, or x3. If more than one expanded wild is active, their values are multiplied up to a maximum of x27.
On a final point, if there are 2 top-paying Rosario Escarlata symbols in view at the same time as three reels containing scatter wilds, then the wild multiplier always equals x3.
Book of Muertitos: Slot Verdict
It’s a little ironic that a slot based around the Day of the Dead has injected a healthy dose of life into the bloated ‘book of’ genre. Book of Muertitos has a great look, and the handling of the Mexican celebration has been well done, incorporating neat touches throughout the UI, animated symbols, and the atmospheric cemetery setting. Book of Muertitos immediately makes itself stand out before even getting to the new features.
Expanding wild multipliers in a ‘book’ game was always going to be a tempting proposal, but there are trade-offs. It does come down to whether enthusiasts are willing to forgo higher symbol values found elsewhere for lower ones, yet with the opportunity of bagging a multiplier or two. Gone are the instant five premium expanding symbols for a 5,000x payout. On their own, the most you can squeeze from Book of Muertitos using 5 expanded Rosario Escarlatas is 1,000x. However, the inclusion of multiplying expanded wilds completely upends that situation, to the point where a full screen of Rosarios and wilds is worth up to 27,000x the bet on a single spin. With the exception of Book of Shadows, few competitors can compete with those numbers.
There’s a lot going on in Book of Muertitos for fans of these games to get stuck into. The game makes no bones about being highly volatile, so miracles don’t always happen. However, hit Book of Muertitos on a good day, and expanding multiplier book wilds in free spins are just as thrilling as you’d hope they’d be.
The obligatory twist ends up giving Book of Muertitos the sort of max win numbers to propel it straight into the big leagues.