D10S Maradona: Slot Overview
In a sport filled with stars, one who shined brighter than most was Argentinian legend Diego Maradona. Regarded by many as one of the greatest footballers to ever grace the pitch, Maradona has even inspired what Wikipedia calls a 'sport-themed parody religion', hence the merging of Díos (God) and the shirt number 10 to create the word D10S. D10S Maradona celebrates various stages of the football star's career while mixing in a group of cash symbol collection variants with a helping of South American style.
Blueprint Gaming's extensive back catalogue already features several branded sports titles like World Darts Championship, Celtic Football Club, and Three Lions. D10S Maradona adds one more to the list and is visually quite striking. Its stylistic background art looks like a mural, or a scrapbook full of cut-out pictures, or a fan's bedroom wall plastered with Maradona posters. A swinging soundtrack completes the scene in what comes across as a real homage to the Argentine star.
The gaming side of the homaging occurs on a 5-reel, 3-row grid, which has 20 fixed paylines for hitting winning combinations along. With a medium/high volatile math model, D10S Maradona generates a theoretical return to player value of 95% and can be played on any device, accepting stakes of 20 p/c to £/€10 per paid spin. Where available, players may also be able to activate the D10S Bet, which increases the stake by 25%, double the bonus chance.
D10S Maradona has a Cash Collect focus, but regular line wins occur when matching symbols land across paylines on adjacent reels starting from the first reel. The first four pay tiles are J-A royals, while the four higher paying symbols are jerseys from some of the teams Maradona wore – Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, and the Argentina national side. Hit a winning line that includes five matching symbols awards 5x the bet when made up of royals, or 7.5-40x the bet for the jersey high pays. Argentina is further represented by the wild symbol, which is able to replace anything except scatters or cash symbols.
D10S Maradona: Slot Features
Cash symbols are one of D10S Maradona's main pillars and appear on all but the rightmost reel. These cash symbols land displaying cash values. When a collect symbol lands on reel five with one or more cash symbols also in view, it expands to cover the entire reel and triggers a Cash Collect feature, of which there are four types:
- Barcelona Maradona – collects any cash symbols in view.
- Boca Juniors Maradona – triggers a respin where the cash symbols and cash collect symbol are held in place. Any new cash symbols are held and trigger another respin. Respins continue until no new cash symbols hit, and then all of their values are collected.
- Napoli Maradona – collects all cash symbols in view, then awards a cash boost to the total winning amount.
- Argentina Maradona – collects all cash symbols in view, then applies a multiplier to the total of up to x5.
Scatters appear on reels 2, 3, or 4, and landing 3 at once triggers 10 free spins. During free spins, the Cash Collect features detailed above remain in play; plus, more cash symbols and collect symbols are active. What changes, though, is that every time a cash symbol hits, whether it is collected by a collect symbol or not, its value is added to a cash pot located above it on the respective reel. After 9 free spins, all cash symbols are upgraded by being given the cash pot value on their relevant reels. For the final D10S Super Spin, reel five displays a full reel Maradona symbol, and upgraded cash symbols may land on reels 1-4.
D10S Maradona: Slot Verdict
Naturally, fans of Maradona are the ones more likely to be enthralled by D10S Maradona, though there is something here for general football enthusiasts to enjoy. Perhaps not English football supporters who still haven't forgiven the infamous Hand of God event from the Argentina v England quarter-final at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. Since the referee was at a bad angle and video refereeing didn't exist, the goal stood. Maradona followed up, scoring again for Argentina in the game with what has been called the Goal of the Century, also worth watching for the passionate commentary by Victor Hugo Morales. From The Hand of God to the Goal of the Century, all in one game, little wonder he became a legend.
The Blueprint Gaming slot that bears his name isn't quite so legendary, but anyone with an interest in the footballer should be thrilled by the stylistic artwork and pulsating rhythms. On a mechanical level, D10S Maradona is pretty straightforward, revolving around scooping cash symbols with collect symbols – something Blueprint Gaming has solid expertise in via its Fishin' Frenzy-related slots. However, D10S Maradona does mix things up to a degree, depending on which Maradona collect symbol hits. Kind of clever how Blueprint Gaming has done that while tying it into the four different teams at the same time. Final D10S Spins can be fairly intense as well when nice totals have accrued in the cash pots. It never reached unforgettable levels during the review, but D10S Maradona's load screen touts wins of over 10,000x, so thrilling results are theoretically possible.
D10S Maradona makes great use of the star's imagery while connecting some of the teams Maradona played for with a different cash collect variant, piling sizeable winning potential on top. Add it all up, and you've got an entertaining way of remembering one of the most famous footballers of all time while squeezing in a spot of gambling.
Add it all up, and D10S Maradona is an entertaining way of remembering one of the most famous footballers of all time while squeezing in a spot of gambling.