Wild Chapo: Slot Overview
Translated from Spanish, ‘chapo’ is a colloquial term meaning ‘shorty’. Perhaps the most famous chapo was Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, head of the Sinaloa Cartel and one of the world’s most powerful drug traffickers. The star of Wild Chapo from Relax Gaming, on the other hand, is a much more amiable fellow whose interest appears to be blowing things up with dynamite – under controlled conditions, of course. This is good news for those playing Wild Chapo, as explosions or flames indicate that features such as respins, expanding wilds, or free spins are about to drop.
It’s off to hot, sandy climes we turn to in Wild Chapo, where a 5-reel, 15-payline reel set is housed inside a wooden, sun-beaten structure in the middle of a dusty desert. Cacti shimmer in a heat haze, while rock formations in the distance, along with skulls, and old wagon wheels, hint at a ruggedly warm part of the world. A sultry soundtrack suggests Mexico, as does a bottle in the right-hand corner, which one hopes is tequila. Wild Chapo has the cartoon quality that Relax uses well to lighten the atmosphere, brimming with slick animations adding tension at just the right moments.
Wild Chapo’s explosive antics take place on any device, offering stakes ranging from 10 p/c to £/100 per spin. Unlike the predictable weather here, the math model is a highly volatile one producing notable wins under the right conditions. Due to the feature buy function, the RTP comes in two forms. First is the standard which everyone gets at 96.36%, then rising to 97% when the buy feature is engaged.
The game provides 8 pay symbols to work with, 4 being lower value card suits – diamonds, clubs, hearts, and spades designed in bright colour patterns. Higher value symbols consist of Chihuahuas, wise old owls wearing neckerchiefs, grumpy donkeys, and Chapo poised to light a stick of dynamite. Landing a combination of 5 premium symbols on a line is worth a payout of 10 to 25 times your stake. Explosive-looking wilds are worth a bit more at 40x the bet for a line of 5 when they appear in combinations. Wilds replace other pay symbols to complete line wins and sometimes land in 4×4 sized blocks.
Wild Chapo: Slot Features
Three features are on hand in Wild Chapo include respins, free spins, and expanding wilds. Expanding wilds are a base game only extra, triggered when a TNT crate symbol lands. When they do, crates explode upwards to create extra wild symbols on the respective reels.
The respin feature is triggered when exactly 2 bonus symbols land in the base game. These bonus symbols turn into sticky wilds, and a respin is awarded. If new wilds land, they also turn sticky and award another respin. Respins repeat until no new wild symbols land, creating repeat wins off sticky wilds in the process.
If 3 or more scatter symbols land, free spins are triggered – giving you 7, 9, or 11 free spins for 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols in view. Alternatively, players can trigger free spins by paying 60x the bet when hitting the bonus buy button.
When the feature starts, the triggering bonus symbols leave a small bomb overlay symbol on their position, which remains in place for the rest of the round. Whenever a bonus symbol lands, it leaves one of these bomb symbols on its position. When 3 or more scatter symbols land on the same spin, an additional +3 free spins are awarded.
On the final free spin, all positions displaying overlay bomb symbols are converted into wild symbols with a win multiplier corresponding to the number of bombs. Multipliers can be as high as 5x, and having more than one multiplier on the same win line multiplies their values.
Wild Chapo: Slot Verdict
Unlike slots which use more regular free spin rules, Wild Chapo’s bonus round isn’t one you usually watch a win total steadily climb before receiving the final result. Due to a relatively low number of paylines, bonus games generally hang on the final, and hopefully big spin. Not much tends to happen on the other free spins, at times absolutely nothing did. Their primary job is to facilitate the bomb symbol collection process.
This makes free spins nerve-racking in one of two ways. If you’re sitting through a bonus round that has only dropped a small number of extra bomb symbols, the final spin can be a real letdown. This is particularly so if you’ve paid for the bonus feature. On the flip side, when a bunch of bomb overlays gather on the reels, multipliers especially, a high level of anticipation mounts for the last spin. Then it’s a case of hoping the higher value symbols appear to fill in the gaps between wilds. Get it right, and wins as high as 10,000 times the stake are possible from what can often end up being an all or nothing bonus round. Scoring retriggers or multiplier wilds make a huge difference between a meh result and a top one.
It doesn’t buck as hard as some in Relax Gaming’s stable, but Wild Chapo can still be quite a rough ride. It might not be the best match for players who are unwilling to risk it all on what often boils down to one free spin. This dynamic can be pretty exciting though, so Wild Chapo’s bonus game style could well thrill others who like to go all in and see what happens on the last throw of the dice.
Wild Chapo is a well-made slot, ideal for players who like to condense all the thrills and nail-biting tension into one make or break final free spin.