Mariachi is a cartoon style pokie, which was designed by Stake Logic. The theme which was picked for it is obviously based on the popular Mexican guitar singers known as Mariachi, but the design is quite clearly getting a bit of inspiration from the Wild West genre as well.
The reels are occupying most of the screen, so you don’t see much of the background. You can guess the image of the prairie there though, with a mule pulling a cart at the bottom.
As for the symbols that you get on those 5 reels, they’re showing you money bags filled with cash, the mariachi together, but also the same three guys are shown on their own in just as many regular symbols. The rest of the images are of wooden made poker cards and of the musical instruments which are used, meaning in this case a guitar, a trumpet and a violin. It’s a cartoon style design that I enjoyed a lot.
Stake Logic is a smaller developer, which is explainable through the fact that it’s actually part of another company, called Novomatic Interactive.
They are creators of 3D casino games, using HTML5 technology, so they’re using a modern approach to the pokies they put out. The company has employees in Netherlands and Malta. Their new games are all playable on multiple platforms, including tablets, mobile and desktops.
How To Play It
The pokie uses 40 active lines each round, so that part is not negotiable. You can use a different bet per line though, which includes the selection of 1 to 6 coins to use on each one. The coin value is up for debate as well, with the highest possible value being $0.20. The pokie will use at most 240 coins per spin, while the betting range will be from $0.40 to $48.
In Mariachi, you are playing on 5×4 reels, so the paylines have plenty of space to spread on. The betting system is somewhat unusual, but not more difficult to use than those from other pokies. I think that you’re getting a decent pokie here, with the regular interface that such games tend to offer.
The mariachis are shown in three different symbols, which have both regular and stacked versions. These symbols are capable of covering entire reels, and there are certain special payouts offered when this occurs. Each mariachi brings along a different fixed jackpot, if its symbols cover all five reels.
The wild symbol sports the appropriate logo, plus it’s the only one to have all the mariachi in one place. These wilds get to pay you, as much as 3,000 coins if they manage to form their own wins. Otherwise, you can have them as substitutes when combined with regular symbols.
To get into the free spins mode, where you can have 12, 18 or 24 rounds for free, you need the Money Bag scatter appearing between 3 and 5 times, on any position from the five reels. The poker cards are removed one by one during the free spins, so the reels get simpler in time and you keep getting better chances of landing bigger payouts.
A Lock and Spin bonus feature triggers when a stacked mariachi symbol covers the first reel completely. The symbols of that type from the rest of the reels are locked in place along with the first reel, while the other positions respin.
The really big payouts of the game are the fixed jackpots, obtained when a mariachi icon has all positions on the reels occupied. The best one can pay up to 150,000 coins, so up to $30,000 cash.
Stake Logic designed an impressive slot machine with Mariachi, especially the graphics and the three main characters, but the features were pretty good as well.