Chilli Picante Megaways™ is a brand-new video slot by Blueprint Gaming that celebrates plenty of Mexican elements. It’s pretty to look at, fun to play, and has decent bonus features – and yet, it kind of falls short of Blueprint’s other titles… Read on to find out why.
Released in March 2022 by Blueprint Gaming, the Chilli Picante Megaways™ video slot’s theme is basically a Mexican fiesta in the middle of the Central American desert, with the symbols including calaveras, mariachi, tequila bottles, and plenty of chillies.
If the theme sounds familiar, it’s because it’s one that’s been used and recycled by plenty of other developers. In fact, that’s one of the biggest problems with this game: it offers very little in the way of new and exciting elements, be it graphics, themes, or indeed features – though it must be said that the soundtrack is bang on!
Nevertheless, we’re sure some people will enjoy the simple paytable and decent bonuses, that include free spins, multipliers, and a Chilli Hot Cashpot that can give you up to 1,000x your stake in the base game.
All this takes place on a grid made up of six reels that can accommodate up to seven symbols each. As is traditional in the Big Time Gaming-developed Megaways™ mechanic, when the grid is full, you get 117,649 ways to win.
The game RTP is a respectable 95.55%, its volatility is medium-to-high, and its max win is a whopping 50,000x your stake.
Graphics & Sounds: 75%
Bonus Features: 75%
Overall score: 71%
Nevertheless, what it does have is really good, and we take a look at each feature in more detail below.
One of the first things you’ll notice upon opening the game is the chilli-o-metre to the left of the grid. This has seven levels, with the numbers three to nine next to a Ghost Chilli symbol.
What this shows is the sum you could win if you managed to land three to nine Ghost Chilli symbols on the reels at the same time. The sum is calculated as 1x, 5x, 10x, 40x, 100x, 250x, and 1,000x your stake, depending on how many such symbols you land.
Landing three, four, five, or six Golden Chilli symbols during the base game will award you 10, 15, 20, or 25 Flaming Hot Free Spins, respectively.
During this feature, the Chilli Hot Cashpot continues to work its magic, but there is something else you should look out for: the Mariachi Player Wild.
The Wild symbol is only available in the Free Spins feature and comes with two functions:
The Free Spins in Chilli Picante Megaways™ don’t land often, but you can get in on the action earlier… albeit at a price. Set at 100x your stake, the Bonus Buy feature basically guarantees a minimum of 10 free spins with all the bonus features.
Do note that due to a UKGC regulation, this sort of feature cannot be found at UK casinos that stock the game.
The Chilli Picante Megaways™ RTP stands at 95.55%, which is below average for Megaways™ slots. This is coupled with medium-to-high volatility, which means you can expect more frequent but smaller wins throughout your gameplay.
The max win is 50,000x your stake capped at €/£/$250,000. This is standard for Blueprint, and it can only be achieved if you’re very lucky during the Free Spins feature.
One of the best things about this game is its betting range, which starts at just €/£/$0.10 and goes all the way up to €/£/$100 – with 23 options in between! Undoubtedly, this makes this game both one of the best low-stake Megaways™ slots and one of the best high-roller ones, too!
The game is set in a dusty rural village located somewhere in Mexico, possibly the Chihuahuan desert. The setting is just as you’d expect it, with swaying cacti, bundles of chillies hanging from wooden beams, and strewn sombreros.
This theme permeates every element of the game, from the pretty and colourful symbols, down to the awesome soundtrack that changes according to whatever is happening: we particularly love it when, after landing two Golden Chillies, the famous El Jarabe Tapatio plays as the final reel spins.
Having said that, it’s hard not to point out the obvious, which is that the Chilli Picante Megaways™ slot feels a lot like many other games by other developers. We’re thinking Extra Chilli Megaways™ by Big Time Gaming and Chilli Heat Megaways™ by Pragmatic Play, among others. Even the Chilli Hot Cashpot feature is something we’ve seen before in the likes of the 9 Masks of Fire video slot by Microgaming and Gameburger Studios.
Whether all this is meant to be an ode to these forebears or is plain out copying we don’t know. What we’re sure of is that in this area, this Blueprint Gaming title leaves a lot to be desired – even the graphics aren’t as amazing as those in some other games it’s created before.
Of course, using this slot is as easy as you’d expect it to be.
As in practically all other slots, the lowest-paying symbols in Chilli Picante Megaways™ are the card suit symbols. These are namely the 10, J, Q, K, and A. The first three pay 0.1x for lining up three of a kind, and 1x-your-stake for lining up six. The K and A, meanwhile, pay 0.2x for three, and 2x for six.
These are then followed by the Mexican Musical Instruments, Piñata, Calavera (skull), and Tequila Bottle symbols, which pay higher amounts, respectively. This ranges from 1x your stake for three musical instruments or piñatas, all the way up to 25x for six tequila bottles.
Then there are the two chilli symbols, namely the Flaming Red Chilli and the Ghost Chilli. These are interchangeable in a winning combination made up of three to six such symbols, but the Ghost Chilli is also used for the Chilli Hot Cashpot.
Meanwhile, there are two special symbols in this game. The Golden Chilli Bonus symbol is the Scatter, and you’ll need to land at least three of these to get your hands on the Free Spins feature. The Mariachi Player Wild, meanwhile, is available only during the free spins and can act both as a multiplier and a way of getting more free spins.
Like practically all the titles in our Megaways™ catalogue, Chilli Picante Megaways™ was created using HTML5. This means that it will work well on any smart mobile device no matter what operating system it uses, be it iOS, Android, or Windows.
To play this game, simply access one of the casinos in our Top Table List above from your device’s browser, or else check out our best Megaways™ mobile apps article.
Are you ready to head to the Mexican desert for a fiesta? Here’s how easy it is to play this game.
Step 1: Head to one of our legal and licensed casinos in our Top Table List above.
Step 2: Sign up to play for real money, and don’t forget to claim your bonus if you wish to do so.
Step 3: Go to the Chilli Picante Megaways™ page and load the game – this should work well on both desktop and mobile devices.
Step 4: Select your stake per bet through the Coin widget and press the Spin button.
Tip: If you don’t feel like manually pressing the Spin button every couple of seconds, the game has a great auto-play feature. To set it up, choose your stake per spin and click on the Auto-spin button. Once there, select the number of auto spins, limit loss, and single-win limit. The Autoplay feature is automatically disabled upon a jackpot win.
There’s not much to hate about this game – but, then again, there’s not much to love about it either. And that’s what we realised while working on our Chilli Picante Megaways™ review: Blueprint Gaming have played it really safe this time round, and that certainly loses it some points. Even so, we’re sure the simple paytable and familiar feel will make some people fall in love with this game. So why not check out our free demo further up?
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||117,649 Megaways™|
|Number of ways||Up to 117,649|
|Number of ways||470,596|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Volatility||Medium to High|
|Number of ways||117,649|
|Number of ways||15,625|
|Number of ways||Unlimited|
|Provider||Big Time Gaming|
|Number of ways||N/A|
This game’s RTP is 95.55%, which is just below average for Megaways™.
The Chilli Picante Megaways™ slot made its debut at the end of March 2022.
The max win is 50,000x your stake capped at €/£/$250,000. This is pretty standard for Blueprint Gaming.
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