At first glance, the Paco and the Popping Peppers video slot designed by Betsoft can disappoint, coming from such a renowned game developer. Its atmosphere is quite fun but hardly campares to the wonders of Rockstar, Heist or Enchanted, among other titles.
In this slot, the reels are entirely black and the items are quite sweet but nothing special as far as graphics go. Fortunately, its background is more of a success. And the lovely wee 3D tequila-downing Paco has some great expressions.
The main attraction of this game is not its visuals which are rather common. The main interest of this game lies rather in its game mechanics which we are going to detail here.
A general overview
With its 5 reels, the Paco and the Popping Peppers slot machine allows you to play on a maximum of 30 payment lines. It uses a rather usual Wild and quite a simple bonus game, but this video slot remains quite interesting because of its Tumbling Reels feature. Although this feature is becoming more and more common among slot machines, it is still as much fun.
Range of bets
During a game, you can bet up to 5 coins per acivated payment line. On top of this, these coins can be worth 0,02, 0,05, 0,10, 0,20 or 0,50 €/$/£. The range of available bets is very acceptable, with the smallest bet as low as 0,02 €/$/£ and a maximum bet of 75 €/$/£ per spin.
The Wild is a colourful llama-shaped piñata. It allows you to complete winning combinations by replacing any other symbol. On top of this, if you get 5 Wild on a single payment line, you get 500 coins.
If you obtain at least 3 huts on a single activated payment line, you trigger a fun-packed bonus game. You must guess whether the next card to be flipped will be higher or lower than the previous one. You are given 3 chances to be wrong. At the end of the game, the more often you have been right, the more coins you win.
In spite of the undeniable interest of this bonus game, the Tumbling Reels feature still remains the most attractive feature in the Paco and the Popping Peppers video slot. More and more common these days, it still remains fresh and fun to play. It appeared for the first time in WagerWorks' Da Vinci Diamonds and is now available in Netent games like Gonzo's Quest as well as in Microgaming games like Thunderstruck 2. As for Betsoft, they had already used it in a great slot machine entitled Gold Diggers.
After this short historical parenthesis, let's take a closer look at this Tumbling Reels feature. When you click on Spin, instead of setting the reels into motion, the items fall from the top of the screen. If you get a winning combination, the symbols used in it explode and leave their square empty for the item on top of them. You then obtain a new set of items which can also give you some winning combinations. If it so happens, the items will once again explode and be replaced. And so on. On top of the undeniable playful charm of this feature, another interest of this feature is that with each new explosion, you get a higher multiplier comprised between x1 and x10. But as soon as you spin again, you fall down to the lowest multiplier.
With its black reels and original symbols, Paco and the Popping Peppers could remain unnoticed among the impressive catalogue of breath-taking games Betsoft has on offer. It would be a shame though to miss out on this sweet slot machine, its fun bonus game and its amusing-as-ever Tumbling Reels feature.