Shake your maracas and click your heels, it’s time to dance on down to the groovy, groovy beats and spin to your heart’s content on the luscious reels of IGT’s Day of the Dead slot machine.
Day of the Dead is one of the Multi-Way Xtra slot machines from IGT. It was first launched to online audiences in early May 2013, quickly finding its way into many of our featured casinos. Whilst the hexagonal reel arrangement and the 720 ways to win system offered by this game are not a new concept by any means, this slot does bring a high level of graphical excellence to the medium along with a set of sounds that are truly crazy.
The reel artwork on Day of the Dead is perfect for this kind of slot machine. It combines the classic casino cartoon style with Mexican motifs, creating a very colourful and exciting range of visual excitement. Symbols include two types of Mexican party scene that both come to life when you hit them in winning combinations, giving you a quick burst of skeletal dancing, then it’s back to your spinning ways. All of this grid based business is set in a beautiful background that’s modelled on a richly decorated table at the Day of the Dead celebration.
One of the places where Day of the Dead truly excels is in the audio department. We don’t know what’s happened to the IGT development team here, but they’ve really gone all out with their Mariarchi style music that plays all the way through the basic reel game. This really helps set the scene with its trumpets and guitars and there’s the occasionally bit of fill music that comes straight out of left-field to surprise you. This is one of the best games we’ve ever heard and we’ve got to tip our sombreros to the guys behind the noise on this title.
Day of the Dead uses IGT’s Multi-Way Xtra system in the base game. This is where you’ll not only get paid out for different combinations on the reels, but you’ll also get an additional multiplier for every permutation of the said combination you hit on a single spin. You’ll need to make a set 50 coin bet to activate this wager system. Wins run from left to right and right to left giving you an amazing 720 ways to win across the game’s hexagonal reel set. If you want more information on this innovative reel play system then check out our special Treasures of Troy review where we go into detail on how this system works.
The action on the Day of the Dead’s reels is supplemented with a couple of cool reel features. There’s the special stacks of wild symbols that can help you make up the big wins by complete large amounts of combinations in the base game. Strangely enough there’s also a floral skull scatter, which has the power to pay you a prize for a combination of three or more symbols in view anywhere on the grid, which seems like a shout back to the days of old school slots. Still all of this works incredibly well together to bring you a quality reel game.
Stop in five bonus symbols on subsequent reels to get yourself into the Day of the Dead bonus round. You’ll be pleased to know that these special symbols come in stacks on the reels and you’ll get eight free spins for every combination you hit. This means you can get a maximum of 96 free spins to take with you into this bonus round. As with many popular IGT titles you get to take your free spins on a special second set of reels that are even more packed with stacked wilds and bonus symbols, giving you chances for big combination wins and re-triggers galore.
Do I like Day of the Dead? You bet your life I do. This is a great slot machine that offers you tons of wins in its reels and you've got a huge chance of getting yourself into the bonus round with a whole host of free spins under your belt. The downside to all this action is that the pay-table is a bit meagre. This machine might give you 720 different ways to win, but how much can you grab with each winning combination. However there are big wins available, particularly in the feature round.
The only problem I've got with this game is that it's just another remake slot machine that really offers nothing that's really original or new under the hood. Long standing IGT fans will of course instantly recognise Day of the Dead as a re-skinning of the 2010 Las Vegas classic, Siberian Storm. There's nothing wrong with this of course, and there's obviously been a huge amount of attention paid to the art and reel game, it's just not the total home run that it should have been.
However, please give me Day of the Dead over Siberian Storm any day of the week. The production values on this machine are incredibly high, and I love the music, which is some of the best that I've heard on any slot. I love the animations and there are some huge wins available in the free spin round, where you get even more bonus symbols and stacked wilds on the reels. This superb IGT game takes the Multi-Way Xtra formula and gives it a much welcome facelift.