It’s no bull – The Pamplona slot machine from IGT can pay you a real stampede of wins, setting it apart from the herd of average games out there…
- Manufactured by IGT
- Multi-Way Xtra win system gives you a chance to grab some big wins off the base-game
- Stacked jackpot symbols that pay for combos or two or more hold the key to the top prizes
- Excellent Spanish guitar sounds really help set the scene for the awesome action on the reels
- Free spin round gives you the chance to make it big in the special hyped bonus round
- Choice of multipliers and spins in the bonus allowing you to find your perfect game-play level
- Re-skinning of the awesome IGT slot machine Garden Party
Pamplona is an IGT slot that’s themed around bullfighting. Whilst this might not be the most politically correct of sports at the moment, we’re not to worried as this is just a video slot and no real animals were harmed at any point during it’s production – so that’s alright with us. As you know we’re big fans of the IGT slots so we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this new title to see what these Las Vegas development maestros have managed to conjure up in terms of new game-play mechanisms, artwork and sounds.
As with any slot machine, the first thing that hits you about Pamplona is the graphics and visuals. This machine is set in a background that looks very much like a bullfighting ring, although some may argue that it has more than a touch of the Colosseum at Rome about it – either way the stage is set for an epic scene. The reels are set in an ornate grid that’s touched up with elegant, curling decorations, much like the spears used by matadors in the bullring. Reel symbols are exactly what you’d expect on a game like this – full of bulls and flamenco fans together with a bunch of well crafted poker symbols to make up the numbers.
One thing we really love about the Pamplona slot machine is the cool Spanish inspired music that floats around the reels when you take a spin on this game. It’s full on Mariarchi style sonics that’ll have you jumping up to do a little bit of hot-stepping Flamenco dancing on your very own living room floor as you get into the spirit of the theme. The audio then accelerates when you find your way into the bonus round where the fingers of the Spanish guitarists catch on fire as the feature burns out the big wins. Fantastic noise that really works well with the bullfighting theme of this machine, setting a Summertime fiesta vibe that’s really fun.
The base game in Pamplona uses the good old Multi-Way Xtra system that you’ll probably have already encountered on other IGT slots such as Fire Opals and Star Trek: Against All Odds. However, if you haven’t played with this marvellous winning system then we’ll explain it for you briefly here. You’re paid out for any combination of consecutive symbols that read from left to right on the reels, and you’ll also get a multiplier for every single time the said combination appears. This might sound a little complex, and we have a fuller explanation of this system in the Treasures of Troy review, but trust us when we say if this system wasn’t easy and accessible then slot players simply wouldn’t put up with it.
In addition to the Multi-Way Xtra system you do get a bunch of special symbols to help you on your way to some wins on the reels of Pamplona. There’s a wild symbol that works in the normal fashion, helping you make those all important winning combinations, together with the bonus game scatter that grants access to the free spin round. In addition to this you get a whole bunch of stacked jackpot symbols that hold the key to hitting the big multiple combinations on the reels here.
The bonus game in Pamplona is activated when you hit three or more of the blue bull scatters anywhere in view on the reels. This takes you instantly to a second screen sub game where you get to choose an amount of free spins together with a multiplier. The bigger your free spin count, the smaller your multiplier and vice versa. The maximum limit is 30 spins with up to a 3x multiplier on each spin or if you want to go for death or glory you can try for 5 spins with up to a 20x multiplier on each spin. Beware here as each spin will have a different multiplier which will often not be as high as you hoped. We’re sure the Slots Prof has something to say about this in his game play guide below – but just don’t get caught out.
Slot Professor Says
Whilst other Multi-Way Xtra games have been copied several times – for every Treasures of Troy there's a White Orchid and a Crown of Egypt and for every Siberian Storm you've got a Day of The Dead and then some, there was one machine that featured this ways to win mechanism from IGT that stood on its own – Garden Party. That was until now, with Pamplona taking the formula from this Summertime slot machine and adding a little bit of a fiesta flavour into the mix.
I'm wondering why IGT are suddenly going for all these Hispanic themes on their machines? First we saw Day of the Dead with it's Mexican influence and now Pamplona is coming at you full of matadors and Spanish bullfighting, making me wonder if there's some new market that they're set on getting into. Whilst I don't really care too much for the theme of any machine that's been endlessly re-skinned as for me this makes both the original and the remake a little less special, I can't help but think that they're up to something. Still, with the exception of High Five Games, this does represent yet another foray into the world of online slots that's very short on originality. I don't know if you're feeling the same way as I am about this, but I would love to see IGT release a game that's up there with the likes of Cleopatra or Rainbow Riches.
What do I like about Pamplona? Well I've not quite finished with what I don't like about it – I believe that the graphics on Garden Party are better, although the sound on Pamplona is quite addictive. Saying all this the base game is good, the bonus round is quite exciting once you've got your head round the fact that you're only getting a multiplier that could be as much as 'x' times your normal payout. I prefer to always go for the middle to high amount of spins at the lower multipliers as this seems to payout the best range of prizes.
Despite all my sabre rattling Pamplona is a very good slot machine, especially when you compare it to the many Cryptologic and RTG titles that are still doing the rounds. The sound is great, the look is both colourful and visually appealing and the wins are there to definitely be won. I guess the thing is that I've been a champion of IGT slots for so long now I'm just expecting them to be a bit better than their slots were a few years ago and perhaps, just perhaps we're seeing a noticeable decline in quality based on their own high standards.