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.