New Online Slot Games: Cirque du Soleil Amaluna & Chili Chili Fire
Cirque du Soleil fan? Check out this new online slot game, Amaluna from SG Digital. Also muy caliente this week: the popular Chili Chili Fire from Konami.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna
This game from SG Digital is based on Cirque du Soleil’s 2012 hit show Amaluna, which itself is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The base game is five-by-four (five reels four symbols per reel), 40-line slot.
The game includes a primary-game bonus and three different bonus events won through a triggered wheel spin. During the primary game, any spin that does not trigger the wheel bonus may award the “Mystery Wild Feature.” This randomly transforms four to 10 positions on the wheel into wild symbols.
Three scattered “Bonus” symbols trigger the Wheel Bonus Feature. On spins where two of the bonus symbols land, the game has a random feature where a third symbol will appear after the spin, triggering the bonus wheel. The wheel spins to a cash award, a “Respin and Win” feature, one of two free games features or a pick bonus.
If the spin lands on the cash symbol, it triggers a second wheel spin, on the “Cash Wheel,” for an award ranging from five to 60 times the total bet. (The amounts on the wheel change according to the triggering wager.) If it lands on “Respin and Win, a cash prize of five to 125 times the total bet is awarded, and a feature-only bonus wheel spins to land on one of three other bonus events, “Moon Goddess Free Games,” “Meteor Wilds Free Games” or the “Pick Bonus Feature.”
Moon Goddess free games consist of seven free spins, with a special moon symbol that substitutes for all other symbols. It appears on the three middle reels. Each moon symbol randomly awards up to three additional free spins, an increase in the win multiplier up to 3X, or a cash award from five to 62.5 times the total bet. The multipliers combine in the free spins to increase to a potential maximum 10X.
Meteor Wilds award five free spins, with meteor symbols wild. Any wild meteor symbol stays in place for the remainder of the free spins. Between four and 12 meteor symbols are guaranteed to land on every free spin.
In the Pick Bonus 12 feathers appear on the screen, and the player picks to accumulate cash awards. With each pick, the player receives a “Level Up” or “Collect” message. Level Up increases a multiplier a random amount—up to 8X the total bet for the first level, up to 15X for the second, up to 30X for the third and up to 50X for Level 4. The first pick is guaranteed to reveal a Level Up.
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Cirque du Soleil Amaluna: Five-reel, 40-line slot; wild symbols, free-spin and picking bonus events
Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .25, .50, 1.00
Max Bet: 100
Payback Percentage: 96.78%
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50 percent
Top Jackpot: 10,000 credits
Chili Chili Fire
This game takes one of Konami’s most popular titles online. The base game is a five-reel slot available in line configurations ranging from 15 to 40 lines. The game reprises the male and female Mexican characters from the casino game in a colorful fiesta theme. The Mexican man, appearing on the middle three reels, is wild. The primary game features Konami’ trademark “Action Stacked Symbols,” which cluster symbols on two or more reels for large wins.
A primary game “Fade Away Feature” is triggered if card symbols A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 appear on the game screen. If this happens, the poker symbols disappear and are replaced with higher-paying picture symbols, and the win is re-evaluated.
Any three, four or five Chili symbols trigger 10, 12 or 25 free games, respectively. A new set of free spins can be triggered within the free games, and the Fade Away feature occurs frequently during the free spins.
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Chili Chili Fire: Five-reel, 15-40-line slot; wild symbols, free-spin bonus feature
Denomination: .01, .02, .05, .10, .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00
Max Bet: 50
Payback Percentage: 82%-96%
Hit Frequency: 39 percent
Top Jackpot: 2,000 times line bet
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- “Payback percentage”—also known as return to player or RTP—refers to the percentage of wagers that are returned to all players over the active life of a game. A 94 percent payback percentage does not mean you will get 94 percent of your money returned to you every time. It means there is a 6 percent house edge on the game. (Even a 100 percent payback doesn’t guarantee you’ll win—it means there’s no house edge. It’s like the flip of a coin.) Manufacturers offer operators a range of percentages, and it’s up to the operator to pick which to offer players.
- “Hit frequency” refers to the percentage of all spins that will result in a win of some kind. Remember that these wins can often be less than your bet. (If that happens too often, you should find another game!) Some manufacturers do not provide this statistic; in this case, we estimate based on the volatility of the game program
- “Volatility” refers to the manner in which wins are distributed on a slot machine. Low volatility means there will be lots of little hits, with wins of some kind very frequently (again, watch for too many wins less than your bet). High volatility means the hits are fewer and farther between, but there are many more huge wins—the kind that can turn a losing session into a winning session.
- “Ways to Win” refers to a game in which there are no paylines. In this style of game, adjacent like symbols on the screen register wins, and the number of spots on the entire reel set determines how many ways the player can possibly win on each spin.
- “Cost to cover” refers to the level of wager required to activate all the paylines on a screen. The good advice was always to wager enough to activate all the paylines, but these days, most games use this figure as a minimum bet. (Too many people were betting a penny on a penny game in the past.)