When Americans think of traveling overseas, one of the cheapest trips they can make is to go across the border to Mexico.
When Americans decide to head over to Mexico, it is always to have some fun in the sun and get into holiday mode. This is exactly what the new “South of the Border” slot game from Ainsworth is all about.
A trip to Mexico requires a trip through the desert, which serves as the background for this slot. Players will see the arid desert and cacti, along with a gorgeous sunset.
There are also indications of the Mexican setting with an animated mariachi playing some music.
The sounds are pretty generic though and that can be a little disappointing as it robs from the true Mexican experience.
As for the game, players have five reels and three rows to play with. There are also 25 fixed paylines. Wagers start with one dollar on each spin, while the maximum is 40 dollars. The game has a decent mix of symbols and the more valuable ones have a Mexican theme. The highest prize a player can get is around 150 times their stake. The game’s basic state is low volatility with a good amount of wins for players. The RTP is at around 96.5 percent.
The basics are nice but the real prize of the game is in the special features. This is where players score their big wins. This is done through the help of two special symbols. First, there is the Mariachi which is the Wild symbol. It substitutes for any symbol except the Scatter. This makes it much easier to win when it shows up.
As for the scatter, it is the Sun and the Sunflower Symbol. The Sun essentially gives players 100 times their stake when it is scored. But the Sunflower allows for access to the Mini, Minor, or Major jackpots. To get this, players need five or more Yellow Sunflowers in a single spin.
This triggers the jackpot round where players get four free spins. The initial Sunflowers are collected at the side. During the free spins, all Sunflower symbols will be collected. The goal of the free spins is to get 10 Sunflowers. Players who manage to do that will get the Grand Jackpot worth $30,000. Those who don’t score that many, get consolation prizes.
Overall, South of the Border looks pretty fun and deserves a spin or two!