Free Spins: Yes
Wild symbol: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
Coin Values: 0.1 to 50 coins
Have you already visited the idyllic Mexican village where tacos are in abundance and everyone can enjoy them till they burst with pleasure? If you’ve played Taco Brothers by Elk Studios, you’ll have visited Santa Maria and met the three brothers fighting evil Captain Diaz for tacos and freedom. Now, Taco brothers are back to save Christmas while being chased by their old enemy. This 5-reel slot with 243 ways to win brings many familiar elements but also a few novelties. If you help the three brothers defeat their old enemy, you might be handsomely rewarded. And bringing tacos back is sure to make you the hero of this lovely Mexican village.
Game features no reel area as such. Instead, symbols sort of hang in mid-air, set against a winter scene in Santa Maria. You’ll be happy to see your old friends, cigar-loving Paso, guitar-playing Pepe and Pico who has a passion for dynamite. The Guitar, Cactus, Bottle and Lantern represent lower value icons. As it’s Christmas season, all of them are adequately decorated. Christmas Bell is the regular Wild which can stand in for any of the other icons except the Safe symbol and Taco Brothers Wild.
Each bet is 100 coins and you’ll get to stake between €0.1 and €50 per spin. You can also use one of the 3 betting strategies on offer. Jumper raises the bet after every winning round, while Booster does the same after a loss. Leveller increases your bet 2 levels after 5 consecutive losses. Holding down the Spin button opens Autoplay menu which offers a choice of 10 to 100 automatic spins.
There are two special symbols to watch out for as they trigger potentially rewarding features. One is Taco Brothers Wilds, which when appearing in duplicate awards a Re-spin. This is done to help you land 3 Safe symbols which will activate the Escape Free Spins bonus game. All wins during these Free Spins will be multiplied by x1, x2 or x3, depending on Multiplier revealed when a Safe explodes.
While spinning for free, brothers will drop one at a time on reel 5 and become Running Wilds. They will move one reel per spin, from right to left, replacing all other symbols except for Captain Diaz and Senorita. Fingers crossed that the Captain does not appear, because when he does, he’ll imprison running Wild brothers. Meanwhile, Senorita helps you all by pushing the Running Wilds back to the right. If the Running Wild brother shares her row, she’ll push him all the way back. Brothers on other rows will get pushed by one or two steps, depending how far away they are from the Senorita. She also has the keys she will use to release brothers who have been imprisoned. Bonus game will finish when all three brothers manage to escape or they all end up in jail.
Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is a fairly volatile game with an RTP of 96.4%. Paso is the most generous of the three, paying up to 400 coins. This is not the highest win you can achieve, obviously. Escape Free Spins bonus game can deliver significantly higher rewards, depending on how effective the Captain and Senorita are. Maximum amount you can collect is 150,000 coins or as much as €75,000.
If you’re fed up with Christmas-themed slots featuring Santa and the usual suspects, you’ll find this game refreshingly festive. There’s no doubt fans of the original will love the sequence too. It brings back everything you’ve loved about its predecessor and spices things up with a few additions. It’s also significantly more volatile than the first edition.
Available bet range starts low enough, with only €0.1 per spin, but probably doesn’t go high enough to satisfy high rollers. Escape bonus game is loads of fun and can reward very generously. Hopefully Captain Diaz will be otherwise engaged (stuffing himself with tacos, perhaps?) and the brothers will not get imprisoned too early. With the help of lovely Senorita, Free Spins could go on and on, giving a fantastic return on your single bet investment.