More Chilli is a heavily Mexican themed slot by Aristocrat Gaming available both online and in land-based casinos to play as a free slot and a real money machine. The game features several symbols synonymous to Mexico, including the Chihuahua, the red chilli pepper, the chilli cart, the sun and tequila. Goes without saying there are a number of pretty poor stereotypes and clichés in play here, the happy moustached Mexican man for instance takes the form of the Wild, to be fair the game promises a lot of spice and largely delivers.
What immediately sprung to mind on first play of this was WMS’ Jumpin Jalapenos slot as it also embraces the Mexican theme, which is not a common one in casino slots, certainly not in the way ancient Egypt or Greece is. More Chilli looks like it’s been based on the WMS/Konami title as a concept, however, the design team at Aristocrat have worked wonders on the graphics and animations, and have really stepped it up a notch, not NetEnt or Betsoft quality, but close. The sounds, on the other hand, are very typical of the Aristocrat brand although a poor soundtrack never hurt a number of popular Novomatic slots.
This is a medium variance 5x3 reel 25 pay-line slot with some popular features, including free spins and +5 Extra feature bet. More Chilli allows you to adjust the number of bet lines to play on which are grouped into seven bands of lines including the +5 Extra feature. The bet range is not a wide one for a modern online slot as the total bet only goes up to 60 credits though the 0.30 credit minimum bet at least caters to most bankrolls. RTP is pretty high at its max 96% but you only get that with the feature bet played, it drops dramatically without it (Hint: play the feature bet!).
Aristocrat have a sister title too in the form of the ‘More Hearts’ slot which is an exact clone but with differing theme. One thing to note about the game is that the game looks a little richer than it actually is. Although the symbol pay-outs are quite high all wins are multiplied by your bet per line not your total bet. A more cynical player might think Aristocrat are trying to make the game seem more rewarding.
You open up the games free spins feature with three or more of the dollar bag scatters anywhere on the reels. Once this feature has been triggered, if the +5 has been activated, 15 bonus spins are awarded, compared to 12 if it’s not turned on giving you yet another reason to play that feature bet. The free spins feature is unusual in that it immediately opens up 2 sets of reels and free games commence on both at the same time, giving you two free spins for the price of one. If that wasn’t enough, the more chilli you collect the more reels appear. It takes 14 chilli to trigger the max 4 sets of reels, this creates a situation where each free spin is effectively four free spins – one on each reel. With the arrival of the fourth reel comes further bonuses in the form of Wilds. Reels 4 and 5 on all sets unveil the Mexican Wild and if 30 chilli are collected, all sets of reels 3, 4 and 5 turn wild. I warn you, this feature is not easily triggered and I had to spin and wait a while until the magic happened, when it does though the game pays far more seriously than its theme might suggest.
Not only does the game live up to its word in terms of big pay-outs and free spins, it also has a traditional side gamble feature with the old guess a card or suit in play. It isn’t a bad thing to have for small wins but if you hit something big in the free spins feature my advice is to leave it well alone.
Overall, I think it’s a fairly decent game with a rare theme. It’s littered with wilds which won’t be triggered often, this builds up a sense of anticipation and excitement. Its selling point is definitely the free spins round which is different enough to offer genuine competition to slots with the same feature draw. Despite this, I don’t believe it’s a game for the high rollers with that low max bet, but I think a lot of people will enjoy spinning in the hopes of unlocking that quadruple reel action.