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Added by Yggdrasil. Information last updated: 01/03/2021
Game supplier: Yggdrasil
Max. win:bet x 600
Bonus game or special game
Expert's review Trystan Michielsen
Lucha Maniacs looks at the art of freestyle wrestling from Mexico, taking 4 of its characters and throwing them in the spotlight as they fight for fame and fortune!
The name Lucha Maniacs comes from Lucha Libre, which means freestyle wrestling in Mexican and is considered an important part of their culture. It is a form of professional wrestling where show and style count and it’s not so much a competitive sport.
Yggdrasil took the clever decision to take inspiration from this fascinating aspect of Mexican culture and turn it into an engaging slot. Released in 2018 the game follows 4 wrestlers as they fight each other and hopefully make it in the big city!
The slot used the classic 5-reel, 3-row playing field with 20 paylines to show us the action. Everything was beautifully drawn, with especially the characters having a lot of personality. As the game progressed we’re treated with a cinematic to see their rise to success! Here, the background changed from a poorly looking backyard to a clean and crowded stadium.
Luckily, the sound design was on par with the graphics. There was a pleasant Mexican tune playing as we fought the reels and playful jingles sounded when there was a winning payline. I would have expected to hear crowds cheer as this happens because of the setting but they omitted that.
All the art in the game was extremely well-drawn and the symbols were no exception. The game used card suits as the low-paying symbols which was a little disappointing but they were still drawn in such a way that they fit them. They looked like they were stitched onto the cloth, keeping with the low-budget setting of backyard wrestling.
The symbols are from highest to lowest:
The symbols were animated. While the card suits were pretty simple, the high-paying symbols with the characters showed a more elaborate reaction when they were part of a win.
The game had only a few features but it gave the game enough of a unique style to set itself apart. What also helped was that there was a lot of randomness in which features were activated during the game, especially the free spins mode.
The main features were:
These were the basic features you would play with during the game. However, when you entered the Free Spins mode you got to pick 4 random features which could include the following bonuses:
Finally, there was the occurrence where you got 2 Bonus Symbols on the base game. This lets you pick 1 of 4 cards, which could contain:
As you can tell that was quite a lot of features but luckily they’re mostly hidden behind random choices. You simply picked blindly when getting 2 Bonus Symbols or the Free Spins mode triggered and the game would apply the bonuses automatically.
I found it to be a nice way to create some randomness to the game, having each free spins mode play differently because of the different combination of features. I’d suggest you enable the Golden Bet feature as I noticed a marked difference between 3 and 4 choices, but it obviously comes at an extra cost per spin which is something to keep in mind.
Lucha Maniacs is a fun, light-hearted game that takes an interesting concept and turns it into an enjoyable game. It stays pretty close to the classic slot gameplay while injecting quite a lot of features that make every playthrough different.
If you’re the type of player that enjoys beautiful games that allow a lot of randomisation but don’t go too far from the classic slot experience, Lucha Maniacs is for you. There is plenty to see and do, and even after playing for several hours, I was surprised by the different combinations of features in the free spins mode.
Finally, the game offers the ability to pick a bet between £0.08 and £125 per spin. The game’s High Volatility gives rather impressive wins but also pretty spaced out which necessitates some care when placing bets. The max. win of 600x your win isn’t that impressive but considering the higher regular wins, it doesn’t have to be the goal.
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RTP (Return to Player):96.2%
Max. win:bet x 600
Win both ways:
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You can play Lucha Maniacs in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 18 other languages.
Lucha Maniacs supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD
Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.
When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.
Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.
Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.
A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.