As I write this week’s Best Bets feature, I bet many of you are thinking TGIF — and not just because it’s Friday, but more importantly, because it’s only one day away from Cinco de Mayo.
Of course, if you’re like most NJ online slot players, the sooner the fun starts the better. So how about right now? Get ready to smash some pinatas and win big playing one of the wildest and craziest slots ever — Spinata Grande!
Why Spinata Grande?
By some quirk of fate, this year Cinco de Mayo not only falls on a Saturday but the same day as the Derby. So if ever there was a weekend made to order for putting all your worries aside and having the time of your life, it’s this one.
That got me to thinking about what might be a great high return slot game to play on Cinco de Mayo weekend. I was looking for a game that could do double duty— first to set the festive mood for all the celebrating still to come and later, to keep the party going until the wee hours. It didn’t take me long to strike gold with Spinata Grande. The fact that the game has a return to player (RTP) of 96.8 percent is like the whipped cream and cherry on your double scoop dulce de leche sundae.
Spinata Grande can be played on either your desktop or mobile device. You will find it on all of the following NJ gambling websites:
- Betfair online casino
- Caesars online casino
- Golden Nugget online
- Virgin online casino
- Tropicana NJ
Spinata Grande is as much fun as a Mexican fiesta
If you have ever been to a party with colorful pinatas that you had to smash to get the candy or other surprise treats inside, you already have a sense of what a fun game this is. On the other hand, if you’ve never attended a Mexican fiesta and this is a new experience for you, it won’t take long before you go loco for this slot game, too.
The brightly colored Spinata Grande re-creates the spirit and pizzazz of a real Mexican fiesta on your computer or smartphone without your having to travel anywhere. Better yet, among the prizes you might walk away with are some that are much more lucrative than anything you can hope for at a pinata party.
Spinata Grande is a slot game from NetEnt with five reels, four rows, and 40 fixed paylines. The game was first released in March 2015.
The reels are set against the backdrop of a nondescript Mexican village. Cars and pedestrians pass by, and from time to time, there are fleeting images of village folk going about their daily chores. But if you look closely, there are also balloons in the air, which is a lot more in keeping with this game’s party theme, as is the lively music that plays when you win.
None of the above, however, is likely to distract you from the colorful reels where the main action is and your own task at hand, to try to get lots of colossal symbols and the potentially colossal wins that go with them.
Spinata Grande symbols
The highest paying symbols are the pinatas, or more accurately, “spinatas” created from pinata material. They come in four different shapes: fish, parrot, donkey, and bull.
The lower paying symbols in the game are the playing cards 10 through Ace.
Any of these symbols are capable of showing up anywhere on the reels as a colossal in 2×2 or 3×3 blocks, thereby contributing to bigger wins.
Another symbol, the key, is the colossal bonus symbol. This symbol triggers the Mini-Slot Game bonus round described below.
The game also has two wild symbols: a star pinata and a skull. However, they both only appear in the bonus feature, not in the base game. These wild symbols are always 3×3 colossal symbols. They substitute for all other symbols in the game except bonus symbols.
The fixed payouts in this game, even for the higher paying symbols, are on the low side. In fact, the highest payout you can get is only 300 coins for five bulls. The way to win big in this game is to get the colossal bonus symbol, which triggers the Mini Slot Game, and then to win the Free Spins round.
It may take a while before this happens, though, and in the meantime, if the wins are sporadic or minimal, your bankroll will take a dip.
Spinata Grande Mini-Slot Game bonus feature
If you’re lucky enough to have all or part of any colossal bonus symbols turn up on the reels, you know that’s only the start of more good things to come. Depending on how much of the colossal bonus symbol is visible, it will turn into three, six or nine mini-slots.
Each of these mini-slots will then spin once separately and reward you with one of the following three bonuses:
Bronze, silver, or gold coin
The coins pay out a cash prize (based on your bet size), as follows:
- Bronze: 20 coins
- Silver: 40 coins
- Gold: 80 coins
You get one extra spin for each Extra Spin symbol that appears.
Three Free Spins symbols will trigger five more free spins. If more than three of these symbols show up, you receive one additional free spin for each extra symbol.
In addition, whenever the Free Spins are triggered, the colossal symbols for all of the playing cards are removed from the reels and a colossal wild symbol is added. This can result in some very big wins.
Spinata Grande Bet Size
Spinata Grande has a minimum bet of 20 cents and a maximum bet of $200. That makes it a suitable choice for players at virtually any betting level. It has medium volatility and a far above average RTP of 96.8 percent.
Why Spinata Grande is all that and a bag of chips with salsa
Spinata Grande is a relatively simple slot. So it doesn’t have the bells and whistles and a myriad of special features you will find in some slots. However, it is not only a lot of fun to play, but innovative and exciting, and certainly different from any other slots you have played.
The graphics and sound quality are first rate, too. This is the type of slot game you can play for any length of time and never be bored. Also, because the RTP is so high, you don’t have to worry about the possibility of going broke.
Whether you’re a penny player, quarter player, medium roller, or high roller, Spinata Grande has a betting level that will suit you to a tee. There is no progressive jackpot to shoot for, but if you’re lucky, you can end your session with a very nice payday.
As with any slot game, there is some risk involved, and we can’t guarantee you’ll be a winner. However, for any player looking for a game that’s a bit quirky, yet thoroughly enjoyable, and also has one of the best RTPs of all the online slots in NJ, Spinata Grande is a great choice.