Swedish slots supremos Thunderkick has got form when it comes to creating smash hit Mexican-themed online slots, as any fan of Esqueleto Explosivo will no doubt testify. While that innovative title celebrated the Day of the Dead, the five reel, four row, 30 pay-line Luchadora Slot takes place firmly in the lands of the living. Albeit the lands of the fantastical world of Mexican wrestling. Arriba!

Gameplay

Luchadora’s four row, five reel design, makes it perfect for a bird’s-eye view of a wrestling ring. And so the action unfolds, with four wrestlers – El Pantera, El Serpiente, El Rayo and El Toro – forming our high symbols and four Chilli Peppers of various colours and kinds making up our low-paying symbols. Clearly these wrestlers munch some of these peppers to get them going before a bout. We will only ever see the eponymous underdog wrestler – La Luchadora – when we get to the royal rumble of the bonus game. During the base game, he is represented only by a Misterioso Campeon symbol, which still awards payouts though they are not as lucrative as La Luchadora brings.

In some sort of mad wrestling tag team formation, all symbols are stacked throughout. Our wrestling ring contains a yellow square in each corner. Should we land any of the four high-paying wrestlers in any of these corners, they – and all other matching symbols – transform into Wilds for that spin. All the while our game-play is accompanied by a shoulder-swaying Mexican lilt, perhaps performed by Enrico Mortis and his Mariachi band.

Bonuses

While a Mexican wrestler may deem escaping the ring with anything less than a broken limb a bonus, Luchadora offers us numerous ways of triggering the Lucha Bonus Game like a wrestler’s lexicon of moves.

Landing the Lucha Smackdown Bonus symbol during the base game grants either between 7-15 free spins or a bet multiplier ranging between 2x – 15x. Landing it during the Lucha Bonus Game delivers between 2-7 additional spins or between 2x – 15x bet multiplier.

We can also trigger the Lucha Bonus Game by landing three, four or five Lucha Bonus Scatters anywhere across the reels, launching 7, 11 or 15 free spins respectively. Landing any of our four Wrestlers in any of the ring corners sends those wrestlers Wild not just for that spin, but for the entirety of the bonus game. Only when we have activated all four Wilds will La Luchadora make an appearance, bringing his own version of Smackdown justice to our reels.

Summary

Luchadora is as breathless as any real wrestling bout. The game design is innovatively superb, delivering an evolving narrative amongst superb game-play. With numerous routes to the Lucha Bonus Game and the allure of La Luchadora himself, this is a true underdog story in which any player would be proud to play a part.