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Jumpin’ Jalapenos Review
Simple, spicy and instantly recognizable. The jalapeno is a pepper that can make anyone jump with surprise. It’s a bold flavor that inspires bold colors, dynamic food and images of the Mexican desert.
A jalapeno is guaranteed to add some heat to a party, and the Konami slot developer knows it. The company takes this lively pepper and uses it repeatedly as a theme for Jumpin’ Jalapenos slot machine, their five-reel, three-row penny slot game.
Jumpin’ Jalapeno: Core Gameplay
Jumpin’ Jalapenos is a penny slot with 30 paylines and a payback rate of 96.04 percent RTP.
There aren’t too many options available to the player during gameplay. Only the betting amount is adjustable for gamblers who aren’t scared of a little spice.
The game displays the player’s balance in credits instead of currency, with the minimum bet at 30 credits for 30 lines. The maximum bet is 300 credits at 30 lines. If players want to view the betting amounts and their account balance in dollars, the must click the credit button.
The reels are clear, bright and colorful enough to be seen from a distance. The symbols consist of a standard card suit (aces, kings, queens, etc.), an angry red bull, an adobe house, deliciously oozing soft tacos, an intricate guitar, and a cactus standing in the desert. Bonus symbols include a pair of red jalapenos and a vibrant man in a sombrero.
The man in the sombrero acts as a Wild symbol. Match at least three symbols (or two symbols and a sombrero man) on a line starting from the left to right to earn a payout. Match five in a row for some of the biggest rewards reaching into the thousands.
The angry bull images earn the most credits with the adobe house following second. In general, however, the earnings are not mind-blowing. Even the largest winnings are unimpressive compared to other slot machines.
Jumpin’ Jalapenos also focuses more on visuals rather than sound effects or music.
In fact, there is no music at all during regular play. There are little jingles here and there when the player wins a small or moderate amount of credits, but none of the tunes match the Mexican desert theme.
A bigger win triggers a short clip of the classical song, Ode to Joy, which also fails to match or enhance the tone of the game.
Overall, Konami disappoints in their half-hearted effort to dedicate all aspects of Jumpin’ Jalapenos to its theme. It’s a shame considering how smooth and clear the graphics are.
Bonus: Free Game Feature
The bonus round is as simple as Jumpin’ Jalapenos itself: Players must match three Scatter symbols and a pair of jalapenos to trigger the free game feature. Players receive 12 free spins at the same amount they bet during regular play.
The Wild symbols play a crucial role during the game’s bonus round. Each time the reels stop on a man in a sombrero, the whole reel automatically nudges itself until the entire reel turns Wild. This increases the chances of earning thousands of credits from big wins and five-of-a-kind matches.
It’s a great joy whenever the rewards appear thanks to the game’s graphics. It celebrates each big win by displaying fireworks bursting on the screen as the sombrero man dances with maracas in celebration. And, of course, Ode to Joy trumpets triumphantly to boost the player’s enjoyment.
As another bonus, players can receive more free spins by matching the three pairs of jalapeños again. With enough luck, this bonus round can go on for a wonderfully long time.
The rest of the slots remain unchanged from regular play. Once the player runs out of free spins, the game goes back to its regular reels.
Jumpin’ Jalapenos is a simple slot game that doesn’t draw the player into a confusing bonus round. It offers clear and bright graphics, moderate earnings and few distractions from the reels.
Although Konami’s dedication to the game’s theme falls short in some places, a casino gamer looking for a standard penny slot machine will feel comfortable picking Jumpin’ Jalapenos to play on the side.