Back at the Hacienda
Jumpin’ Jalapeños has a rich culture to draw its inspiration from, and the game is taking all the classic and slightly stereotypical images that you may have of Mexican culture at once. The action is therefore taking place at the heart of a traditional hacienda, or estate, with beautiful red walls and blue decorations. The reels themselves, however, take up most of the screen space and hide the majority of the background, which we thought was a bit of a shame.
Add a few cacti to the mix and there you have Jumpin’ Jalapeños, your average Mexican slot game with decent graphics, but nothing really exceptional at first time. Let’s dig deeper and take a look at the basic gameplay in our next section.
Get Started Fast
Jumpin’ Jalapeños is based on 5 reels and 50 paylines in total, with a 4-5-5-5-4 uneven reel layout. Apart from looking a little different, this does not change much in terms of playability. Use the arrows in the red command bar under the reels to adjust you wager, from 0.25 to 125 credits, and activate the paylines that you want to bet on. You can play in regular or autoplay game mode to add a little extra spice.
Jumpin’ Jalapeños has a medium volatility and we were able to score very decent wins after a few spins only. The paytable contains card icons as well as tacos, guitars, bulls and more, with a maximum price tag of x250 when sticking to the base game. The card icons are still a little overwhelming on the reels, which can make scoring big wins a little more difficult if you are not willing to play big. To put the odds back in your favour, you will have to rely a little on the bonus features that we will introduce next.
A Little Touch of Spice
To make the best of Jumpin’ Jalapeños, you need to stay focused and keep an eye out for the psychedelic Mexican in a sombrero. This unique symbol is both the wild card of the game and the most valuable symbol of the entire paytable, with a nice x500 price tag attached to it – and it is not that rare on the reels at all.
The jalapeños that gave the game its name are big and spicy red chilis, which can only on reels 2, 3 and 4. Finding 3 of them on the same spin awards a x100 cash prize and 12 free spins to enjoy immediately. Given that the central reels and larger, the chances to trigger this cash prize is a little higher – but you will still have to keep the reels going for a while before you can enjoy the free games.
An Average Game with Average Features
On a very crowded market, Jumpin’ Jalapeños is very average and struggles to real stand out. The payouts are generous, but not exceptional, and you do have decent chances to win big – and yet there are no special bonus features available to really make the game unique and memorable.
If you are still hungry for some Mexican culture, try Viva Mexico from Roundstone instead and you will enjoy a more visually unique experience, with low variance and plenty of ways to win.