Day of the Dead Basic Information:
There are certain things which you should do if you are attacked by the living dead. Get to a safe location. Barricade this location. Find weapons. Avoid thoughts that feel a little bit cannibally. Survival is the name of the game, after all. What you probably shouldn't do in the event of a zombie attack is stop to play pokies. Even if you do win the chances that a zombified clerk will actually give you the payout you deserve is slim, at best. Is Day of the Dead worth risking a bite for, or is this pokie more of a case of the reviewer confusing a Mexican holiday with the zombie genre? Keep reading our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of May, 2013.
The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.
Day of the Dead comes with a total of 720 paylines over 5 reels in a 3-4-5-4-3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 50.0
- The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
- Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
- Maximum coins size sits at 20.0
- The return to player offered by this game is 93.715% which is lower than average
By clicking on the main menu button towards the top-right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with six different options. These are as follows:
- Sound Effects
When toggles this option determines whether sound effects will play in the game.
- Dealer Voice
When toggled this option determines whether the occasional Day of the Dead voice over will comment.
- Ambient Sound
This option toggles ambient noises when clicked.
- High Quality Graphics
This option toggles the best looking graphics when it is clicked. This is an important feature which is often overlooked. Users on older or less powerful devices might want to disable this.
- Full Animations
Acts as the quickspin option of this game. When it is toggles off there is less time spent waiting around for the reels and other animations to play out.
- Fit To Window
This option changes the overall shape of the main game screen to best fit whatever frame it is located in.
These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:
Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.
- Coin Value
This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.
The button used to spin the reels.
- Auto Spin
The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.
- Graphics Quality Spanner Button
This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.
Day of the dead, at least as the inspiration for this pokie, comes from the Mexican holiday known as Dia de Muertos. This holiday is very popular in both Mexico and the United States, and comes with a focus on remembering those who have passed, and supporting their spiritual journey.
This holiday can trace its origins back to indigenous customs dating back hundreds of years, to Aztec festivals dedicated to the goddess Mictecacuhuatl. This name is both difficult to type out, and translates to Lady of the Dead. Probably not the best woman to mess with. If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned then I shudder to think of the carnage a scorned goddess of death might inflict.
Perhaps the most well known part of the Day of the Dead are the costumes and decorations. These combine interpretations of death alongside bright outfits and colour in such a way that many of us wouldn't have believed could fit so well together, had we not seen it.
Other Features and Bonuses
As is common with IGT games of the time, this pokie comes with the Multiway Xtra Wins Feature. With this feature extra payouts are given when the same symbol appears in any other positions in adjacent columns. Having the same symbol in the same columns multiplies this win.
The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of the above icon. These can appear on reels 2,3 and 4 only, and can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter and the bonus.
The scatter symbol in Day of the Dead comes in the form of the above icon. These give out payments in the following quantities:
- 3 scatter symbols give a 2x multiplier when gathered
- 4 scatter symbols give a 10x multiplier when gathered
- 5 scatter symbols give a 50x multiplier when gathered
These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.
The free spins bonus symbol in Day of the Dead comes in the form of the above skull icon. When the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 of these on 5 consecutive reels the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.
The free spins bonus game in Day of the Dead is won when the player manages to gain a minimum of 5 consecutive bonus symbol within the main game. When this occurs the player will be given a total of 8 free spins. If more than one combination per spin awards free spins, the sum of spins for all winning combinations is awarded at once, earning up to 96 spins.
When within this game the player is able to trigger additional free spins in the situation where they gain 5 additional bonus symbols over 5 consecutive reels. In this situation the player will be given an additional 8 free spins. The free spins will end when the free spins counter reaches 0, or when the player has managed to complete 240 free spins.
The quantity used as a bet for these games is the same amount which was bet during the round in which these free games were activated.
While the look of the reels and the symbols will change when within this bonus game the only rules which will change are the ones which are listed above.
How to Play:
Basic play for Day of the Dead is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
Day of the Dead ran a big risk in choosing such a colourful scheme as its base. As it turns out, this was a challenge which the people over at IGT had no problem meeting. This game contains an enormous amount of colour and character, all of which is heavily influenced by real decorative structures. This means bright colours, pinks and blues, along side various skulls and skeletons which all appear to be having the time of their unlives. There was a lot of room to go wrong here, but IGT was not about to let that happen. Great work in this department.
When it comes to usability, Day of Dead does very well. Here the only real problem from which it suffers are the problems which are common to IGT created games. This is, in short, the lack of autoplay features. While the game itself does offer autoplay, without any sort of auto-stop rules this is a system which will be near unusable to some players. Everything other than this one issue, however, appears very well done. Speed, responsiveness and reliability are all factors which perform excellently here, with no issues at all showing themselves during our testing process.
Where to find it:
IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Day of the Dead there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A great looking game, and one with a solid little bonus structure. This is a game which we can recommend openly to both new and intermediate players, and those who are interested in the theme. It is worth noting that the lack of autoplay options, combined with the relatively low RTP might make this game no so much of a choice for veteran pokie players, or those who take pokie very seriously. That said, if these don't bother you then you really should take a look into this game, if for nothing more than the spectacle.
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