Spinata Grande Basic Information:
Pokie games tend to follow certain themes in order to appeal to their players. This often involves reminding the players of the origins of the game by including similar items to what you see in casinos. This means a lot of pokies based around chips and poker, but over time these became dated and a little bit cliche. Instead, developers started to branch out, making games that were less and less related to the initial concept. What a few designers have done, and what NetEnt have done here, is to appeal to another culture in a way which brings about similar feelings to what people feel in a casino. Dropping coins? Dropping candy! Both sound pretty good to me. Is the game itself worth checking out? Keep reading to find out!
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Spinata Grande is no exception. This game was released on the 23rd of March, 2015.
The NetEnt 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 NetEnt.
Spinata Grande comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 100
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.0
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just over 96.8%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. The menu is split into five sections. These are listed below.
There are three separate options listed when this section is opened. Quickspin allows the player to speed up the spinning of the reels. This means more time playing and less time waiting around. The second is the Intro Screen option. This enables or disables the intro screen playing the next time the game is opened.
This section comes with a total of two different options. This allows the player to individually mute different sources of sound. This includes ambient sound and sound effects.
As this is one of the more graphically intense games out there the player if offered a total of three different option. These are High, Medium and Low. Users on older or less powerful hardware should use the lower settings to ensure a smoother playing experience. Also note that if a game crashes on a big payout the win is forfeit, which is something which can happen more often when the setting are too high.
The one option here enables the spacebar to spin the reels when enabled.
This option allows the player to disable the intro movie for the next time the game is started.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 ,75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Spinata Grande also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
As you can tell from a quick look at the main game screen of this pokie, the theme here is pinatas. While this is most often seen today as a Mexican tradition, it actually has its basis in Europe. It was the Spanish who first brought the idea to the new world, where it now stands as a mainstay among Mexican and some other Latin American cultures.
A pinata itself is usually made of papier-mâché, and is filled with candy or toys. While originally having some involvement with the religions in the region, this has been largely abandoned. Today, pinatas are used in celebrations. Modern uses usually involve filling them up, hanging them up, and then breaking them apart. As this usually involves a blindfold and a bashing stick this can be hilarious. There are some things that the internet has shown us are unexpectedly dangerous. Smacking pinatas is apparently one of those things.
The general idea of these being items which drop prizes fits well, this being similar to the idea of pokie machines.
Other Features and Bonuses
Colossal Symbols are the first of the interesting features of this game. These will appear when a block of 2×2 or 3×3 symbols are matching. These will turn into a larger version of these symbols. This can occur for all symbols, though when in the free spins game only the bonus, wild and animal spinata symbols can become colossal.
The Colossal Bonus symbol in this game appears as a pokie machine wearing the world's worst disguise. After this settles it then changes into 3,6 or 9 individual slot machines. This is also where the free-spin symbols can appear.
These free spin symbols appear as a colourful pinata set against a rainbow background. Three of these need to be gathered from the colossal bonus symbol minigame in order for free spins to be won. 3 of these will give the player 5 free spins when gained, plus an additional free spin for each additional symbol.
The Colossal Wild symbol in this game comes in the shape of a terrifying skull set against a green background. This is 3×3 in size can only appear when in free spins mode. It can substitute for any symbol except the colossal bonus symbol.
How to Play:
Basic play for Spinata Grandes is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet when they simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
Generally speaking, NetEnt bring a high quality of graphics and animation to their products, and this one is no different. The bright symbols and background design, combined with the great animation create one of the most joyous of all pokie games which this reviewer has experienced. If you are at least at little bit of a fan of the theme then you owe it to yourself to check this pokie out. While the game does not include music I can't but think of this as a positive. Not to say that music is bad, but as pokies music always relies on short repeating clips this might have just led to annoyance. Still, that is what the mute button is for.
In terms of usability, this is a game which can stand among the best. Fast and responsive, and with a multitude of helpful and useful options, Spinata Grande gives the player a lot of control. It should be noted that even on the lowest graphical settings this is still a very attractive game.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Spinata Grande there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
Fun, colourful and fast, this game has almost everything. The only real let down when it comes to this game is the lack of more bonus features. That said, the way this game handles it's bonuses is fresh and unique, with the colossal symbols adding a great and fun element. Combine this with a useful selection of options and you end up with a game that's great for everyone, not just fans of the theme. Absolutely worth checking out.
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