For a beautifully designed video slot experience that also features great animations and enchanting background music, look no further than Playtech’s Esmeralda. A five-reel, 25-adjustable payline game, Esmeralda is connected to a progressive jackpot prize pool that seeds at 15,000x your chosen stake, making it a hugely rewarding slot for players using all kinds of bankrolls. This feature aside, the game also benefits from a very generous free spins bonus where players can get their hands on up to 70 free spins for matching stacked red rose scatter symbols.
Esmeralda is based on the beautiful female gypsy featured in Victor Hugo’s novel, the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Depicted as being green-eyed and flame-haired, Esmeralda acts both a substitute wild and the game’s most valuable symbol, with two of her suitors, a selection of musical instruments and several items of jewellery making up the full set of regular icons. A red rose also features as a stacked scatter symbol that can award up to 70 free spins, with the traditional Romani gypsy music in the background suddenly transforming into an upbeat flamenco number whenever it does.
In addition to having access to a potentially six-figure jackpot fund whenever five Esmeralda icons appear on a valid payline, players can also secure themselves up to 70 bonus games in a single spin whenever multiple stacks of red roses appear on the reels. With this feature being triggered when eight or more red rose symbols appear, players will win a minimum of 15 free spins with Esmeralda now also substituting for these symbols to make it much easier to win additional free spins. Any winnings earned during the free spins or the base game, meanwhile, can also be gambled in a simple game of chance where you must turn over a card higher than the one displayed on the left.
Although there are several variables present in Esmeralda, the slot is nevertheless a relatively straightforward game to play. Players can use the plus and minus arrow buttons to alter both the number of active paylines in the game and their chosen bet per line amount. With these options ranging from 1-25 and £0.01-£1.00 respectively, the game can be played from £0.01-£25.00 in total, but players will have to wager at least £2.00 in order to be eligible for a jackpot prize. Spins can also be speeded up by pressing a turbo mode button, while autoplay lets you configure up to 99 games in just one click.
An attractive slot in every sense of the word, Esmeralda combines high quality visuals and sound with a hugely rewarding free spins feature to ensure players get plenty of bang for their buck. The presence of a progressive jackpot fund means the game is always capable of awarding life-changing payouts, but it is the bread and butter base game winnings that really make the slot stand out.
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