Paco and the Popping Peppers is definitely a unique slot machine. While most of the 3D slots from Betsoft Gaming are designed to have numerous special features, Paco is actually fairly light on frills. Instead, it focuses on making the handful of bonus rounds and gameplay elements it does have as fun and engaging as possible, allowing the game to stand on its own merits. For most players, this should be enough, as we found Paco and the Popping Peppers a blast to play – especially when the multiplier bonuses starting flying.
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General Info on Paco and the Popping Peppers
Paco and the Popping Peppers is a five-reel 3D slot machine by Betsoft that features a maximum of 30 paylines. Each payline can be played for up to five coins, with coin denominations ranging from $0.02 to $0.50. This means players may wager up to $75 per spin.
Along with eight standard symbols (mostly peppers and other flavorful foods), there are a few special symbols that may pop up on the reels. There’s a piñata symbol that acts as a wild icon, and can substitute for any of the normal symbols. This game also features a special Hut symbol; if three or more of these are hit, then a “Higher or Lower” Bonus Round is activated.
Paco and the Popping Peppers: Theme and Presentation
Paco and the Popping Peppers has a fairly strong Mexican theme. The game begins with a cute animated sequence that shows our hero, Paco, rolling into a desolate town and bringing joy to the locals by sharing his popping peppers. Throughout the game, you’ll see Paco hanging out on the game screen, moving around and urging you on. Paco also plays a big role in the game’s bonus round.
As with most of the Betsoft 3D games, graphics and sound are a huge strength of this game. Paco will constantly talk to you throughout the game, and an upbeat Mexican tune plays in the background during play (though you can turn the sounds off if you find them annoying, or if you need to play discreetly). The peppers and other symbols also have a little bit of life to them; the imagine of a bell pepper with a face exploding on the reels may be a little weird, but it’s actually quite a bit of fun.
Top Payouts in Paco and the Popping Peppers
In a game that’s all about peppers, you might be surprised that you won’t find many peppers among the biggest prizes in the game. The largest normal prize in the game occurs when you hit five pineapples in a row; this triggers a win of 200 credits for each coin you’ve wagered. The second largest win comes from five tomatoes, which pays out 150 credits per coin. However, there is a larger win possible; if you nail five wild piñata symbols, you’ll win 500 credits per coin.
But since Paco and the Popping Peppers has a special multiplier feature, you can actually win quite a bit more than this. Every time you make a winning combination, the symbols “pop” off of the reels, causing new symbols to fall into place. In addition, each pop causes the win multiplier to move up. This means that while your first wins on the reels pay out at the normal amounts, after the winning symbols pop, any new wins pay out at a 2x rate. Win again, and those symbols will pop once more, causing yet more symbols to fall, and increasing the multiplier to 3x.
This process continues until there are no winning combinations on the reels. Hit enough winners, and you can get the multiplier up to 10x – meaning it’s possible to win as much as 5,000 credits per coin wagered if you hit five piñatas!
Favorite Features in Paco and the Popping Peppers
While there are relatively few special features in Paco and the Popping Peppers, the ones that are there are well crafted and enjoyable to play. Our favorite is the Higher or Lower Fiesta Game, which is triggered whenever you hit three or more hut symbols on an active payline (even if you only hit these symbols after other symbols pop out of the way).
This game takes you to a second screen, where Paco will host a simple card game on the beach. Paco will reveal a card from a standard deck of playing cards, and you’ll be prompted to choose whether you think the next card is higher or lower. The next card is then revealed, and you’ll find out if you were right or wrong.
The object of the game is to survive through ten rounds of the game. You don’t have to be right on every single guess; the game doesn’t end until you’ve either guessed wrong three times, or you finish the tenth round of the game. The better you do with your choices, the more bonus credits you’ll win.