Go on a spiritual journey on the slot from Cayetano Gaming. Skulls is a homage to the much celebrated Dia de Los Muertos when people gather to pray for the dear departed with colourful rituals and usually a procession to the graves of friends and family led by a mariachi band. Carrying traces of the Megaways engine which Cayetano can use thanks to their collaboration with Red Tiger Gaming, Skulls has two features that can increase the ways to win up to 262,144 ways or guarantee a win as well as a free spins round with progressive multipliers.
Skulls is a cascading video slot with six reels, four rows and 4,096 ways to win in default mode. Through two of the slot features, this can grow up to eight rows and a staggering 262,144 ways. Wins are awarded for three to six matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. Get in on the celebrations for the dead on desktop or mobile from 0.25 to 75 credits per spin. The RTP of this high-variance game is set at 96.19%.
The first trace of the Megaways engine can be found in the pay mechanic of the slot. At the start of a spin sequence, symbols cascade from the top onto the reels. Any winning combos will explode to make room for new symbols to drop into place. The sequence continues until no new wins occur after a fresh cascade.
A colourful cemetery scene lit by traditional Dia de Los Muertos lanterns is the background to the game window held in a typical Mexican grave house decorated with rose wreaths with candles burning on both sides. A range of equally colourful skulls populate the reels which are spinning to the tune of a traditional mariachi band.
Pay symbols start at the low end with the card royals from 10 to A, awarding 0.2x to 0.6x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are followed by white, blue, red, green and golden skulls, paying 0.7x to 4x your stake when six land across the reels.
A brightly coloured icon marked with the word itself is the wild and top-paying symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. A single 6OAK will pay 20x your bet. There are also scatters marked with the words “Free Spins” with minimum three needed to trigger the bonus round.
Key to the entire slot concept are two reel modifiers that can trigger randomly on any spin in the base game or free spins. Reel Smasher and Massive Smash Reactor have the potential to increase the ways to win or guarantee a win.
First and most common is the Reel Smasher feature. The game runs in default with four rows and 4,096 ways to win. When the feature triggers it can smash some or all rows to increase the number of symbols per reel from four to five, six, seven or eight. This can happen on just one or more reels. Having the modifier triggered on reels can lead to the maximum game window with eight rows and 262,144 ways to win. The cascading pay mechanic plays out as usual after the modifier.
The second feature is the Massive Smash Reactor. All reels can randomly smash one symbol at a time until a win occurs or the free spins are triggered. Again, the normal cascading pay mechanic will continue as usual after the modifier has concluded.
Three to six scatters across the reels will trigger the Free Spins feature with each scatter awarding three free spins, which can be retriggered indefinitely. The two modifiers will activate more frequently during the bonus round and will increase the win multiplier by x1 for each instance, no limits. This looks like the final pointer that the Megaways engine is being used in the background.
Skulls is a fast-paced game with high volatility, so maybe not the best choice for the fainthearted or in fact, for those wary of skulls and the day of the dead celebrations. Those daring to take on the beast will enjoy an HV roller coaster ride with awesome win potential in the base game and free spins.
The game has been exclusively released in June 2019 at Paddy Power and Betfair and is bound to go global within weeks or months. We decided to keep it out of the Megaways category as not each spin will have a different number of ways to win as it will only change when the modifiers are triggered randomly.