Take a trip to Mexico with Booming Games and join in one of the most popular and easily recognisable local festivals: the Day of the Dead.
For the festival's duration, the dead are honoured, and the living will eat, drink, dress up and dance in their honour. Oh Catrina is a video slot that manages to translate the unique atmosphere of the festival into a fun game.
In terms of visual quality, Oh Catrina strikes the eye right from the beginning and design-wise, the gameplay is straightforward, taking players right at the heart of the festival. The backdrop displays a narrow street, typical of any Mexican town, adorned with bright flowers, skulls and candles. A delightful blending of genres reflects the spirit of the day of the dead.
Unlike its game developer namesake, there is no booming soundtrack to Oh Catrina. Instead, the audios are quiet and enticing, luring players in to awaken their curiosity.
Playing Oh Catrina
Before players taste a bit of Mexico, they should adjust their game settings. Oh Catrina might look quite different, yet it still contains classic gameplay.
In the autoplay mode, the reels will keep on turning on their own over and over again unless a player decides to revert to the regular gameplay mode.
One positive is that a player will not have to worry about amending their gameplay settings using this functionality. Great for the more lazy players.
The lower-paying icons are a black-and-white family portrait and a bottle of tequila (how original), followed by three colourful embroidered napkins containing skeletons and other creepy paraphernalia.
These are the universal icons falling onto the reels, so players should be lucky enough to land them and form several winning combinations in a row and boost their winnings.
The three decorated skulls are the top-paying icons within the original game. The three decorated skulls are the most strikingly beautiful yet land less frequently. Players are handsomely rewarded should they manage to line up three or more of them on an active payline.
The candles, as the game begins, are the wild symbol of the Oh Catrina game. The candles can replace any other primary icon as listed before and thus give players another chance to form a new combination or more. Later on in the game, candle combinations are the most valuable payout combination, yet the hardest to create as they hardly land.
The rose icon is the scatter symbol of Oh Catrina: landing three of them anywhere on the reels activates a ten free spin bonus round with a random icon expanding to cover the entire reels all at once.
Free spins are the perfect way to maximise a players chances to score big wins and seriously boost their prize winnings without actually having to place anything on the table in the first instance, so players should seize the opportunity and look out for the rose symbols.
Oh Catrina is somewhat of a rather classic game offering little innovative yet decent wins and exciting bonus features. Punters might deplore the lack of originality in that respect, but Oh Catrina is still a high-quality slot game.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring