On February 24, 2011, Betsoft Gaming launched a Mexican html5 video slot titled Paco and the Popping Peppers. The game is set in a dusty desert outpost, where poor but happy Mexican residents find escapism in a festival organized by lead singer Paco alongside a troupe comprising of peppers.
Other themes: Mexican culture and folk art, merrymaking, card game, personification, and fruits. Betsoft-owned Carnaval Forever (February 2019) and Chilli Pop (November 2018) are similar. Paco and the Popping Peppers’ rival games include: Chili Heat (January 2018) from Greentube, Chili Quest (September 2019) from GameArt, and Siesta Fiesta (December 2020) from Storm Gaming.
One symbol (donkey piñata) requires five winning combinations. Eight symbols (pineapple, tomato, coconut, chili pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, garlic, and onion) require three, four, or five winning combinations.
Paco and the Popping Peppers Game Characteristics
Paco and the Popping Peppers is set on the entrance of a thatched adobe house, where lead singer Paco is standing on the left while a Mexican whiskey bottle is positioned on the right below stringed red and green chili peppers.
It has a non-partitioned and dark 5X3 grid, 30 left-to-right adjustable paylines, ten personified symbols, eleven coin denominations, five bet levels, 935 total bets, locked symbols, ten win multipliers, bonus game, neither free games nor a side game, and regularly pays from $2.00 to $1000.00.
Paco and the Popping Peppers has two special symbols and eight ordinary symbols. Special symbols: the substituting wild is a colorful donkey piñata; and the fiesta bonus game-triggering scatter is a tiki hut.
Women-faced ordinary symbols: staring pineapple; sexy tomato; relaxed coconut; curious green-and-red chili pepper; impassive red bell pepper; smiling green bell pepper; thoughtful garlic; and cross eyed onion.
The Paco and the Popping Peppers coin denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.10, $0.15, $0.20, $0.25, $0.50, and $1.00. Possible active paylines: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, and 30. Minimum bet: $0.01. Maximum bet: $150.00.
The $150.00 bet offers these Paco and the Popping Peppers payouts for three, four, and five winning combinations. Pineapple pays $125.00, $375.00, and $1000.00. Tomato pays $100.00, $250.00, and $750.00. Coconut pays $50.00, $200.00, and $500.00. Chili pepper pays $50.00, $125.00, and $250.00. Red bell pepper, or green bell pepper pays $25.00, $50.00, and $125.00. Garlic, or onion pays $10.00, $25.00, and $50.00. Lastly, five donkey piñatas pay $2500.00.
There are 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X, 7X, 8X, 9X, and 10X win multipliers that are lined along the right margin. Winless symbols are locked while winning fruits disappear explosively, leaving spaces for newly fetched symbols. The first win moves the multiplier from 1X to 2X, while subsequent back-to-back wins progressively increase multipliers by +1; ten back-to-back multipliers do unlock the 10X multiplier, although a winless round in between resets the multipliers back to 1X.
3+ tiki huts load the fiesta bonus whose otherwise ten rounds are ended by three wrong predictions; set on a beach shelter shed, it has a card game where players predict if the upcoming card will be higher or lower than the last card. Its non-progressive jackpot is $75000.00.
The good Paco and the Popping Peppers software: icons embedded on music instruments and on sombreros; mobile and desktop versions; quick spin; and 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, and 100 autospins. Ambient background: mariachi music. Sound effects: snoring Paco, drumming, twanging, cartoon sounds, whirring playing cards, foot falls, giggling fruits, Mexican yell (grito), and breaking waves. The cinematic 3D graphics include dramatic Paco, exploding and emotive fruits, tumbleweed, and confetti eggs.
Luck in Paco and the Popping Peppers
The RTP rate of Paco and the Popping Peppers—a game of chance—is 94.29% and the house edge is 5.71%.