Yggdrasil Gaming released Lucha Maniacs on April 24, 2018, describing the slot game as a rumble between the famous luchadores fighters. A wrestling-inspired online game, Lucha Maniacs is listed alongside other Yggdrasil’s fighting-themed games such as Champions of Rome (February 2019), Hanzo’s Dojo (August 2018), Vikings trilogy, and Super Heroes (October 2016). Lucha Libre series from Real Time Gaming, El Luchador from Genesis Gaming, Luchadora by Thunderkick, and Lucha Legends by Microgaming are among the rival games.
The name “lucha maniacs” means violent luchadores—these are wrestlers who are experts in the Mexican wrestling style called lucha libre. Notable for their colorful masks, a wrestler who fights alone is a luchador but they can wrestle in pairs that are called rag teams. The aforementioned features are prevalent in the Lucha Maniacs’ game play, whereby the players match three, four, or five colorfully masked luchadores, or tag teams, or card suits.
Lucha Maniacs Game Characteristics
Lucha Maniacs’ volatility rating ranges from 34 to 59, and it has a 5X3 grid and 20 fixed pay lines. There are 21 symbols—six high-paying, four low-paying, and eleven special symbols. The high-paying symbols are masked and muscled luchadores: a red wrestler, a pink wrestler, a pink-and-red tag team, a green wrestler, a blue wrestler, and a blue-and-green tag team.
The low-paying suits are: a red hearts suit, a pink spades suit, a green clubs suit, and a blue diamonds suit. The special symbols consist of: nine unique and substituting Wilds (there are four Wilds for all four wrestlers, two Wilds for the two tag teams, a random “W” Wild, a sticky “W” Wild, and a “Lucha Maniacs” Wild); there are also a “Bonus” wrestling ring and a “Free Spins” symbols.
One game round can offer up to 12000 coins, according to the starting page. The Lucha Maniacs’ coin values are: $0.004, $0.01, $0.02, $0.03, $0.04, $0.05, $0.07, $0.10, $0.16, $0.20, $0.30, $0.50, $0.70, $1.00, $2.00, $3.00, $4.00, and $5.00. The Lucha Maniacs cash bets are: $0.08 (minimum bet), $0.20, $0.40, $0.60, $0.80, $1.00, $1.40, $2.00, $3.20, $4.00, $6.00, $10.00, $14.00, $20.00, $40.00, $60.00, $80.00, and $100.00 (maximum bet).
Read on the Lucha Maniacs symbols for three, four, and five matching symbols, respectively. The pink and red lone wrestlers pay X20, X60, and X200; a red-and-pink rag team symbol pays double the amount offered by the lone wrestlers.
The green and blue wrestlers have a similar payout for three, four, and five matching symbols, which is X15, X50, and X175; furthermore, a green-and-blue tag team symbol will pay twice as much as the lone wrestlers. The hearts suit pays X5, X20, and X70. The spades suit offers X5, X20, and X60. Both the clubs suit and diamonds suit pays X5, X15, and X50.
Three, four, and five “Bonus” symbols trigger seven free spins, 15 free spins, and 30 free spins, respectively; moreover, they also trigger bonus features (players select preferred the features) such as up to two random wilds, up to four extra free spins, sticky Wilds, high-paying symbols-replacing Wilds, stacks of wrestlers, and X3 multiplier. Up to 80 coins can be won during the bonus game.
The Lucha Maniacs software is good; the Mexican soundtracks and 3D graphics, especially the wrestling ring, remind of the entrance theme during a real-life lucha libre match.
Luck in Lucha Maniacs
Lucha Maniacs is a game of chance whose RTP rate is 96.2% and the house edge is 3.8%.