Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase slot REVIEW
Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase ReviewAfter reviewing Boomerang’s second installment in the Lightning Chase series, Temple Frenzy Lightning Chase, we thought our criticism of the Boom+ ante bet option in their first release, Lady Merlin Lightning Chase, had made them drop the feature altogether. Instead, it’s back with a vengeance in Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase, but it makes more sense this time.
First of all, the ante bet options do not affect the 5,000x potential this time, but you need both Wild+ and Boom+ active to get an RTP well above 96 %. The Boom+ option gives you 3 random base game wild features, instead of just expanding wilds, and you also get 3 bonus round options. Audiovisually, the game is very similar to the original Wild Esqueleto, but this follow-up is far more complicated.
Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot - Reels Screen
Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot Features
The premium symbols pay between 4.5 and 7.5 x your stake for 5 of a kind on a payline, and the Esqueleto Wild pays 10x your stake for the same. Of course, the Wild symbol also steps in for regular pay symbols to help complete wins, and you can choose to turn on/off the Boom+ and Wild+ options between base game spins.
Turning on the Boom+ ante bet will cost you 25 % more per spin, and this activates the Wild Feature Meter you see on the left-hand side. Without the Boom+ switched on, you get the default expanding wild feature, which means that each wild that lands expands to cover the full reel. With the Boom+ ante bet turned on however, the meter cycles randomly between 2 additional wild features:
Wild Multiplier - boosts any wild win by a random multiplier of x2 to x10.
Contagious Wild - any wilds that land will turn all adjacent royal symbols wild.
The Wild+ ante bet option also costs 25 % more per spin, but you’ll pay 100 % more per spin if you go with both the Boost+ and Wild+ together. Anyway, the Wild+ option adds extra wilds to the reel strips of reels 2, 3 and 4, and activating/deactivating these ante bet options has a significant impact on your RTP (from 93.19 to 96.86 %).
The Coin symbol can land with prizes between 1x and 888x your stake, and landing a Collect symbol at the same time means that all present coin prizes are collected as a win. Landing 6+ coin symbols without any Collect symbol present triggers the Hold & Respin feature.
Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot - Hold and Respin
The triggering cash coins then become sticky on an otherwise cleared grid, and only Coins, Collect symbols and/or blanks will land. You start with 3 respins, and the tally resets each time you land at least one new sticky coin symbol. The cash coin values range from 1x to 25x, with the rarely seen 888x as the top-tier coin. The Collect symbol immediately collects all coin prizes during the feature.
You trigger the Free Spins Choice feature when 3 scatters appear on the same spin, but you only get a choice if the Boom+ ante bet is switched on. If not, you get the default 13 FS bonus round with expanding wilds, and here’s the other 2 options:
13 free spins with a wild win multiplier between x2 and x10.
10 free spins with the Contagious Wild feature active.
You can retrigger the bonus round with extra free spins by landing 3 scatters, and you get the same amount of extra spins as you got in the first place.
Finally, there is a Side Strike feature available in some jurisdictions, and this allows you to win extra prizes as you spin the reels. Choose either the red or green chip, depending on which one you think you’ll see most of, and place bets up to £/€125. You can then win prizes of 5x, 2x or 1x your stake, depending on how many times your chosen chip appears in comparison to the other. The Side Strike feature comes with an RTP of 97.96 %.
The 200 Spins Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot Experience
We played with both the Boom+ and Wild+ ante bet options switched on, so you get to see a lot of the 3 different wild features in the base game part of our 5:42-minute highlights video. We trigger the Hold & Respin feature at 2:25, and then finally the bonus round at 3:37. Check it all out for yourself by hitting the play button below.
We criticized the first Lightning Chase installment, Lady Merlin, for having a rather pointless Boom+ ante bet option, since there was hardly any game left without it. With Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase, Boomerang Studios have decided to complicate things further with a second Wild+ ante bet option, but at least you get both the FS round and Hold & Respins round no matter what you choose. Of course, you get only the expanding wilds bonus round without Boom+ active.
Even with both ante bet options active you can still play with a bet size well below £/€1 per spin, and it’s a far more entertaining game that way. The ‘Day of the Dead’ theme is decently done with an upbeat vibe, but the visuals haven’t changed much since the original release. There are a bit too many features and options crammed into this release though, but at least the options you get make more sense this time. The no ante bet RTP of 93.19 % is far into deal-breaker territory, and the 5,000x potential is lower than in previous installments (but perhaps more realistic).
If you enjoy Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot you should also try:
Lady Merlin Lightning Chase - is the first installment in Boomerang’s series, and it’s hardly much to speak of without the Boom+ feature on. With the ante bet however, you get a progressive wild multipliers bonus round and a solid 25,600x potential. There is also the hold & respin feature either way.
Temple Frenzy Lightning Chase - is the second release in the Boomerang range, and the top-tier cash symbol pays 888x your stake in the hold & respin feature. The bonus round gives you extra wilds, and you can win up to 17,760x your stake.
Wild Esqueleto - is Boomerang’s original ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ installment, and it comes with a 5x4 grid and 178 Connecta Ways system. It’s a far less complicated game overall, but you get a bonus round with extra wilds, as well as a £/€100,000 jackpot. The regular max win is only 16x your stake though.
Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase?
The Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase RTP is only 93.19 % without either of the ante bet options turned on. The RTP is 95.63 % with Boom+ active alone, and 95.42 % with only Wild+ active. With both Wild+ and Boom+ active the RTP is a solid 96.86 %.
How volatile is Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase?
The volatility is medium in standard mode or with only Wild+ active, but the volatility increases to medium/high with both Wild+ and Boom+ active.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 5,000x your stake in Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase, and the max win is independent of the ante bet options.
What does Wild+ and Boom+ ante bet options do?
We recommend playing with both ante bet options turned on, even though it will cost you 100 % more per spin. Wild+ adds extra wilds to the reel strips, while Boom+ activates a randomized wild feature in the base game. It also gives you 3 bonus round options.
Is there a free spins mode in Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase?
Yes, you get a Hold & Respin feature with up to 888x cash coins, as well as a regular bonus round with expanding wilds (or the option of 2 other wild extras if the Boom+ is active).
Can I play Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase Slot for free?
Yes, you can test the free Wild Esqueleto Lightning Chase demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).