Xibalba slot REVIEW
Xibalba ReviewRoughly translated, Xibalba means “place of fright”, and it’s commonly known as the underworld in Mayan mythology. Skulls lay around on the stone temple floor, and you have 3 spooky-looking masked and animated characters on either side of the 5x3 grid. They all react to what goes on, and the mask and skull symbols are equally lively with moving eyes and weird facial expressions.
It’s all done in Peter & Sons unique and quirky signature style, of course, so it’s more charming than scary really. All the features come together in self-reinforcing ways when things go your way, as cascades expand the grid and increase the win multiplier, while expanding serpent wilds remain in place to keep your winning streak going. It’s all enhanced when the multiplier only keeps building in the bonus round, taking you ever-closer to the 10,000x win cap.
Xibalba Slot - Reels Screen
Xibalba Slot Features
The 5 premium symbols pay between 1 and 10 x your stake for 5 of a kind wins, and the green Serpent Wild steps in for all regular pay symbols to help complete winning combinations. The wild holds no value of its own however, and it can appear on reels 2 to 5 only. In addition, you have a yellow Serpent Wild that grows to fill the full reel when it appears, and this growing wild is not removed as regular winning symbols are via the Cascading Wins feature.
All winning symbols are removed via the Cascades With Growing Falls feature, and this also adds +1 extra position to the individual reels that was part of the win. In addition, the progresssive win multiplier increases by +1 per cascade, and the grid maxes out at 5x6 with 7,776 win ways at the most. Everything resets when you land a non-winning cascade.
You trigger the Gigantor feature whenever 2 Sun scatters appear anywhere on the 3 middle reels. Landing 2 scatters on adjacent reels (like reels 2 and 3 or reels 3 and 4) awards a 2x2 mega symbol respin, while a 3x3 mega symbol respin is awarded if you land scatters on reels 2 and 4.
The Bonus Round is triggered when you land 3 scatters in the same base game cascading round, and this gives you 15 free spins for starters. The feature plays out like the base game, with the important difference that the progressive cascading win multiplier does not reset between free spins. You win +15 extra spins if 3 scatters land in the same free spin cascading sequence and non-UK players can purchase the bonus round for 77x the total stake.
The 200 Spins Xibalba Slot Experience
You get to see some growing falls grid expanding base game action, before we purchase the bonus round at 1:18 into the 3-minute highlights video. The bonus round seems to do something with the gravity, as all the characters are floating in mid-air, and you can see for yourself how much we got away with by hitting the play button below.
The good thing about Peter & Sons is that they can do pretty much anything with their highly characteristic and unique visual style, and it will be like you’re seeing it for the first time. We’ve seen tons of Mayan-themed slots with cascading stone symbols, but nothing as refreshing as this. Both the characters and the symbols come alive with quirky animations, and the grid-expanding cascading multiplier system is more than enough to keep the base game interesting.
Add the somewhat rare growing serpent wild to the mix, and significant damage can be done also outside of the bonus round. The big advantage you get in free spins is that the growing serpent wild may trigger when you’ve already racked up a solid multiplier. The 20,000x announced max win seems unnecessary when 10,000x is the most that was landed in 1 billion test spins, but who knows what can happen on a very good day.
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Monster Blox - is a Peter & Sons installment powered by Yggdrasil’s Gigablox engine, and it plays out on a 6x4 grid with 40 paylines. You get a respin per win in which the grid expands by +1 row, and it maxes out at 8 rows with 100 paylines. The wizard turns symbols wild with his magic gun, and you can win up to 7,485x your stake by via the scatter collect increasing multiplier in the bonus round.
Tahiti Gold - is a highly popular ELK Studio installment in the Kane series, and stone symbols drop down between 2 gigantic totems. Each cascading win adds a new row up to 8 at the most, awarding 262,144 ways to win when maxed out. You also have mega symbols up to 4x4 to look forward to, and the grid expands per free spin for payouts up to 5,000x your stake.
Aztec Bonanza - is a solid ancient civilization release from Pragmatic Play, and the starting 2-4-6-4-2 grid can be expanded up to 5x6. Tumble wins unlock 4 unique features, and the bonus round comes with 1 of the 4 modifiers per spin. The 19,000x potential is very solid for a medium to high volatility game.
Xibalba Slot FAQsWhat is the RTP of Xibalba?
The 96.2 % return to player is a tad above average.
How volatile is Xibalba?
This is a high volatility release from Peter & Sons, and you can therefore expect fluctuations on your bankroll.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can realistically win up to 10,000x your stake (achieved once in 1 billion spins during testing), but the demo game states that the max win is above 20,000x your stake.
How does the Cascades with Growing Falls feature work?
Wins expand all involved reels with +1 row as the winning symbols are removed, and a progressive multiplier increases by +1 per cascade as well.
What about the Gigantor feature?
Triggered by 2 scatters on reels 2, 3 and 4, you get either a 2x2 or 3x3 mega symbol respin, depending on which reels the 2 scatters land.
Is there a free spins mode in Xibalba?
Yes, you get 15 free spins for starters, and the bonus round plays out like the base game except for the non-resetting progressive win multiplier.