Extra Chilli is a red-hot Mexican-themed slot from Big Time Gaming. It’s played using the developer’s Megaways game engine where the number of ways to win varies with each spin – when it reaches its maximum, it offers an enormous 117,649 ways to win. Also on offer here are symbol drop respins and a free spins round. Play this highly volatile game on all devices from between 20p and £50 per spin.

A Mexican food market forms the backdrop to the reels which are flanked by stacks of garlic and chilli. There you’ll see lower value A to 9 playing cards and 4 crystal-style chillies. The best of these is the purple chilli which pays 2, 5, 10, 25 or 50 times your stake if you land 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 in combination. There also a wild, the fireworks symbol, which performs all the usual substituting duties.

The number of rows changes with each spin – you’ll always see an extra row under reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 though. This means the number of potential winning Megaways varies with each spin. You can see how many are on offer above the reels.

After a winner lands, the successful symbols are removed and new ones drop in to replace them. The continue until there’s a drop where no new winning combination is created.

Look out for the gold letter symbols that spell out H.O.T.  Land 3 of them and you’ll trigger the Free Spin feature where you will receive 8 free spins. Any extra gold H.O.T letter will add another 4 free spins to your total. The free spins come with an expanding multiplier too. This increases by 1 with every successive symbol drop win. After a winless drop the multiplier reverts back to 1x.

Look out for the bowls full of chillies which appear in the reels under the main set. Land 3 or 4 of them and another 4 or 8 free spins are added to your tally. Once the free spins are triggered, you can gamble and try and win some more. A successful spin of the gamble wheel and you could end up with 24 free spins. However, lose and you’ll end up with none. This is known as the Free Spins Gamble feature.

You can also pay to trigger the feature if you wish by using the Feature Drop – the price (which varies) is shown in the meter in the top right corner of the screen.

As you’d hope for a slot called Extra Chilli, this is a pretty feisty game as far as volatility goes. The variance here is red hot. You can win up to 20,000 times your total stake on every free spin!

The design is simply done but the catchy mariachi-style soundtrack has earworm potential. We’re writing this review on the coldest day of the year (or possibly decade) and the Mexican sunshine has never looked so appealing. If you’re after some scorching action to chase away the winter blues, Extra Chilli should do the trick. If you like volatile games, Big Time Gaming specialises in these with Bonanza and Danger High Voltage recommended.