Join Pepe, Pico and Paso as they try to protect their village from the clutches of the evil Captain Diaz in Taco Brothers, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot from ELK Studios. This Mexican-themed adventure comes with re-spins and a free spins bonus round with multipliers and running wilds. Stakes start at 10p per spin and go up to £50 per spin.

The first thing you’ll notice about Taco Brothers is that’s it a visual delight. Set in 1881, it pits the brothers against baddie Captain Diaz who’s depriving the good people of Santa Maria of their diet of tacos. Set against the backdrop of a dusty Mexican town, the reels include brightly coloured cactus, guitar, bottle of tequila and spade and mining lamp symbols.

Joining them are brothers Pico, Pepe and Paso who is the biggest payer, offer up to 400 coins for a five symbol combo. The golden bell is the wild, substituting for all other symbols apart from the bonus and re-spin.

The Taco Brothers Re-Spin symbol appears on reels 2 and 4 and when it hits, you’ll be awarded a second spin, giving you another chance to hit three safe symbols and trigger the feature.

Find the safe on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you’ll activate the Wild Escape feature which is the free spins round. Before the game starts, a bomb will explode to reveal the level of multiplier which will be 1x, 2x or 3x. You’ll then be transported to a new set of reels featuring the 3 brothers as well as Captain Diaz and the lovely Señorita.

The free spins include a running wild feature – the brothers drop one at a time on reel 5 and act as a wild, working their way across the reel. If the Captain Diaz symbol appears anywhere on screen, he’ll lock up the brother and stop him from moving. If the Señorita appears, she’ll unlock and release the wild brother. The Señorita can also restart the running wilds and award fresh free spins. The feature continues until all of the brothers have escaped or are in jail.

Available to play on both desktop and mobile, Taco Brothers is a real charmer – the back story is nicely conceived and realised perfectly thanks to the impressive graphics and catchy backing track. There’s plenty on offer in the features department too, especially the free spins feature which is boosted by a multiplier and the walking wilds. The variance is in the medium range offering a balanced range of payouts.

Developer ELK Studios is a relative newcomers to the online slots world. If Taco Brothers is anything to go by, we’ll be looking forward to plenty more entertaining and innovative new additions to its catalogue in the future. If you like Mexican-themed slots, Spiñata Grande from NetEnt is worth playing as to is Esqueleto Explosivo by Thunderkick.