Join a band of brigands masquerading as musicians in the Mexican-themed Mariachi slot. Created by Stake Logic, it’s a 5 reel, 40 payline game that comes with a bonus round that awards up to 24 free spins where the lower value symbols are progressively removed. Look out too for the lock and spin re-spins where big clusters can deliver rich rewards. Play from between 40p and £48 per spin across all devices.

The design in Mariachi has a strong comic book feel – set against a dusty desert town, the reels include lower value playing cards plus violins, trumpets, guitars and the 3 members of the Mariachi band. The wanted poster is the wild – it replaces everything bar the scatter and offers awards of 20, 80 or 200 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. Mariachi comes with 2 features.

Lock and Spin Bonus feature – this is triggered by landing 1 of the members of the Mariachi band fully stacked on reel 1. That stack, plus any other matching musician symbol or wild, are locked in place and a re-spin is awarded. If a new matching musician or wild hits, it will join the cluster and another re-spin follows.

These continue until you land a spin with no new matching symbols. If you fill the screen with matching symbols, you’ll win a special jackpot prize which are visible above the reels. The top prize is a whopping 10,000 times your total stake!

Free Spins Bonus feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the money bag scatter symbols and you’ll be awarded 12, 18 or 24 free spins. The lower value 10, J, Q, K and A symbols are removed in succession, boosting your chances of landing a higher value combination.

We enjoyed Mariachi – the sound and visuals are very nicely done, combining comic book imagery with a classical guitar soundtrack. It’s hard to believe that this slot has come from the Novomatic family! The features impress too. Both the Lock and Spin Bonus and the Free Spins Bonus features offer some impressive payout potential. We’d put the variance in the medium range – it offers wins of up to 4,470 times your stake on each spin/free spin.

Western-themed slots can be a bit hit and miss – Mariachi is one of the better ones and certainly worth a look if you enjoy the Mexican bandito theme. I also recommend you try Play ‘N Go’s Grim Muerto or Thunderkick’s Esqueleto Explosivo which offer similar themes.