Why Spinata Grande
Spinata Grande translates in English to ‘Great Spin’, and this is without doubt an appropriate title. This slot captures all of the colour and vibrancy of a fiesta. Its reels roll with fluency, its graphics are crisp, and the lighting is perfectly balanced so as not to be too wild or overbearing. The charm of this slot lies in the combination of its fantastic artwork, and the simplicity of its function as a slot. NetEnt have created a slot with compelling features that work efficiently, but they have enriched it further with splashes of brilliant colour and a theme that brings it to life. Unlike some slots that weary you into a siesta with dullness, or stultify you with intense lighting, Spinata Grande excites without having to work too hard. It is our Game of the Month because it feels like a celebration of everything good about slots.
Spinata Grande has perhaps one of the wittiest names in the industry. Not only does it connote both Mexico and slots through being an anagram of ‘pinata’ and by the spin of reels, but it also translates to ‘Great Spin’ in English. It is a relief that the games designers were as thorough with the game itself as they were with the name. Spinata Grande is crisp, colorful and entertaining, with a great Mini Slot feature and an elegant introduction.
Type of slot
Spinata Grande is a video slot with a fully animated introduction and an animated background, aplenty with cacti, balloons and bobbing sombreros.
With an abundance of sombreros, moustaches and piñatas, it is quite clear that this slot is themed around the wild and fun country of Mexico.
Style and feel
The slot’s design is very impressive and has to it two parts. Firstly, there is the foreground that features the slot. The slots colours are of a richer tint that those in the background, where an animated Mexican town is pictured. The colour scheme works splendidly and really works to amplify the Mexican theme of the slots, with tropical blues, yellows, reds and greens set against the famous dusty browns of Mexico’s deserts.
Spinata Grande has a whole party of different characters all symbolic in some way of Mexican culture. Although nameless, there are a few characters that enliven the slot, such as a raging bull piñata, a cheery yellow and green toucan and a mustachioed slot machine wearing a sombrero. It is a little clichéd that they have just thrown an arbitrary moustache onto characters, but it is also quite funny, and, in all honesty, it does help emphasize the theme.
Paylines & Reels
There are 40 paylines and 5 reels on Spinata Grande. We think this is a positive at JustSlots, for slots with only 20 paylines are very difficult to win on and that is half of the fun. The slot has Colossal Reels and therefore their symbols roll in a block format.
Mini Slot Feature
A mini slot game is triggered in Spinata Grande when you land on the Colossal Bonus symbol. This feature has a few elements. Firstly, the amount of mini slots to appear is relative to the proportion of the Bonus symbol on the screen, and this ranges between 3, 6, and 9. Secondly, if on the mini slots game you hit the coloured star symbols, you will be credited with free spins, if you hit coins you will be credited with money. The Free Spins mode is the best way to earn large amounts, and has a Wild Card that the base game sadly lacks.