El Toreo Slot Review
Ok, this slot is going to be divisive. There are no two ways about it: Bullfighting is a contentious sport. One side of a passionate argument pleads animal cruelty while the other maintains that it's cultural heritage at stake. I'm not going to get into the feud because this is a friggin video slot, not debate club! Let me start by reassuring all: Not a single animal was harmed during the making of El Toreo! In fact, GameArt took extra care to ensure the safety of the digitally rendered bull – he appears to be encased in gold. Kinda tough to plunge a sword through that Mr. Matador! They also made this bull a free-range animal – able to wander between your P.C, mobile device or tablet! Despite all humane concerns, there's an undeniable adrenaline rush at the thought of staring down an aggressive 1000 pound beast. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to embrace the excitement in El Toreo, but I felt it coursing through my veins nonetheless. The drama starts at the first spin and carries on unrelentingly.
El Toreo is a 5 reel 10 payline slot, making it reasonably volatile. The symbols are well drawn, all in a distinctly Spanish flavor. The slightly smarmy looking matador is the wild and can replace anything except the golden bull which serves as the scatter. These two foes are joined by a red rose, beautiful senorita, Spanish guitar, and a sword. At the bottom end of the value spectrum are the face card letters. In fine GameArt fashion, the controls are well laid out. On the far left is a settings button, where you can toggle the music and gamble functions on or off. Next to that is the Paytable Info, neatly summarized into one page. Finally, there are Bet Per Line, Autoplay, Spin, Balance, Total Bet and Win Amount. On either side of the reels is a counter which displays the Winning Lines. The Autoplay has no advanced options, and there's no Quick Spin – both are a bit of a bummer, but I never really missed them.
3 or more scatters scores you 12 free spins! The best thing about this feature is that the Free Spins can be re-triggered, with a display counter showing the amount remaining. There's also a Gamble function after each winning spin in regular play. This takes place on a gorgeous rose studded background and is a simple double or nothing bet based on card color choice.
El Toreo has an expanding wild feature, where the matador expands over an entire reel. This only happens on reels 2-4, but also not only also takes place during Free Spins but does so sticking in place.
El Toreo blends superb graphics and animation with dramatic music and sound effects. The game charges along powerfully and has no performance issues.
El Toreo is a winner, with its brilliant expanded wild feature and pulsating excitement. If you are a Bullfighting fan, then this might become your favorite slot. Even I, who would pass out if I ever saw a real Bullfight, enjoyed the win potential and clever aspects of this stunning slot.