El Mariachi Slots

El Mariachi Slots
El Mariachi is a 5-reel, 10-payline slot that takes place in a gritty Mexican town. This mariachi isn't just packing his guitar either. He's got a pistol and is on the path to revenge. If you've seen and liked the movie Desperado, which stars Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek, then you'll definitely want to check out the following review.


Developed by Dragon Gaming, this slot features 5 reels and 10 paylines. The gameplay structure is rather simple. Winning combinations form when 3+ matching symbols appear in a payline, starting in the first reel.

The bonus, however, adds a twist to this gameplay model. "Level 4" of the free spins allows you to score wins that go both left to right and right to left.

Graphics & Atmosphere

This game takes you inside of a low-key bar in some non-descript Mexican town. In the background, you'll see table tops, whisky, a gun, and Mexican flag.

This establishment definitely looks like the type of place where a big shootout could happen. That said, Dragon Gaming has done a good job of setting this atmosphere here.

Pay Table & Win Potential

Regular symbols include a woman holding a rose, man smoking a cigar, the mariachi/desperado holding a pistol, and four card suits. A guitar case with a gun and grenades inside of it serves as the wild symbol.

The woman pays the most among this group at 1,000x your line stake for five symbols. The cigar-holding, gangster-looking guy pays 450x.

No information is provided on the overall maximum prize. We imagine it's worth at least 2,000x your total stake when considering that the woman pays 1,000x and there's a 2x bonus multiplier.

El Mariachi Features

You trigger the bonus round when landing 3+ scatter symbols (alcohol w/ cigar) anywhere on the reels. You'll receive 10, 15, or 20 free games for three, four, or five triggering scatters.

This bonus sees you move up levels by collecting extra bonus symbols, either when triggering or during free spins. You'll unlock a new level for every 4 scatters collected.

Here's a look at the 5 available levels and when they occur:

  • Level 1 - 1 sticky wild + 1 free spin
  • Level 2 - 2x multiplier + 1 free spin
  • Level 3 - 2nd sticky wild + 2 free spins
  • Level 4 - Win both ways + 2 free spins
  • Level 5 - 3rd sticky wild + 2 free spins

Betting Options

The 10 paylines are fixed, but you can change the line stake ("Coin Value") from $0.02 to $9. These options create a total betting of $0.20 to $90 per spin.

With the maximum $90 wager, you can potentially win $180,000 (or more) according to our calculations with the maximum win of 2,000x the stake.

El Mariachi Slots RTP

The El Mariachi RTP is 95.50%, which is slightly below average compared to the industry average (96%). Volatility lies in the medium range, which makes sense according to the (calculated) 2,000x max prize.

Play for Free or Real Money

If you like to try slots before risking money on them, then you can play El Mariachi for free. You simply need to load this game up at a casino with Dragon Gaming software to get started.

Of course, you can play for real money after placing a deposit. This process involves finding a relevant banking option that you can use and funding your account.

Available on iPhone and Android

Like many modern slots, El Mariachi is available for play on iPhones and Androids. That said, you can play this mobile slot with an iPhone, iPad, or Android.

Overall Rating on El Mariachi Slots

We give El Mariachi an 8 out of 10 rating. This game has a cool multi-level bonus round along with an interesting theme that's not overdone—a rarity in online slots.

The bonus offers free spins with 5 different levels. You add lucrative modifiers by landing more scatters and advancing up the ladder.

The one thing that we'd like to see improved upon is the quantity of features. While the bonus round is great, it would be nice if 1-2 modifiers were available in the base game.

Other than the lack of base-game features, El Mariachi is a high-quality slot that's definitely worth trying. Again, you can check this game out for free if you're at all unsure.