Aristocrat’s Zorro has a lot of interesting features compared to many of their games. There are 5 different bonus games to choose from, along with the option to increase your spin amount in return for bigger multiplier. This slot uses 25 win lines, rather than the all-ways ‘reel power’ variation of other Aristocrat slots. This review will focus on the latest version of Zorro, which can be found in live casinos and also online.
The graphics are the usual plain fare, with the whole slot functional and entertaining – rather than visually impressive. One thing you can always be certain of with Aristocrat is their ‘hallmarks’. Concepts such as the ‘click click’ of the reels stopping, retro ‘beep’ tunes when you win and the playing card symbols will be instantly familiar to anyone who has played these games before.
There is some basic animation on the reels, with Zorro giving you a wink and disappearing when he is part of a win line. Other symbols include a barrel, horse, woman and bag of money. If you select the Zorro bonus option, the background of the game changes.
While you can choose the number of lines to play up to a total of 25, I recommend that you stick with the full amount. There are two reasons for this. First, this is required to use the optional Zorro slot machine Bonus feature. Second, the max lines make the best use of wild symbols – allowing for them to combine to form multiple win lines.
The minimum coin amount for this game is 2c, so a 50c minimum for all lines. The max bet is $4 per line, or $100. Both increase (to 70c and $140) with the Zorro Bonus option. You can choose up to 500 automatic spins via the Autoplay, which can be stopped at any time.
You are hoping to see 5 Zorro characters across the screen. This is the top paying symbol, with 5000 coins for all 5. The woman and soldier are the next in line with 2000 and 1000 for 5 of a kind respectively. Barrels and cash also pay well, with the playing card symbols making up the bulk of smaller wins.
The horse is the scatter symbol in this game, paying a multiple of your total bet. The scatter does not trigger the bonus feature. Instead you need to spell out the word ‘Zorro’ across the reels. Letters are attached to playing card symbols to enable you to do this. The concept has been used in the Wild Panda Slot (where you need to spell out the word Panda).
This game cycles through several bonus games, adding some variation which is missing from many other Aristocrat titles. Note that you need to activate the option and pay 10 coins per line more each spin to get these features.
My favorite is the Zorro Barrels. You get to choose the variance in the free spins game. You can pick up to 20 spins with low multipliers, or just 5 spins with multipliers on wins including Zorro of up to 15x. There are two middle options too.
The Tornado bonus simply pays you a random prize. This can be up to 500x your total spin amount. The coin bonus is a pick-em round, where you keep selecting coins until 2 identical prizes are revealed, at which point you win that prize. The ‘Wild Z’ gives you sticky Z symbols, which are wild, for 3 free spins. The idea is that the final spin can include several wild ‘Z’s’.
The final bonus confused me a little. This is the ‘magic door’. You pick a door and reveal a character. You then get 5 games free, when your character appears, you click on it (or touch the screen, depending on your device). This then reveals a prize, which gets added to your total. I was not aware that I needed to touch the screen the first time, and so sat waiting for something to happen.
I enjoyed the latest Zorro pokie. The changing bonus features should introduce some stickiness to this game which other titles lack. This is part of a trend of including more pick-em bonuses and interesting features from Aristocrat. Examples include Outback Jack and More Chili. If Aristocrat would combine their games with more modern graphics (for example White Wizard) with these added features, I am sure they could create some amazing games.