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Hunchback of Notre Dame fans will recognize the name "Esmeralda" as the heroine from the book and movie. While the Hunchback is not part of the game, the association between the game and the avatars is quite apparent. The game was brought to the gaming market by Playtech (→ info), one of the world's most popular and successful software developers for casino games.

General Overview

The motif of the game is geared towards elegance with use of roses and nice burgundy colors in the background. Esmeralda has five reels, 25 pay lines and a progressive jackpot. The basic symbols include the playing card numbers J-A, plus emerald earrings, a diamond and emerald necklace, a tambourine and an acoustic guitar. Higher paying symbols are represented by two debonair looking men from the novel. The rose is used as the scatter symbol and a beautiful Esmeralda is used as the wild symbol, which is able to substitute for everything but the scatter symbol.

Betting and Features

The wagering begins with a minimum bet on $.01 per pay line and a maximum bet of $1.00 per pay line. In order to qualify for the progressive jackpot, the maximum bet and pay lines must be used. The scatter symbol comes stacked on all five reels, which gives the player more chances to win big jackpots or get to the bonus round. There is an auto-play function, turbo mode option and an "info" button that gives the player all the payoff and playing guidelines. The "double" feature is used to allow players to gamble their winnings. After each winning spin, the player gets an option to play or pass on a double or nothing 50/50 game of chance. If they choose to play, they can bet all the winnings or play one half at a time until they lose everything from that spin, hit the max of $2,500 or hit the collect button.

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Using the stacked scatter feature, the player qualifies for multipliers and free spins if they hit between 5-15 roses. At the low-end, five roses anywhere on the board is good for a 2X multiplier. At the high-end, 15 roses is good for a multiplier of 30X plus 70 free spins. During the free spin round, the wild symbol substitutes for everything. If five wild symbols appear with a maximum bet, the progressive jackpot is paid out. Otherwise, the payouts with the wild symbol resort to a payable.

Recommendation

While the game looks nice and is simple to play, the lack of an exciting bonus game and video features might be unappealing to some players. Regardless, the payouts on this game are fairly robust, making it a game worth considering. Before you leave, you may visit our five reel slot page here, or the entire games collection here.

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Esmeralda - Review Updated: - by Jeff Grant