The studio in question is Lightning Box Games. They are based in Australia, allowing New Zealand players to show support for a relatively local provider. Formed back in 2004 and headed up by design director David Little, they are committed to designing original slot games that give enjoyable gameplay and innovative bonuses. Top games they have created previously include Fortune 8 Cat. They are also known for partnering with other well-known providers (such as NetEnt) to produce new content. This is the case with Chili Gold 2 – Stellar Jackpots, where they have worked with respected industry giant NYX Gaming.
So, how does this slot play? Although not the most elegant of slots to look at, it does pack in plenty of bright, colourful action. The cartoon-style graphics work well for the theme but feel a little bare at times. The jaunty soundtrack is perfect throughout the play and helps to set the right kind of tone. In-game symbols such as guitars and maracas also help establish a natural Mexican party mood. The basic game design uses five reels and an impressive 40 paylines to win on. Available on all devices, it is classed as a medium volatility slot. This should see fairly frequent payouts but not always for considerable amounts. This title comes with a 96.32% RTP figure that aligns with the volatility level and compares well with other modern slots. Look out for the Red Chilli symbol as this is the Wild. It can land on the middle three reels and may even fill them up completely! If you hit a winning combo with this symbol in, a 2x multiplier is attached.
The red chilli is also the game’s Scatter. Players get taken into the Free Spin round if at least six show up on-screen. This will give you 3 Free Spins but more Scatters mean more free goes to enjoy. This can see 21 Free Spins awarded for 12 Red Chilli Scatters appearing. Gold Chilli Wilds gets added randomly to reels 5, 4, 3 and 2 for more chances to win in this bonus round. The most appealing feature to many players in New Zealand is the game’s progressive jackpots. These can be activated at random with every base game spin. Once active, players are taken into a mini-game that involves zapping space objects. If you manage to do this and pass through all six mini-game levels, you are brought into the jackpot round. This can see players win the Mini, Minor or Major progressive jackpot prize.