In the Spanish-speaking world, the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of the most important festivals of the year and it’s the setting for Beautiful Bones, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot from Microgaming. Featuring high end design, it comes with wild re-spins as well as a free spins round where you can boost payouts my multipliers of up to 5x. Join the fiesta from between 30p and £15 per spin.

Like most Microgaming games, Beautiful Bones is easy on the eye. The reels include carnival-style playing cards alongside 2 male and 3 female characters. They’re all dressed in the appropriate costume and have their faces painted skeleton style. The 3 women can land fully stacked and hit on any or all of the middle 3 reels. The wild can also land on reels 2, 3 and 4. It substitutes for everything apart from the scatter. There are 2 special extras on offer in Beautiful Bones.

Wild Spin Again feature – land a winning 3-of-a-kind combination either vertically or horizontally and you’ll activate the Wild Spin Again feature. The middle position from the triggering spin will become wild and you’ll be awarded a re-spin with the wild locked in place. It’s possible to re-trigger more re-spins here if you land another vertical or horizontal winner.

Free Spins feature – you’ll see the sugar skull scatter land on reels 1 and 5. Every time it hits, it will be collected in a meter. When you collect 10 sugar skulls, you’ll be given the option to activate the free spins round. Here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins with all payouts boosted by a 3x multiplier.

You can also carry on collecting skulls until you reach the next milestone. That is triggered once you’ve accumulated 20 sugar skulls – your reward then is 15 free spins with a 4x multiplier. Just as before, you can carry on building your collection of sugar skulls until you reach the maximum of 30 skulls. The bonus round is then triggered automatically – you’ll then receive 18 free spins complete with a 5x multiplier.

As far as volatility goes, Beautiful Bones sits in the medium range so you can expect a balanced range of payouts – there is a whopping 1,000 times your total bet to be won on each 5x multiplier free spin.

This is a well-designed title from Microgaming – the features impress too. The wild re-spins help the base game action bob along and the multipliers in the free spins can quickly get the coins flowing.

The Day of the Dead festivities may look a little strange to people in the English-speaking world. It all works well in Beautiful Bones which is certainly worth a closer look. If you enjoy this theme, then you’ll want to take a look at Thunderkick’s superbly designed Esqueleto Explosivo too.