Ritchie Valens La Bamba

Samuel Read Last Updated 2022-07-01

Real Time Gaming chooses to honor a singular figure in the history of Rock ’n’ Roll music in Ritchie Valens La Bamba. This title offers 20 free spins at a time with win multipliers of 2x and 3x in bonus play.

Ritchie Valens died at the tender age of 17, in the same plane crash that claimed the life of Buddy Holly. Before passing, though, he recorded one of the most famous rock songs of all time, “La Bamba.”

Theme

This title is set in a 1950s-style malt shop, complete with leather-top stools and a sign announcing the price of burgers at 50 cents.

Gaming symbols include tickets, turntables, vintage radios, fan buttons, black and white TV sets, Fender electric guitars, signed photographs, autograph books, and 50s-style bowling shoes. A glamor shot of the man himself acts as wild, expanding to fill entire reels, while vinyl records labeled “La Bamba” act as scatter.

As is only appropriate, early rock ’n’ roll music accompanies gameplay. Players will have wait until the bonus round to hear the track after which this slot is named, however.

Betting Options and Functions

Somewhat ironically for a vintage slot, this title eschews traditional paylines, opting instead for a two-way pay structure that awards wins for three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels from either direction. With a six-by-three reel structure, this yields a total of 729 distinct ways to win.

Overall per-spin bit is set simply from 0.30–150.00 times the betting currency. Autoplay is available, and game speed can be set to one of three options. Some sources claim this slot has an RTP above 96%, but the designer’s do not offer this information up of their own accord.

Features

Free spins are triggered when the vinyl record scatter symbol appears on 4, 5, or 6 consecutive reels. 20 freebies are awarded in every case, as are win multipliers of 2x and 3x.

When 5 scatters trigger the feature, in addition to the above, extra wilds are added to the middle four reels, further increasing the chance for big wins. When 6 scatters trigger the bonus, however, extra wilds are added to all reels: this is where the best opportunities for big wins can be found.

No matter which variety of free spin feature is awarded, 20 additional free spins can be added to the feature should 4 or more scatters appear on the reels during bonus play.

Our Take

A gaming behemoth like RTG does more than release big, flashy, innovative titles: they also offer simple, reliable gaming. In other words, both quality and quantity are on offer. Ritchie Valens La Bamba, for its many charms, certainly falls more into the latter category than the former. With that said, it’s wonderful to see this brilliant and tragic figure honored after his death: the warld should know his name.

T-Rex, an excellent, dinosaur-themed slot from this designer, shows this company’s broad range.

Slot data and features

  • 6Reels
  • 729Pay lines
  • $2,000.00Max cash jackpot
  • YesWild Symbol
  • YesMultiplier
  • $0.3 - $15Betting Range
  • 0.01 - 0.5Coin bet range
  • 1Coins per line
  • NoProgressive
  • 2000Max coins jackpot
  • 729Max coins
  • YesScatter Symbol
  • YesFree spins available
  • NoBonus Game
  • NoBuy feature
  • MusicGame theme
Real Time Gaming chooses to honor a singular figure in the history of Rock ’n’ Roll music in Ritchie Valens La Bamba. This title offers 20 free spins at a time with win multipliers of 2x and 3x in bonus play. Ritchie Valens died at the tender age of 17, in the same plane crash that claimed the life of Buddy Holly. Before passing, though, he recorded one of the most famous rock songs of all...
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Slot data and features

  • 6Reels
  • 729Pay lines
  • $2,000.00Max cash jackpot
  • YesWild Symbol
  • YesMultiplier
  • $0.3 - $15Betting Range
  • 0.01 - 0.5Coin bet range
  • 1Coins per line
  • NoProgressive
  • 2000Max coins jackpot
  • 729Max coins
  • YesScatter Symbol
  • YesFree spins available
  • NoBonus Game
  • NoBuy feature
  • MusicGame theme
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