Tabasco has been one of the more popular themed slot machines in casinos over the years. The game originally hit casino floors as a reel slot machine manufactured by IGT. Today, it’s more commonly found in casinos as a video slot machine. You’ll mostly find the 12-line, 5x maximum bet slot machine on the main casino floor in the penny denomination. However, as you see below, you’ll sometimes find this video slot machine in the high limits room.
When you see a Tabasco slot machine in casinos today, you’ll usually find an older version of the game. The hot sauce inspired theme stood out enough that other manufacturers have created their own version. You may find newer non-branded “hot sauce” or “chili pepper” games but none these game match the vintage Tabasco video slot machine. IGT has tried to keep up with the competition. The Tabasco theme has been so popular that it spawned a sequel called Chez Tabasco. This version of the game also has 5 reels but has 20 lines, multipliers, and a free spin bonus.
Tabasco is a slot machine with a southern flare. To be specific, the game is inspired by cajun food, drink, and lifestyle. The music has a zydeco feel while the voices have a New Orleans accent. Tabasco features symbols mostly comprised of generic southern inspired food and hot sauces. Game symbols include gumbo, frying fish, habanero sauce, garlic sauce, and the famed Tabasco logo which doubles as a Wild symbol.
This video slot machine became popular because of the bright colors, images of food and fun gameplay. It remains popular because of the 200,000 credit maximum payout. That’s a nice win for penny slot machine players, but it’s a huge jackpot for high limits slot machine players betting $1 per line. The newer version, Chez Tabasco, doubles the maximum payout with 400,000 credits.
The Tabasco video slot machine has two different bonus rounds. These bonuses aren’t the traditional free spins or multiplier bonuses you’ll see in many video slot machines today. When three or more Tabasco Country Store symbols land on a pay line, the game launches the Country Store bonus round.
This bonus round is simple. The goal is to have three different Tabasco products in a grid of squares shown above the reels. When three different pepper sauce items are uncovered, the matched items credit values are totaled for the bonus award. This is a fun bonus round because it features fun animation with a single symbol rotating on the regular video slot game.
The Kitchen with Claude bonus is the other game. This bonus round is activated when the three Cajun chef symbols line up across reels two, three, and four. This is the more interactive bonus round of the two you can win. This pick ‘em style game requires you to gather three ingredient symbols from the board. Similar to the Country Store bonus, you’ll receive a winning number of credits.
The Tabasco-themed video slot machines have medium volatility. This should allow for more gameplay than other highly volatile slot machines. The more time you have to play the game, the more spins you should have, and the better your chances of hitting a large jackpot.
The flare of the Tabasco, the simplicity of the bonus rounds, and the potential for big jackpots have helped make Tabasco one of the more popular slot machines in casinos today.