The Zorro slot machine was introduced by Australian casino
game manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure in the late 1990s.
Although the swashbuckling hero Zorro has existed as a
fictional character since 1919, Aristocrat timed the release of
their slot machine version to coincide with 1998’s The Mask of
Zorro. Starring Antonio Banderas as the titular masked man and
Catherine Zeta-Jones as his damsel in distress, the film
reintroduced modern audiences to this classic figure.
While the game doesn’t incorporate actual film footage due to
a lack of licensure with the film studio, Aristocrat had dozens
of book, television, and film versions with which to synthesize
their take. The result is a cartoonish Zorro figure, but one who
remains instantly recognizable due to his signature black mask,
dueling sword, and bucking stallion.
The game’s background screen is lined with long vines and
rose flowers. This represents homage to the Zorro character’s
penchant for holding a single rose in his mouth as he fights off
enemies. Furthering the theme, the Zorro slot includes the
familiar Spanish guitar twangs typically used to announce the
hero’s arrival on screen.
Like most slot games designed by Aristocrat, the Zorro game
includes the standard array of card rank symbols, including 9,
10, J, Q, K, and A. Complementing these standard symbols are
several Zorro themed images taken straight from the character’s
most memorable stories. Among the symbols you can expect to see
when playing Zorro slots are various images of the man himself,
along with a bag of gold coins, barrels, Juliana’s face, the “Z”
sign sliced into the screen, Zorro’s famous dueling sword, his
trusty black steed Tornado, his bearded nemesis Monasterio, and
the letters Z, O, and R.
Of the hundreds of slot machine games released by Aristocrat
over the company’s long history, the Zorro game offers players
an opportunity to play at the highest stakes, with a maximum
wager amount of $175 per spin.