Ok, so it’s not exactly the normal time of year to be going into all-things spooky and scary. But at the same time, Halloween is just too far away for us to hold off on highlighting these two particular slots ‘til then. Besides, plenty of people are into the sinister side of things 365 days a year! So if this is the kind of thing that lights your fire, check out our rundown of Blood Suckers and Halloween Fortune – both of which could be just the ticket for you.
First up, Blood Suckers was cooked up by the folks at Net Entertainment – famed for unleashing some of the most outstanding virtual slots ever created. This time around, they’ve gone with the classic five-reel setup with 25 paylines, all of which are active with each spin. Wager anything from 25p to £50 per spin and keep your eyes peeled for a couple of devilish bonus features.
During normal play, the action is relatively limited and nothing to write home about. But then again, this is pretty standard for the vast majority of slots these days. As with most, it’s all about the bonus features which are where the real action is. If you land three or more bonus symbols in the form of the bloody stake a hammer, you’ll be whisked away to an ancient burial chamber with a contingency of coffins.
Which is actually a good thing, as this is a pick-me round where each vampire you uncover and kill will reward you with a payout. The feature comes to an end when you open an empty coffin, though by this time you’ll have hopefully made the trip worthwhile! It’s possible to win a maximum of 178X your stake, though wins in the region of 10X to 50X are more likely. Either way, not bad at all.
Of course, there’s also the Free Spins bonus round to play for which is perhaps the more enjoyable of the two on offer. The Vampire Bride scatter symbol needs to appear at least three-strong in any positions, but it’s better if you land four or five. For four scatters, you’ll get 25X your stake as a bonus while five of them will land you 100X times your stake.
In all instances, 10 free spins are on the cards and all winds are multiplied 3X. The free spins can be re-triggered by landing three or more scatters once again during the round, while the biggest win on offer during the feature is a whopping 900X your stake. Not that this kind of cash is paid out very often, but the standard prize payouts to expect are nothing to be sniffed at for sure.
What else? Not a great deal really, but Blood Suckers is definitely worth checking out. The two bonus rounds are both great and the way the whole thing is put together is very nice. There’s not much to say about the base game, but this really is pretty standard across most slots these days. It’s all about the bonus games – Blood Suckers having two that are simply superb!
The second slot under our microscope today comes courtesy of Playtech – another market-leader with a reputation for pure excellence. Another classic five-reel setup with 20 paylines to play for, spins start from 20p and go as high as £100. With a spooky theme and hefty jackpots to play for, there’s no need to wait until late-October to get stuck into this highly entertaining slot.
In the same sense as Blood Suckers, normal play is for the most part a little on the slow side. Though in this case, there’s the Jack-O-Lantern wild symbol, which if you manage to land five in a row is good for 10,000 coins on the spot. Hit this superb jackpot and chances are you’ll have nothing but good things to say about the base game!
For the most part though, it’s the bonus games that steal the show. Halloween Fortune boasts the aptly-named Witches’ Brew Bonus feature, which you’ll be taken to upon landing the bonus Cauldron symbol on the first and fifth reels at the same time. You’ll be greeted by a trio of witches, who in this instance err more toward sexy than scary. You get to take your pick of the three, which will result in you being awarded a random number of free spins from three to 20.
But before you get started with your spins, you’ll also be asked to pick from six magic potions – each of which hides the multiplier that will be applied to every win throughout the free spins you’re give. This can be anything from 2X to 10X, meaning the best outcome is 20 free spins with a generous 10X multiplier. As an added bonus, it’s perfectly possible to re-trigger the free spins during the feature by landing the bonus symbols once again. This can keep going on indefinitely, meaning the potential to keep on winning and winning with those excellent multipliers attached.
Despite the fact that Halloween Fortune really has only this one bonus feature to play for, it’s more than enough to justify heading over for a few spins. You won’t get a great deal out of the base game, but if and when you get into the Witches’ Brew Bonus feature, you’ll find out exactly why it’s such a popular slot…and not just for Halloween, either!