In the spirit of all things Halloween, we’re turning our attention to some of the spookier slots doing the rounds right now. After all, what better time of year to dive into something a little bit sinister? Horror-themed slots have the potential to be anything from cute and quirky to downright terrifying, just as some are so much more immersive and captivating than others. So to help steer your decision in the right direction, we’re going through a few of most popular titles out there with our own fine-toothed comb.
And even if it doesn’t happen to be Halloween, you’ll still have frighteningly good fun with a spooky slot or two!
First up, SpellCraft has been doing the rounds for a while now and has a pretty strong following. It’s a relatively simple five-reel slot with 27 paylines, which are all active with every spin. This in turn means that the minimum bet per spin is 27p, though high-rollers can take things as high as £81 per spin. Stacked wilds, a pick me round and free spins all spice up the action, which is not so much scary as it is spellbinding.
Leading the charge are three pretty friendly witches, who’ve apparently invited players into some kind of fantastical forest. It’s worth saying at this point that the soundtrack is great and will be buzzing around your head for days after playing. The symbols themselves take the form of cauldrons, voodoo dolls, black cats, potions and amulets, along with the usual playing card values. There’s also a spell book you’ll be wanting to keep your fingers crossed for, which is worth up to 600X your payline if you score six in a row.
Of yes, there’s a sixth reel in play too in the form of a ‘Ghost Reel’ special feature, which you’ll activate upon hitting at least three scatter symbols in any positions. When the Ghost Reel is activated, you’re playing with free spins across six reels instead of five. Three scatters will score you nine free spins, four scatters are good for 12 free spins and five scatters will give you 15 free spins to play with. In addition, you can keep on winning free spins during the bonus feature up to a maximum of 30, if you’re lucky.
The Power of Three feature leaps into actions if you manage to land a bonus, scatter and wild symbol all at the same time. When it happens, the wilds on the screen expand to cover their respective wheels. Wilds are limited to the middle three reels during normal play, though can appear on the first four reels during the Ghost Reel feature.
Last up, there is the SpellCraft Bonus Game which can be accessed upon landing at least three blonde witch symbols at the same time. You’ll be presented with five objects and asked to take your pick over the course of four rounds. The jackpot is the ‘disclosure’ symbol that opens up the whole lot and awards you all of them, while individual prizes include 2X multipliers, coins for cash prizes and ingredients to concoct the potion – worth 30X your bet if you complete it.
And that’s where it comes to an end with SpellCraft, which to be honest does a great job balancing simplicity with enjoyment. The theme itself is pretty great on the whole and just perfect for Halloween, with solid visuals and a genuinely enjoyable soundtrack. The special features and bonus rounds aren’t what you’d call ground-breaking, but the sixth ‘Ghost Reel’ really does add a nice touch to it all. It’s a medium-variance game on the whole and one that’s definitely worth checking out by fans of the spooky stuff.
Blood Lore Wolf Pack
As for Blood Lore Wolf Pack, you immediately get the sense that this was designed to appeal primarily to those with a taste for all-things ‘Twilight’. Not that it has anything to do with the franchise, but it’s certainly built around the same theme…as the name quite rightly suggests.
The slot comes from the folks at NextGen Gaming and features five reels with 20 paylines in total. Tested across dozens of mobile devices and platforms, it proves to have zero compatibility issues and performed smoothly across the board. And just in case you wondered, yes…it is in fact the follow-up to Blood Lore Vampire Clan – also highly recommended for Halloween.
Play starts from 40p per spin with the maximum bet set at £80 per spin, if you’re feeling really lucky. In terms of its overall looks, it’s pretty much the same tale as its predecessor from top to bottom. As such, it’s not what you’d call the most stunning slot and the symbols are all a little on the basic side. Still, it can at least be said that the piano soundtrack is more than a little on the sinister side.
Spin the reels to hear those wolves howl and you’ll be watching playing cards, pendants, potions and the wolves themselves whizz by. If you’re lucky enough to hit five wolves in a row, you’ll be looking at a massive 5,000X your stake. Which means that if you decided to put the full £80 on the line…well, let’s just say your life might never be the same again!
Wild symbols appear in the form of a wolfman, which is confined to the second and fourth reels only. It’s good for taking the place of any other symbol, including the moon symbol which is the slot’s scatter. If you land two wilds on the second and fourth reels at the same time, you’ll enter the Re-Spin feature.
When this happens, the wilds on the second and fourth reels will expand to cover the whole reels, giving you two 100% wild reels to play with. The rest of the reel will then spin five times, giving you the potential to score massive wins. It’s hardly the most creative feature, but with that 5,000X werewolf multiplier to play for, it certainly gets exciting.
Feature-wise, Blood Lore Wolf Pack is lacking a little in depth and creativity, while the graphics might be interpreted as a bit of a let-down. Still, it’s fun enough for the odd spin here and there and if you are lucky enough to hit those wilds, you might just find yourself howling all the way to the bank!