New Halloween slot from Microgaming is terror-ific fun!
John Carpenter's original Halloween movie in 1978 has become ingrained into the psyche of horror fans. Viewed by many as the natural continuation of Hitchcock's seminal Psycho, the story made an anti-hero of Michael Myers, the evil killer who stalks and kills throughout the series of films.
The original film however has become something of a classic and it is this original movie that the new Microgaming slot celebrates. Featuring a host of props and items from the film as well as a number of characters including Donald Pleasance as Dr Loomis and a young Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie in her first ever film role.
Halloween was a very scary film when first released and the question most fans will be asking is whether Microgaming have managed to capture this element of the movie in the slot version. Let's take a close look at this and some of the key features of the game.
- Game: Halloween
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 50 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: $0.50
- Maximum Bet: $200.00
- Jackpot: 1,500 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium to High
The Halloween slot is different to most other games as it has a Wandering reel feature which can move between the reels on different spins. In this part of the reels, there are four symbols on each payline and there are also Jumbo Blocks of symbols, which can lead to some higher value wins. The setting for the slot is a house, with washed towels billowing gently and autumnal leaves falling to the ground. It looks superb and with an eerie soundtrack, captures the nature of the film nicely.
What is on the reels?
The lower value symbols on the reels are a number of artifacts and items taken from the film and they include a clown mask, a telephone, a pair of knitting needles and a box of matches. Higher value symbols on the reels include four key characters from the film, Dr. Loomis, Lynda, Annie and Laurie and these offer significantly higher payouts than the lower value symbols and all four of these symbols appear as the Jumbo Symbols in the Wandering Reel feature.
The Halloween Symbol is the Wild in the game and when it lands it can be used to replace all the high and low value symbols to create winning pay lines. It can appear on the reels in the Wandering Reels bonus, but only as a standard sized symbol, not as a Jumbo symbol.
Free Spins and Other features
To trigger the bonus features in the Halloween slot you need to land three or more of the Bonus scatter symbol anywhere across the reels on a single spin. When you do, you trigger a Trick of Treat Wheel initially. You spin the wheel and when you do you will either win cash prizes of up to 10x your total stake, or you will trigger either the Boogeyman Bonus or Free Spins feature. You can keep spinning the Trick of Treat Bonus Wheel until you land one of the bonus features.
In the Boogeyman Bonus feature you have a choice of different leaves on screen and with each leaf you pick and reveal a cash prize, you win that cash prize and you also increase the multiplier by one. Find up to 10 cash bonuses in this game but be wary, if you pick a leaf that hides Michael, your prize is halved and the feature ends. If you select a knife, this can stop Michael ending the round and can increase the size of the bonus you will win. Find all 10 cash bonuses and you win an additional prize of 20x your total stake on top of your total winnings.
Alternatively, if you land the Free Spins feature then you will receive 9 free spins and the character that triggered the feature from the Trick or Treat wheel will be the only Jumbo Symbol on the Wandering Reel, which will give you a much better chance of landing a bigger value win with that character. Free Spins cannot be re-triggered from within the bonus round and once your nine spins are over you return to the base game.
Best feature of the Halloween slot
There's lots of lovely touches in the Halloween slot that make it a real joy to play. The presentation is excellent and the game is closely linked to the famous film by the characters and the symbols on the reels. However, the best feature for me is the Trick or Treat Wheel as it not only is the route into one of two bonus games, but also can award you some significant prizes in its own right, especially if you can keep landing the prize amounts before triggering one of the two bonus games. The prizes you win in this section can be somewhat variable, but that is the nature of a higher variance slot and is only to be expected. In general though, if you play for a decent number of spins, you tend to get a nice balance of wins from the bonus features.
Halloween is a very nicely put together slot that has some excellent visuals and sounds, remains loyal to the famous film that inspired it yet has its own twist in the shape of some creative features and some potentially great value bonus features. It is an enjoyable slot to play and it looks fantastic, especially on mobile devices, smartphones or PC's or Mac's with higher resolution screens. This is a fun slot, but one that you do need to exercise sensible bankroll management with in order to get the best out of it, without it costing you a lot of money in the long run.
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