The best of the ghoulish slots from Microgaming

The best of the ghoulish slots from Microgaming

My personal belief is that you are either a comedy fan, or a horror fan. I'm not saying you can't enjoy both, but I tend to find that people are drawn towards one type of entertainment than another and I am firmly in the hearty giggling, slapping your thigh with tears in your eyes camp.

However, there are millions of people out there that enjoy a good old bump in the dark spooky story, or just a plain old horror slasher and the good news for those people is that Microgaming has developed a number of slot games that certainly head down this route. Admittedly, you aren't going to see Freddy Krueger crawl out of your TV screen or Jason pop his hockey-mask clad face around your monitor, but some of these slots will give you the heebie-jeebies!

So without any further ado, let's take a look at some of Microgaming's most impressive spooky, scary or just downright weird and eerie slots.

  1. Immortal Romance
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 6.00
  • Free Spins? - Yes

Immortal Romance is a fabulous slot that has rightly earned its place in the pantheon of great Microgaming games and it just happens to be all about vampires, werewolves mixed in with a touch of romance.

It is based on the structure of the Thunderstruck II slot, which is one of the best slot games of all time, so you will find it has 5-reels, 243 Ways to Win and a massive 60,000 coin jackpot in the base game and the opportunity to earn an eye-watering 3,645,000 coins as the jackpot, which is even more than Thunderstruck II can muster.

There's four great Free Spins bonus features that you play through in order (four times each before you can then select which of the four games to play when triggered) and these are triggered by landing three or more Scatters across the reels, which is the lion door knocker symbol. The slot also features a great random bonus called Wild Desire, which can turn up to four reels completely Wild to award you some sizeable base game wins.

  1. Lost Vegas
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 45.00
  • Free Spins? - Yes

Do you want to play as a survivor or as a Zombie? Or maybe both? Well in the stunning Lost Vegas slot from Microgaming you can flick between either side at the touch of a button on every spin. This 5-reel 243 Ways to Win slot is absolutely jam-packed with nice touches including different bonus features depending on whether you are spinning as a survivor or as a zombie.

What is good is that you are not penalised by picking one mode over the other as the bonuses mirror each other. So you will find each mode has its own base game bonus feature, which is triggered at random when the spins kick in. These are the Blackout Bonus and the Zombie's Fist of Cash feature and both award random cash prizes to the player.

Each mode also has its own Free Spins feature which also has its own additional features such as the Infection feature in Zombie mode, and the stashed prize option in the survivor mode. With cartoon style graphics, great flexibility in the game play and the ability to play through both modes at will - without having to unlock it by achieving something in the game - Lost Vegas ticks all the boxes as a great horror-comedy slot.

  1. Jekyll and Hyde
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.25
  • Max Bet - 25.00
  • Free Spins? - Yes

The famous story of split-personalities where the nice Dr Jekyll takes a potion which turns him into the evil Mr Hyde. The slot is based loosely on Robert Louis Stevenson's original book and has a relatively small jackpot of 1,500 coins, although this can still be a considerable sum, especially if you play for the higher coin amounts per spin.

As the game progresses the mood of the slot changes as Dr Jekyll is close to turning into Mr Hyde. You can trigger the Free Spins bonus by landing three Scatters on the reels which will give you an initial 10 Free Spins and you will see the Dr Jekyll symbols have now turned into Mr Hyde, which will give you 300 times your stake if you land five across the reels. You can re-trigger 10 more Free Spins if you land three Scatters during the Free Spins bonus round.

What is important to note with the Jekyll and Hyde slot is that unlike most 243 Ways to Win games which tend to be lower to medium variance, this is a higher variance slot which means fewer wins but the chances are that when you hit a win, you should hit a sizeable one.

  1. Beautiful Bones
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 15.00
  • Free Spins? - Yes

This rather unusual 5-reel slot with 243 Ways to Win is inspired by the Day of the Dead parade, which was brought to wider attention after it was the opening sequence in the popular James Bond film Spectre. There's an 8,000 coin jackpot up for grabs too which will certainly interest any who decide to try out a few spins.

There's the usual mix of playing card low symbols and some higher value symbols all based on the Day of the Dead celebrations and the game has two key bonus features. The first of these is the Wild Spin Again bonus which is when you get a 3 of a kind winning combination and the middle of this combination then becomes Wild with a free re-spin awarded to see if you can land another win.

The second attraction is the Free Spins bonus game which is triggered after you have collected 10 Sugar Skull Scatters over the reels, not on one spin but over a period of time. You can elect to trade in 10 Sugar Skull Scatters for 10 Free Spins with a 3x multiplier, or you can keep collecting to get 20 skulls for 15 Free Spins with a 4x multiplier or the maximum 30 Sugar Skulls for 18 Free Spins with a 5x multiplier.

  1. Phantom of the Opera
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 15.00
  • Free Spins? - Yes

This opulent slot is based on the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical. It is a 5-reel game that consists of 243 Ways to Win rather than pay lines and a host of different bonus features, as well as all the memorable characters from the cast of the film, including those played by famous names such as Minnie Driver and Simon Callow.

Set at an opera, Phantom of the Opera slot's five reels are surrounded by red velvet curtains and you can tell that Microgaming invested a lot of money on this slot. The graphics are superb and the music is adapted from the show and the effect is stunning, especially when used with animations on the reels. There's two nice bonus features, the Letter bonus which occurs when the letter is landed on reel five and awards you a 20x your stake win, plus the Chandelier Bonus which drops a chandelier onto the reels turning either two or three of them entirely Wild.

Three or more Scatters, which is the Phantom Mask, will allow you to pick from three bonus features, the Masquerade Pick bonus which is a 3-level Pick'em Bonus game, plus two Free Spins options the Music of the Night Free Spins and the All I Ask Of You Free Spins. Each of which has its own different features and bonuses in play.

  1. Halloween
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 50
  • Min Bet - 0.50
  • Max Bet - 200
  • Free Spins? - Yes

Halloween was the first slasher film to gain plenty of critical acclaim and it is famous for two things, the screen debut of Jamie Lee Curtis and the creation of the terrifyingly murderous villain Michael Myers. This slot is a faithful homage to that film and is a slot with 3 symbols on the first and fifth reels but four on the middle three reels, but that can change as the game goes along.

That's because the Halloween slot features Wandering Reels with Jumbo Blocks, which are the large 3x3 symbols of the characters from the film. The Wandering Reels part comes from the fact that the three reels that has four symbols can shift along the reels at random. To help you land winners there are the usual Wild and Scatter symbols which can access the Trick or Treat Wheel. Spin the wheel and you can win a cash prize of up to 10x your standard bet stake.

There's also the Boogeyman Bonus, which allows you to reveal cash prizes and multipliers from a selection on screen, but if you pick the symbol that hides Michael, then he will slash the screen and the game will end. Land any of the characters in the Trick or Treat Wheel and you trigger 9 Free Spins although you can't earn more spins from within the bonus in this feature.

  1. Phantom Cash
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 25
  • Min Bet - 0.25
  • Max Bet - 125
  • Free Spins? - Yes

Do you remember the film Ghostbusters? Well, there's now two films with that name, but the idea of catching ghosts is not a new one and the Phantom Cash slot from Microgaming takes us on a journey back to Victorian England, but it has also given the game a steampunk feel which really does capture the essence of a creepy slot game quite nicely.

It's a 5-reel slot with 25 lines in play at all times and what is notable about this slot is that it has some sizeable payouts in the base game alone with up to 10,000 coins winnable with the highest value standard symbol, while you could win up to 25,000 if you land five of the Haunted House Scatters across the reels.

The heroes of the game are Thurmingham and Carstairs, two ghost catchers who also serve as Wild symbols and offer a 2x multiplier on any wins they are part of, although they only appear on the first and fifth reels respectively. The biggest bonus feature is the Ghost Zap feature which sees the two heroes capture ghosts on their row offering a range of cash prizes.

  1. Watts Up
  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 120
  • Free Spins? - Yes

With a top jackpot prize of 96,000 coins, as well as the ever-popular 243 Ways to Win across the reels, the Dr. Watts Up slot is based on the story of a manic doctor who is creating all kinds of weird and unusual items in his laboratory. As you would expect these items feature heavily on the reels and include a number of laboratory items, as well as his assistant which seems to be a crazed monkey and a rather attractive young lady.

The game also comes with a number of features including the chance to play through 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins if you hit three or more Scatter symbols. During this bonus, on each free spin reel is turned completely Wild at random. Land the Trigger the Lab Rat symbol on the first, third and fifth reels and you trigger the bonus game where you get to mix two test tubes to claim a cash prize. You can then elect to claim the prize, or mix the tubes differently to see if you get a larger win.

Dr Watts Up may be more comedic than scary but it still has a nice little edge to it and when you consider the value of the top prizes on the slot and the good value 0.30 minimum bet for 243 Ways to Win, it is little wonder that the Doc remains very popular with slot fans to this day.

You can play all of these slots at any of the Mega Moolah casinos.

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