Vampire: The Masquerade Las Vegas slot review
Vampire themed slots have been some of the most popular ones developed in recent years with a number of different games proving popular from different developers.
Now there's a new game available to play from the people at Foxium and this one is a little different to any of the others that you will have played. This game has been integrated with Microgaming's Quickfire platform via an exclusive deal.1
Vampire: The Masquerade Las Vegas is the second slot in this series but this time the action is set on a somewhat dull and dismal day in the City of Sin, Las Vegas. Drizzle permeates the leaden sky and for good reason because we all know what direct sunlight can do to Vampires don't we?
With thunder bellowing at random times throughout the slot, this is a game that offers a wide range of different bonuses and it works well, both as a sequel to the first game and also a standalone slot for those who have not played the first game in the series.
Let's learn a little more now about the key features of the slot and what it is that makes it a game you should be looking to play as soon as possible.
- Game: Vampire: The Masquerade Las Vegas
- Developer: Foxium
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 20 (non-selectable)
- Minimum Bet: $0.20
- Maximum Bet: $4.00
- Jackpot: 150 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
I really like the presentation of this Foxium slot. All too often developers will head towards Gothic towers, cobwebs and creaking coffins when it comes to Vampire games but in this game Foxium have set it against the backdrop of Las Vegas, where the Vampires are going about their neck-chewing business in secret.
The whole slot has a sort of 1950s film noir feel and it works well. The soundtrack to it is also well designed being the right mix of exciting and unsettling. The backdrop for the slot is the cloud-enshrouded city of Las Vegas in the midst of a thunderstorm and in terms of setting the scene, it works very well indeed.
The controls of the slot are all at the foot of the screen and everything is self-explanatory here. As the game plays, you will discover that you win relatively frequently although the majority of wins tend to be small in value, with the occasional larger win coming along once in a while to boost your bankroll, just as a decent medium variance slot should play.
What is on the reels?
I like what Foxium have done with the symbols on the reels as the playing card low symbols are nowhere to be seen. Instead for the lower paying symbols you have five different artefacts to do with the vampire symbology and legend, including a rather doleful looking mask and a rudimentary crucifix. These offer pay outs (for a standard $1 spin) of between 0.25 and 25.00 coins and of course the wins are scaled depending on the size of your wager. Symbols are stacked on the reels so you can win on multiple pay lines on a single spin which increases the value of your wins considerably.
The higher value symbols are all to do with the film noir, vampire theme with a TV Screen shot, a newspaper headline, a forensic team searching what is presumably a murder scene and vials of blood offering wins from 1.25 coins up to 150 coins depending on whether you land three, four or five on a pay line.
These are not the only symbols on the reels however but the other symbols all unlock key bonus features of the slot as we will explore below.
The large W is the Wild Feature on the slot and this can substitute for any of the standard symbols to help create one or more winning pay lines on a spin. You can also land the biggest base game win of 400 coins by landing five of the Wilds across the reels on a single spin.
The Wild symbol is also on the reels during the free spins bonus round.
Free Spins features
The two large Vampire and Prey symbols are the key to unlocking free spins. As you play through the base game, they will start to fill their bars. The red bar on the left is the number of free spins you collect (which increases by one each time the Vampire bites the Prey on the neck) and the other bar is the multiplier (which increases when he kisses her hand).
When you hit 15 free spins, the bonus triggers automatically and when it does, you spin a special reel which will unlock a bonus feature that will be in use during the bonus round. This can be the Dominate Discipline which turns the Prey Symbol Wild and will add more of these symbols to the reels. The Fortitude Discipline will turn one to six positions on the reels into Wilds at random and the Presence Discipline will see four Wilds shifted at random across the reels on every spin.
In addition to the Free Spins bonus round, there is also a Pick Me Bonus which is awarded if you land the smaller Vampire and Prey scatter on the first, third and fifth reels. When you do you play through the Pick Me bonus, game where you get to play through up to six rounds selecting one of five cards. You have two ‘lives' in this game and you lose a life if you select the skull card.
Progress through the rounds to earn yourself an increasing cash prize and if you reach the final round and the Vampire gets to sink his teeth into his prey before you lose all your lives, you'll also receive a fantastic 50x your stake vampire bonus on top of the winnings you have achieved in the game.
Best feature of the Vampire The Masquerade Las Vegas slot
The best feature of the Vampire The Masquerade Las Vegas slot is it has high production values and it feels like you are playing through a game, as well as playing a slot. There is a genuine quest element with the collection of the free spins and multiplier in the base game and also when you trigger the Pick Me bonus game, this also feels like another quest game. This gives the slot a strong story and makes the player more invested on what happens on the screen. The bonus features are both very good, but the Free Spins bonus is much more difficult trigger than the Pick Me bonus.
Vampire The Masquerade Las Vegas is a very well put together slot. It does suffer in that its features are not explained particularly well in the help sections and that can be problematic if you have never played this type of quest slot before. However, once you are fully conversant with how the game plays, it is great fun to play and a game well worthy of adding to your list of games to play.
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1) Foxium chooses Microgaming's Quickfire platform
Byline: This article was published by Henry.