Halloween is based on the John Carpenter movie of the same title from 1978 movie. A classic slasher movie, it is a fan favourite, and last year Microgaming decided to turn it into a slot just in time for, you guessed it, Halloween. Once more Microgaming shows us what they’re capable of when creating a slot based on a movie, setting the scene for this horror slot in a great way.
You’re looking at the front porch of the house where it all begins. It’s a grey day, with the sun already setting in the distance. Dry leaves fall from above every once in a while. The soundtrack is quiet and creepy, making you feel a little jumpy, especially since Michael Myers lurks in the background behind some laundry hanging out to dry.
The character symbols, Laurie, Loomis, Annie and Lynda, are the high value symbols. Laurie, as the main character in the movie, pays out 10x our bet in a 5-of-a-kind winning combination. Loomis pays out 4x, Annie 3x and Lynda a little over 2x.
Various paraphernalia from the movie are added to the reels as low value symbols: gun, knife, clowns mask, telephone, match box, wool and needles. Additionally, we get the slasher wild and the bonus wheel scatter.
One of the main features of the base game are the wandering reels. It’s visually as interesting as it can be a little irritating. A part of the front porch three reels wide moves along the reels and even adds a fourth row of symbols to make it possible to get those 50 paylines.
The reels wander on almost every spin, covering either reels 1, 2, 3 or 2, 3, 4 or 3, 4 and 5. What makes this feature particularly interesting are the Mega Symbols of the four main characters, which can stop on the wandering reels at any time. When they do, big wins are possible. In fact, we managed to score two mega wins in a row, giving us 150x our bet back.
Collecting three bonus wheel symbols will trigger the bonus wheel. You get to spin in to earn cash prizes or trigger either free spins or the Boogey Man bonus. You could, for instance, spin twice and win cash prizes and trigger free spins on the third spin.
Boogey Man bonus: Turn over a bunch of leaves to win cash prizes with increasing multipliers. Get the knife and Michael Myers comes slashing at you, ending the feature.
Free spin: Hit one of the four main characters on the bonus wheel to trigger 9 free spins. Whichever character you got, he or she will now appear more frequently on the reels, especially as a mega symbol, enhancing your chances at bigger wins.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Halloween is 96.01%. This is a fairly volatile slot, meaning you will need to watch your budget on this one. And it won’t often feel as if you’re winning decent amounts. Indeed, in the base game the mega symbols will be the feature to look out for. They can provide you with fantastic wins, if you’re lucky.
Halloween is worthwhile fun and if you like it creepy and dark, you’ll definitely want to give it a try. Playing it throughout October will get you into the mood for All Hallow’s Eve most effectively and if you score a big win, you’ll be walking away happily instead of cowering afraid in the corner. The game has been quite well done and you’ll be having a lot of fun with it, if you like it spooky.
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