Serial killers, spirits and sorcery – SlotBeats’ Halloween round-up 

    Amidst carving pumpkins and watching some of our favourite horror films, the SlotBeats team has worked its way through some of the most spine-tingling slot releases from the Halloween season. 

    In this round-up, we’ll be guiding you through our favourite frightening picks including Hacksaw Gaming’s bone-nanza, Stakelogic’s hellish horror show, Swintt’s monster mash and much more. 

    Play’n GO – Count Jokula

    In this 5×3 reel, five-payline slot, Play’n GO introduces players to a blood-sucking jester that offers players multiplied wins through sticky wild respins. 

    Head of Games at Play’n GO, Charlotte Miliziano, stated: “We listen to our fans, and Play’n GO aims to tailor the gaming experience to what the current climate asks of us. With Halloween right around the corner, it was only right to commemorate our Joker series with its first horror title.”

    “There’s lots to love about the game – from the vintage-inspired aesthetic and the character design, to Count Jokula. The simple layout paired with the respin feature is truly something special.”

    Low value symbols come in the form of various different fruits, with cherries, lemons, grapes and plums. If the right amount of matching combinations land on a single spin then these symbols can offer between x0.4 and x1 the player’s bet. 

    Next up, goblets and daggers depict the medium value symbols, offering between x1.4 and x2 the player’s preferred bet. 

    Vampire bats and Count Jokula himself represent the highest-paying symbols in this title. These symbols can offer between x4 and x10, depending on the amount of winning combinations that land at once. 

    The Count Jokula symbol also works as a wild feature, substituting for all symbols in the game.

    Forming a winning combination with the Count Jokula wild in the middle reel will trigger respins, showcasing an increased multiplier to be applied to any potential payouts as the wilds stay sticky on the reels. Players can gain up to seven respins. 

    On any random non-winning base game spin, any present wild symbols can shapeshift and cover different areas on the board to provide a win from an unsuccessful spin. 

    Swintt – Monster Disco

    Swintt has danced into spooky season with its latest Halloween slot release that invites players to a deadly disco. With 5×4 reels and 25 win lines, this slot offers an RTP of 94.97 per cent with a high volatility. 

    David Mann, Chief Executive Office at Swintt, said: “To get players in the mood to raise some hell this Halloween, Swintt are inviting all slot wizards, witches and warlocks to come and shake their stuff on the haunted dancefloor of Monster Disco XtraHold – a spooky new slot in the Swintt Select range.

    “Boasting the popular XtraHold mechanic that we debuted a few months ago in Mystic Bear XtraHold and a free spins feature that comes with colossal 3×4 mega symbols, the slot promises all players a ghoulishly good time and a series of monster prizes that are large enough to wake the dead.”

    During the base game, if the player lands either three, four or five super scatters in a single spin, it will trigger the free spins mode, awarding players with five, eight or 10 free spins respectively. 

    During the free spins feature, the game’s central three reels will be merged to create a giant 3×4 mega symbol, with this making it easier to land five-of-a-kind combos and trigger the slot’s pay-outs. 

    Furthermore, landing three or more additional scatter symbols will also re-trigger the free spins, expanding the player’s play time. 

    The gold vinyl disc symbol, meanwhile, will activate the game’s signature XtraHold feature – a bonus that first debuted in Mystic Bear XtraHold. In order to trigger this extra, players will need to land at least six gold discs anywhere on the reels, at which point they’ll all spin around to reveal cash prizes and an initial batch of three re-spins will be awarded.

    Red Tiger – Tricks and Treats

    With its latest low-volatility title, Red Tiger got into the Halloween spirit with a 5×4 reel, 25-payline slot that responds to the question trick or treat with ‘both.’ 

    “Tricks and Treats is a spooktacular online slot that evokes the atmosphere of Halloween in an instant,” James Jones, Head of Business Development at Evolution.

    “The teams have created a game that offers mysterious excitement with scary-cute crawlers and a great twist to scatters. Tricks and Treats is the perfect tribute to the globally popular Halloween celebration.”

    Trick pumpkins can land on the reels as a wild feature, substituting for all symbols in the game other than the scatters.

    These wilds can appear with multiplier values to be applied to any win formed on a spin they appear on, including treat candy instant-pays.

    Treat candy symbols act as scatter-pays, revealing instant cash prices to be awarded whenever they drop into play. 

    Finally, Halloween free spins text symbols are included. Landing three of these on the same spin will trigger the Halloween spins feature.

    During these free spins, all multipliers revealed by trick pumpkin wilds are accumulated and stored, remaining active for the duration of the bonus game mode.

    Hacksaw Gaming – Break Bones

    Spooky, scary skeletons send shivers down your spine in Hacksaw Gaming’s latest 3×3 reel slot that uses 17-paylines to offer players a maximum win of up to x3,333 their stake. 

    A skeleton fist depicts the EchoSpins feature, showcasing the amount of spins to be awarded using the skeleton’s fingers meaning one to five spins are on offer. 

    EchoSpins are triggered on a winning spin featuring the skeleton fist symbol. This skeleton fist will work as a wild symbol to help form a winning payout. It will then reveal the amount of EchoSpins to be awarded. 

    These EchoSpins then play out, duplicating the triggering spin to provide another identical payout. However, the EchoSpins introduces a win multiplier at the top of the screen to enhance the re-triggered payout. 

    Wild symbols are also available, represented by a skeleton hand. These wilds can offer a payout of x4 if the right amount of wilds land on a winning payline and will substitute for all aforementioned paying symbols. 

    Wild symbols can appear with multiplier values, applying them to any potential wins that the wild contributes to. These values can be x2, x3, x4, x5, x10, x25, x50 or x100.

    When three bonus game symbols land on the reels, the player is awarded 10 free spins. During these free turns, there is a higher chance of landing EchoSpins symbols. 

    Stakelogic – Devil’s Trap

    Ride the highway to hell in Stakelogic’s latest spooky slot title, which presents players with 5×3 reels and 20-paylines and uses nudging wilds and bonus reels to offer a maximum win of up to x10,000 the player’s bet. 

    Olga Bajela, CCO at Stakelogic, commented: “Devil’s Trap is not a game for the faint-hearted and promises players the fright of their lives as well as lots of big win potential for those brave enough to spin its spooky reels.

    “This is the perfect slot for operators looking to mark the Halloween season but be warned, players may never be the same again after experiencing the terrors of the Devil’s Trap.”

    When activated, the bonus reel sits over reels one and two. This bonus reel then spins to reveal one of many different prizes to be awarded to the player. 

    Prizes available on the bonus reel include instant wins of x2, x5, x10, x20, x50, x100 or x200. Players can also win a respin where between three and 10 random wilds are placed on the board. 

    Furthermore, players can also be awarded 10, 15 or 20 free spins from the bonus reel. Scatters can appear during the free spins to award another bonus reel feature. 

    During the free spins, a multiplier reel to the side of the board selects a new value to multiply any wins from each free turn. This multiplier value ranges from no multiplier to x100 the player’s stake. 

    Nudging wilds can also appear in the free spins, appearing in stacks of two or three pumpkin symbols. These wilds nudge down to cover the entire reel that they land on. 

    Platipus – Hallowin 

    Spooky spins are on offer in Platipus’ latest nightmarish slot title that uses a 5×3 reel set with 50-paylines to offer a chance of winning one of four jackpot prizes. 

    Castle wilds can appear on the reels, either as 1×1 size or expanded to cover more spaces. These wilds substitute for all symbols other than the scatter and bonus symbols and can offer a payout between x0.3 and x2, depending on the amount of wilds that land on a winning payline. 

    Scatter symbols appear as cauldrons, triggering the free spins feature if three or more land on the reels at once. These scatters can also provide a payout between x2 and x50 depending on the amount of scatters that land on a payline. 

    With the free spins feature, 10 spins are initially awarded to the player. If three or more scatters land on the same free spins then an additional five free spins will be provided. 

    With the spooky spins, the pumpkins that triggered the feature will stay sticky on the reels while five spins are provided. Players will aim to land as many additional pumpkins as they can, as only pumpkins can drop into play. 

    These pumpkins can appear with monetary values between x1 and x20 the player’s bet as well as jackpot prizes of mini, minor and major tiers. Other features displayed on the pumpkins include a plus one  symbol, which awards an extra spooky spin. 

    If players can manage to fill all 15 spaces on the board with pumpkins then they will be taken to the jackpot wheel. This wheel will spin to award either jackpot prize, including the grand jackpot prize that is not present on pumpkins in spooky spins. 

    Blue Guru Games – Spring Heeled Jack

    Evade the deadly grasp of a serial killer on the hunt in Blue Guru Games’ latest spooky slot title. This game showcases jumping jack spins and mystery symbols to enhance a 5×3 reel set with 243 ways to win. 

    Kristian Hassall, Commercial Manager at Blue Guru, stated: “We love the stories about Spring Heeled Jack and it’s perfect for a game. It’s a really atmospheric slot with some great features that really carry the narrative while delivering a really-exciting level of volatility.”

    Mystery mist symbols can drop into play, filling out entire reels. These mystery symbols will transform to match the symbols on the reel preceding them, including scatters. 

    During the free spins, up to three mystery symbol stacks can be added to reels two, three and four to turn into symbols that are present on the reels and increase the win potential of the free turns. 

    In the base game, symbols can appear with multipliers of x2, x3 or x5, applying it to any payouts that are formed using that symbol. If two symbols are part of a winning combination with separate multiplier values then these values will multiply together to enhance the payout. 

    During the free spins game mode, standard symbols can appear with these multiplier values in addition to a x10 multiplier. 

    Simon Hammon, Chief Product Officer at Relax Gaming, added: “Spring Heeled Jack is the perfect addition to our game library, offering an exciting narrative and highly engaging special features. In the face of endless options, creativity is the key to a truly successful slot game. 

    Gong Gaming – Witch Feature

    Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble. This Shakespearean witches’ mantra is replaying in our heads while playing Gong Gaming’s latest 5×4 reel, 50-payline slot that offers high symbol respins and random wilds. 

    Three different potion bonus symbols can drop into play with red, blue and green variants. Multiple different combinations of these potions can cause different bonus features.

    If potion bottles land into play without being able to make a combination, they will turn into a question mark explosion symbol that eventually reveals a high-paying symbol.

    Landing one of each potion colour on the board will trigger the high symbols respin, awarding a free spin to the player with only high-paying symbols.

    If players land two blue and one red potion, a respin is awarded with random wilds placed across the reel set.

    Two green potions and one red will trigger a respin with a win multiplier between x2 and x10 to increase the win potential.

    If players can land one green and two blue potions then a respin is granted with wilds of 2×2 and 3×3 sizes dropping into play. 

    All of these features are accessible during the free spins. Landing any scatters on the board during the free turns will award an additional free spin but landing two free spins symbols will award an additional 10.

    Big Time Gaming – Castle of Terror

    One of our recent Slot of the Week picks, Big Time Gaming’s blood-thirsty title impressed with its holy water wild features and shapeshifting vampire symbols on a 6×4 reel set with 4,096 ways to win. 

    On every spin in the base game, there is a chance that two or more symbols will be hit by holy water, causing the medium and high-paying character symbols to turn wild and increase a win multiplier on the top of the reels by one. 

    This win multiplier will be applied to any subsequent wins caused by the holy water feature.  

    Landing three or more of these scatters will award the free spins feature with 12 free turns. If at least one of the castles triggering the feature is golden, the enhanced free spins feature will be activated.

    In the standard free spins feature, the win multiplier above the reels starts at one and increases by one every time a character symbol becomes wild, as holy water lands on the reels with every spin. 

    With the enhanced feature, this win multiplier starts at two and increases by two with each character symbol turning wild. In both features, reaching a win multiplier of 20 awards the player an extra six free spins.

    Inspired Gaming – Big Scary Fortune

    Our final Halloween pick comes from Inspired Gaming, who have offered players a chance of winning big pumpkin bonuses on a 5×3 reel set with 10-paylines. 

    Cauldron scatter symbols are featured, triggering the big scary fortune bonus if three or more land on the reels at once. Additionally, a pumpkin man depicts the wild feature. These wilds can only appear in the bonus game modes but will substitute for all symbols other than the scatter. 

    Before the big scary fortune game mode, players will be presented with a match three pumpkins game mode. This decides the value of a big pumpkin that will appear during the free spins. 

    Players have to pick pumpkins from a patch of six, nine or 12, depending on the amount of scatters that landed to trigger the feature. Each pumpkin can represent a value between x20 and x100 the player’s bet. 

    Once players have selected three pumpkins of the same value, this prize will be attributed to the big scary fortune spins. 

    In the big scary fortune game mode, wilds land on the reels to collect all values of any pumpkins that are also present on the board. 

    During this feature, an unlimited amount of free spins are awarded to the player, with the game ending once the big pumpkins land on the reels to be collected by the wild pumpkin man. 

    If a big pumpkin lands on the reels with no wilds present, it will stay sticky on the reel set until one drops in to claim its prize.