October comes around sooner than you think and with it comes the much loved and sometimes feared holiday of Halloween. It makes sense that game developers want to jump on the Halloween bandwagon and bring the scares and frights to you 365 days a year. Hailing from the haunted libraries of 1×2 Gaming, we have Halloween Horrors; enter if you dare!
Halloween Horrors is a 5-reel, 25 pay line slot that offers players a spooky RTP of 96.26%. Set inside a menacing graveyard scene, with the moon hanging low and bats circling the gravestones. There are even pumpkins on each side of the reels denoting the pay lines available! Your reels spin transparently against this backdrop and are full of Halloween themed symbols. As the reels spin there is a rather scary soundtrack playing along, filled with nightmarish sounds such as screams, creaks and voices. The reels themselves sound like someone is knocking on a heavy wooden door, which is fab as it really adds to the atmosphere of the game.
Bet Amounts – Betting on Halloween Horrors begins at 1p per line in play and can be increased up to 50p per line in play. This means that spins can run from just 1p per spin up to the maximum of £62.50 per spin. There are three things you can alter when amending your bet in Halloween Horrors. Those are the coin value, the coin level and the pay lines in play. When you click into the bet section which is found to the left of the reels you will see three reels, each one relating to one of the changeable options. Move these reels until you are happy with the bet amount that is showing above them. Once you reach the desired bet amount hit the green go button to return to the game.
Wild Symbol – A pumpkin with the word wild in green above its head, is your wild symbol in Halloween Horrors. It will substitute for all other symbols except the x2 scatters that are present in this game.
Scatter Symbols – There are x2 scatter symbols in play here, one is present throughout the main game only and one only the bonus game. The first scatter is a grinning skull with the word scatter written above its head in red. This scatter will trigger your bonus feature and you need to land 3 or more anywhere on the reels to do so. It also awards scatter wins on top of any line wins present on the reels too.
- X3 scatter symbols will award x22 your bet amount as an extra win,
- X4 scatter symbols will award x80 your bet amount as an extra win,
- X5 scatter symbols will award x400 your bet amount as an extra win.
The second scatter symbol in the game is a spooky looking headstone and it only appears in the bonus spins feature. You can read about what the headstone scatter brings to the game in the bonus spins section below.
Other Symbols – High value symbols on Halloween Horrors are depicted with the witches hat, ghoul, bat, cat, zombie and spooky tree symbols. Low value symbols are the A, K, Q and J that have been designed to look like they are made of green slime.
Bonus Spins Feature – Having landed three or more of the grinning skull scatter symbol anywhere in view, you will have triggered the bonus spins. You will be allocated a number of spins which are dependent upon how many scatters were present when the feature triggered.
- X3 skull scatter symbols will award x5 bonus spins,
- X4 skull scatter symbols will award x10 bonus spins,
- X5 skull scatter symbols will award x15 bonus spins.
All wins during the bonus spins feature are awarded a x2 win multiplier to them. The headstone scatter symbol is now active in this round and will bring without some rather tasty treats for you.
- X2 headstone scatter symbols will award x7 your bet amount as a win,
- X3 headstone scatter symbols will award x30 your bet amount as a win,
- X4 headstone scatter symbols will award x100 your bet amount as a win,
- X5 headstone scatter symbols will award x200 your bet amount as a win.
The round cannot be retriggered, but there is plenty of potential within the bonus to land some pretty decent wins without a retrigger.
For a Halloween themed game, Halloween Horrors is not as spooky or scary as we would normally like it to be, but it is very playable and lots of fun. The animation of the symbols when they form part of a win is extremely amusing. Especially the ghost with its ghoulish cackle and the skull when it yells out “scatter” quite ominously!
As for the game itself, overall it has a lot of win potential especially once you get into the bonus and start landing those headstones. Thanks to not needing the scatters on a specific pay line this means the feature triggers regularly too, which is always a bonus in our eyes. Overall you will find main game wins occurring usually in the lower end of the pay scale and rising to the mid-range. This is whether or not you are playing with one or all lines active and whether you bet high or low. Obviously if you keep your bets high this return will pay off once you hit the double wins in the bonus game, it just depends on your personal choice. Halloween Horrors from 1×2 Gaming is certainly a game we will be visiting time and again!