We’re not sure why now is the right time to create a slot version of a 40-year-old film, but Halloween certainly has the kind of cult following that is likely to keep watching and keep playing all these years later.
The scary story of relentless, mask-wearing serial killer Michael Myers is a timeless classic of the horror movie world, but will it make you rich as well as terrified? Let’s find out in our Halloween slot game review.
As with most slot games tied into movies, it helps to have seen the movie it’s based on if you’re going to enjoy the game to its full, but you can still get the gist even if this is your first exposure to Halloween. The background to the reels is a creepy, abandoned house.
Fans of the movie will recognise it as Mike Myers’ old house that the protagonist’s father is trying to sell, and the movie references don’t stop there. All the symbols are unique, including characters from the film as well as items and weapons that are key to the plot: Knives, guns, a phone, Laurie, Loomis, Lynda, Annie and the knitting needle Michael is stabbed with.
The graphics are pretty realistic and photos from the film are used for the characters, so even newbies to the series will feel invested in the story. There is even a soundtrack from the film in the game as well as cool sound effects and animations that accompany wins, including a knife that stabs through the screen to slash the winning pay lines, so there’s a cinematic feel to the game too.
The Halloween slot game has 50 pay lines across its five reels, which is a decent amount, though the payouts that you can win on them are pretty disappointing. The most valuable symbol, Laurie, only pays 10x your stake for five, a figure that many games payout on three of the worst symbols. That said, the game has a pretty good RTP of 96.01%, indicating that the payouts get much better in the bonus games. One interesting feature that this game employs is the wandering reels format, during which a frame passes back and forth over the reels expanding three of the five reels to four rows at random, adding to your potential wins. Even better, all character symbols in the frame become expanding wilds that take over the reels.
Halloween has a Jack O’ Lantern wild that acts as a normal wild, substituting for other symbols, but on top of that it has a scatter that activates a cool and interesting mini-game. In the first instance, landing yourself three scatters activates the Trick Or Treat wheel, which will spin over and over again landing your different prizes. Some of the spaces are cash prizes that you get instantly, and this continues until you land one of two separate mini-games: Boogeyman and free spins.
Boogeyman is a pick and win game that lets you turn over leaves, revealing more prizes until you pick the leaf with Mike Myers under it. However, you can also find knives under there that can give you an extra life and stop the game ending when you find the killer. The second game is a standard free spins feature, giving you nine spins with all special symbols replaced with one of the four main characters for extra wins.
Movie tie ins can be very hit and miss, but this Halloween slot is a great example of how to do it well. Images, concepts and music from the movie are used really well throughout, but the game is still fun if you’re not a fan thanks to the fun movie inspired mechanics. If you like Halloween it will all make sense, but it will still be fun and profitable if not.