Review of Halloween Fortune Slots
This was one of the easier reviews that I’ve written due to the fact that Halloween Fortune Slots doesn’t have a lot of intricate bonus rounds or reel features. Which isn’t surprising as most software developers won’t put too many resources into building something that will only attract players during a specific time of the year. Although there seem to be a lot of people out there who enjoy Christmas-themed titles all year round.
That said, this is definitely one of the better Halloween games available out there, so for those who like to get in the mood for All Hallows’ Eve while they gamble, this machine will give you the treats you’re looking for.
The major strength of this Playtech release is the graphics and animations since everything does look quite nice. The screenshots below will give you a little taste of the candy that they’re giving out to trick-or-treaters this year – looking good!
The storyline here is very straightforward: three beautiful witches have flown in on their broomsticks to offer you tricks and treats in the form of fun and prizes. In the bonus area you will meet them up close to help them make their witch’s brew. Once you’ve selected the witch you would like to cook with and the potion you would like her to use, the interaction ends and that chapter of the story is over.
Once back in the regular mode, the only other storyline you will find is that of “general Halloween” with traditional images of the holiday and spooky audios. They probably could have come up with a slightly more intricate plot that would have kept more people interested for longer stretches but they must have given up along the way.
The unique symbols in Halloween Fortune are quite well done and it’s obvious that Playtech put a lot of time and effort into their creation. They avoid the usual 10 to the Ace in favor of giving people exactly what they’re looking for: Halloween-themed imagery. Everything comes together to set the spooky tone nicely, except the amulet, which really doesn’t make very much sense in this context.
- Bottle of Potion
- Skull with Candle
- Black Cat
- Witch in Green Dress
- Witch in Red Dress
- Witch in Blue Dress
- Caldron (Bonus)
- Halloween Fortune Logo (Scatter)
- Jack O’ Lantern (Wild)
The highest-paying is the Jack O’ Lantern Wild which pays 10,000 coins for five in a row. Next we have the Witches in the blue, red, and green dresses paying 1,000, 500, and 400 coins respectively. After that, the Black Cat will give you 300 coins for five of a kind, the Raven gives you 250, the Skull awards you 200, and the Potion dishes out a paltry 150.
There are no jackpots in Halloween Fortune Slots which is a shame because the game could definitely use a little pumpkin spice in the payout department. There simply aren’t a lot of cash prizes up for grabs here.
There are no true bonus rounds in Halloween Fortune, unless you want to count the area where you select your number of free spins and win multiplier. This is obviously a huge omission for a modern day title and one that is going to ultimately impact the amount of fun you have, not to mention, your interest levels in regards to playing it for long stretches of time.
The one saving grace is that there is a feature that allows you to re-wager your winnings for each spin. You simply hit the “gamble” button on the controls and you will be taken to the double up area. You can only guess red or black for a 2 to 1 payoff, as this machine does not offer betting on the actual suit of the card to be drawn. If you want to take your double-up winnings at any time, just hit “collect” and you will cash out and be returned to the regular mode.
A Caldron on each of reels #1 and #5 takes you into the Witches’ Brew Bonus and your choices there will determine just how much money you’re going to rake in during your freeroll.
First you choose a Witch to reveal the number of spins you’re going to receive and obviously your choices are limited to the witch in the green mini skirt and stalkings, the one in the red open-front skirt with stalkings, or the witch in the conservative blue dress with leather gloves. It should be noted that all three witches are quite bosomy and revealing a lot of flesh, so for those of you who are sensitive to these types of images, this game probably isn’t for you.
Once you choose your witch the number of free spins that you’ve won will be revealed as she floats to the forefront of your screen. Thankfully, the amounts that were hiding behind the other witches will also be revealed to you so you can see if you made the right choice.
You then pick a potion to determine the multiplier that will be applied to your win amounts, with the choices being orange, yellow, pink, green, blue, or purple potion. Once selected, the witch waves her magic wand and the potion magically pours into the caldron to reveal your multiplier. Just like the preceding selection process, all of the potions that you didn’t choose will reveal the multiplier amounts that they contained.
During this round you can only win a maximum of 20 spins, with a maximum multiplier of 10x. If you’re thinking that this sounds like a low max freeroll prize, most would probably agree with you – especially since there’s no jackpot.
Some of you might actually come out of this special feature with nothing as this happened during out testing few times. These types of things do happen in online slots but they are rare.
Regardless of Halloween Fortune’s other shortcomings, the graphics are quite well done, with all of the symbols having cool little animations when activated in a payline. A lot of the animations actually look like they’re in 3D due to their details and movements.
Whether it’s the twirling Wild pumpkins, the bottles of potions swishing around, bats flying out of the trees in the background of the Scatter, or witches taking a ride on their broomsticks, this machine has enough moving parts to keep you entertained for a little while.
Audio & Soundtrack
Sadly Playtech made a terrible mistake with the soundtrack for this release because the song begins and stops with each spin of the reels, rather than just continuing throughout. This of course means that if you want to play quickly and use the “stop” button each time, the ensuing audios are unbearable.
As the machine counts up the payline wins you get a “frunk” for each winning line, which gets very annoying after a short period of time. It’s therefore recommended that you turn the sound effects off in the settings.
The thunder that rumbles in the background is certainly ominous and does a great job of setting the tone for the creepy action. There is a crazy audio that pumps out if you are one symbol away from a big win and it’s very hard to describe it. Crazy, scary, sorcery?
This release is definitely more “sexy” than “scary” but surely this will appeal to a certain segment of individuals who like beautiful witches. It’s not always about scaring yourself silly every October and many like to keep things on the light side when it comes to frightening themselves.
It certainly deserves a few spins around Halloween but it’s hard to imagine searching it out any other time during the year. Even though it has an extremely high payout percentage of 97.2%, this large return to player amount probably won’t lure that many of you back once your Jack O’ Lantern has turned to mush.
Bonus Video of Halloween Fortune
Since it’s the witches who are the stars of this review, let’s take a moment to look at the Top 10 Movie Witches of all time. I knew most of these witches but there were a few that I had never heard of…and I’m still not sure how I feel about them classifying Mary Poppins as a “witch”!?! Take a look…