Review of Halloween Horrors Slots
I know that I love Halloween more than the average person, and I’m totally used to people making fun of me for it. There’s just something about all of the costumes, the creepiness, and of course, the candy.
I was shocked to learn a few years ago that they don’t really have trick or treating in Europe – what a shame for those kids! I think every parent in North America remembers all of their children’s costumes for those magical 10 years when they loved going house to house begging strangers for candy.
So yes, I have very strong sentimental feelings for Halloween, which is why this review never gets too negative, (and why none of my other reviews of Halloween-themed slots don’t either). I put the fun level of this game at a 7 out of 10, but for those who don’t feel as strongly about Halloween as I do, you will probably think it’s around a 5 out of 10 – you’ve been warned!
The screenshots below show exactly what type of cartoon horror you’re in for with this game. It is not overly creepy or scary, however I do find the ghoul symbol quite disgusting because his face is super creepy. In any event, it’s clear that this game was well designed and that they put some effort into the game symbols. I find that they strike the perfect balance between “creepy” and “cute”.
The storyline for this game is thin at best. It is based on a spooky walk through a graveyard at night, which is conveniently located next to a haunted pumpkin patch. Unfortunately for you there are nothing but evil Jack O’ Lanterns scattered through the fields next to old tombstones. This of course means that you are in for one heck of a frightening evening!
You must then battle your way through other horrific obstacles such as bats, cats, and skulls while searching for cash prizes. It’s basically one long spooky night that never ends.
The unique symbols in Halloween Horrors are exactly what you would imagine from a game with that name. All of them are frightening cartoon images or traditional symbols of the spooky holiday.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Haunted Tree
- Black Cat
- Witch’s Hat
- Headstone (Free Spins)
- Jack O’ Lantern (Wild)
- Skull (Scatter)
The highest paying symbol in the game is the Skull Scatter symbol which dishes out 400x your wager for five of a kind. Next is the Headstone symbol, which only appears during free games mode, and five in a row will give you 200 coins.
As is customary with most seasonal online slot games, there are no jackpots available in Halloween Horrors. The only thing that could be considered a “jackpot” in the game is this: when the reels are not being spun, the control panel will recite terrible Halloween-themed jokes!
For example, gems such as “Don’t get kicked in the ghouls“, and “Witch lines to play?” will be flashed in the message area. There’s really nothing like Halloween-themed slot humor to get people into the true spirit of the holiday…right?
The most frightening thing about Halloween Horrors Slots is that the game doesn’t have a bonus round. Which is a downright shame, because I honestly think that a bonus round would have elevated the overall fun level of this game from a 6/10, to an 8.
The simple truth is that most players will probably find that there’s just not enough action to keep them interested for long stretches of time.
You will want to be a headhunter in this game and get as many Skull Scatter symbols as you can, because these are what bring you into the Free Games Mode of Halloween Horrors. Three Skull symbols give you a paltry 5 free spins, but four skulls give you 10, and five of them will snag you 15.
All of the wins during the free spins are doubled before being added onto your balance, which is certainly a nice gesture. However when you compare this to other slots that give players the opportunity for a 10x multiplier or higher during free games mode, it seems kind of low.
During Free Spins Mode the Headstone symbol is added to the reels as an extra bonus target for you to hit. The payouts on these symbols are quite decent, with 2 of them paying 7x your wager, 3 giving you 30x, 4 paying 100x, and 5 dishing out a whopping 200x your bet.
I am always hesitant to say that a game pays out more than another, however with this game it truly feels like the free spins are constantly coming. I think that the reasonable explanation for this is that there isn’t a jackpot or bonus round, so giving out a few extra spins isn’t going to break their bank. Technically, the game is confirmed to give a 96.2% return to player (RTP), so it is paying out at around the same amount as the average online slot machine.
The background graphics in Halloween Horrors are pretty darn good for a seasonal-themed slot game. There are bats that occasionally fly through the night sky and over the moonlight, as well as nasty witches flying on broomsticks behind the reels.
The animations for the winning symbols in a payline are great, with items such as the Haunted Tree becoming an “angry/possessed/psychotic tree” due to its evil, red eyes that flare. The Ghost and Pumpkin symbols also become more aggressive as they zoom out of their squares when involved in a winning line.
Audio & Soundtrack
Unfortunately there is an annoying “blarmp blarmp!” played on an organ after certain wins that will continue repeating until you spin again. So if you have to get up in the middle of a spin for some reason and you win, the “blarmp blarmp!” will echo throughout your house until you push the spin button again. It also blarmps as it counts up the multiple wins of a particular spin, and believe me when I tell you that it will have you reaching for the mute button in no time. It is hands-down one of the worst sound effects I’ve ever heard in a game.
Other than that, there are numerous creeks, bangs, clangs, and evil laughs in the background track of this slot which all add nicely to the creepy cartoon feel of the game. If the annoying win noises weren’t included, this game would have gotten a much stronger grade for audios.
This was a very hard game to review. There are certainly better Halloween-themed online slot games out there, but there are a heck of a lot more that are worse. Halloween Horrors falls right above the average as a fun slot that will entertain most players who are looking for some quick spins on a spooky slot, (although entertainment levels will definitely vary).
I recommend that you give this game a few dollars of your bankroll to see if you are one of the people who will find it cute. But don’t make a grave mistake by wagering too much – a few spins is all you will need to know where you stand.
Bonus Video of Halloween Horrors
I think we can all agree that the worst Halloween horrors are either eating too much candy as a child, or being the parent of a child who has eaten too much candy. So in the spirit of that, here is Jimmy Kimmel’s hilarious video documenting parents who pretend to eat their kid’s candy. This is oh so cruel, but oh so funny…