Review of Halloweenies Slots
I always preface all of my Halloween-themed slot reviews with the fact that I am a sucker for this holiday, (yes I know it’s not technically a holiday, but that’s how I’ve always treated it). I love the costumes, the candy, the parties, and everything else to do with that time of year.
Therefore, my critiques of Halloween slot games are always a little less critical than they should be. The software companies never put a lot of time or effort into a game that’s basically only going to be played at a certain time of the year, and I understand that. Which is why I think that these seasonal games need to be judged a little less harshly than slots based on film or television. To judge them strongly would be like opening your door and judging a child on their Halloween costume – it’s just not right to do. It’s the effort that counts and we’re just happy you came out to participate.
So lets get started with my lax, biased review of a game that will be viewed as “cute” by many, but dismissed by others for being too old and clunky, (but there’s certainly nothing wrong with being old and clunky, right!)
The screenshots below do not lie: Halloweenies Slots is starting to look a little dated. Well, it should be showing its age – it was released in the early 2000s and a lot of technological advances have happened since then. This doesn’t bother me because you don’t play Halloweenies for it’s cutting edge graphics, you play it to giggle at the ridiculous symbols and cash in on the Pumpkin Patch Bonus.
This game is somewhat strange because it is the monsters who are dressing up as “normals”. Frankenstein sporting a nurse’s outfit, a skeleton dressed as a lazy teenage boy, and my personal favorite, a Wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’m not sure what universe this game exists in, but it certainly is strange.
From what I can piece together of this story, you are at home answering the door on All Hallows’ Eve as trick-or-treaters come knocking for candies. The twist is that these ghouls are tired of children dressing up as them every year and getting all of that free candy so this year they’re getting dressed as humans and getting the treats for themselves.
Ultimately, after you’ve given them everything that they want, the Jack O’ Lantern rewards you by taking you to a magical pumpkin patch that hides cash prizes. Not a bad trade!
You have to give Halloweenies Slots credit for having all original symbols and not relying on any playing card symbols such as the Jack or the Queen. That said, I do have problems distinguishing between some of the lower paying symbols as they look quite similar, especially on auto play mode because it re-spins fairly quickly.
I refer to one of the symbols as “Grandma Candy” because it is the candy that my mother always used to put out for my kids. They always used to complain about it, but funnily enough they always ate it.
- Hard Candy
- Soft Candy
- Gummy Worms
- Grandma Candy
- Skeleton in Child Costume
- Frankenstein in Nurse Costume
- Witch in Bear Costume
- Wolf in Sheep Costume
- Monsters (Wild)
- Jack O’ Lantern (Bonus)
- Pink Bunny (Scatter)
The highest paying symbol in the game is the Wild which gives you 13,000 coins for five of a kind. Next is the Pumpkin Bonus symbol, which pays the odd amount of 5,300 coins for five in a row. After these two, the rest of the symbols take a nose-dive in the payouts department, with the Wolf paying 900 coins for five of a kind, and the Witch paying 450. These last couple of pay amounts are truly terrifying!
Unfortunately there isn’t a Halloweenies Slots jackpot, neither in-game nor progressive. It’s not surprising as older games like this rarely have any sort of big cash prize.
The bonus round in Halloweenies is very simple and is basically your traditional “pick em” style bonus. It’s called the “Pick a Pumpkin Bonus” and you are shockingly taken to a pumpkin patch where you are able to pick pumpkins that will reveal random cash prizes. Who would have guessed?!
You then get to pick three pumpkins and grab the cash that is stuffed inside of them. The bonus amounts will be multiples of your original wager amount so the higher your bet, the bigger the Pumpkin Prizes will be. Once you have picked your pumpkins all will be revealed to show you what was hiding inside the other ones, and you will then know how well you selected.
Keep your eyes open for Pumpkin symbols even while in free games mode because the bonus can come at any time, including free spins.
The free spins in Halloweenies is both good and bad when compared to other online slot machines. First the bad news: your number of free spins does not increase with a 4th or 5th Scatter symbol and three or more just gives you a flat 13 free games each time.
The good news is that all of your wins during free spins are tripled, and not simply doubled like a lot of other games do. This can obviously lead to a nice pile of bonus cash once you’ve completed your freeroll. The other nice feature in this title is that you can re-trigger the free games mode while free-rolling.
The graphics in this game are looking quite dated by today’s standards, but that’s actually part of it’s charm. It will remind you of old Halloween cartoons, or spooky candy from the 1980s.
The one element of this game that makes it stand out is its crazy colors – this is seriously one of the most colorful games I’ve ever seen. Candies flying everywhere, bright nonsensical costumes…it all adds up to a crazy gaming experience.
Audio & Soundtrack
There are no real songs to speak of in Halloweenies Slots – just a bunch of silly sound effects like squeeze toys and wind chimes. There is a constant sound of footsteps on a hard floor, and the sound of a door closing. Who was that? What was behind the door they closed? This audio is actually one of the creepier aspects of the game.
Oddly, there’s a sound of birds singing during certain modes of this game. It’s not that scary, and is actually kind of peaceful. I think that the game’s creators might have been trying to make them sound like crickets, but they definitely don’t, in my opinion.
The audios in the regular game are fine for the most part, however the Pink Bunny Scatter symbol lets out an annoying squeak every time it falls on the reels. This gets old very quickly, and I think that many of you might want to turn down the volume while playing.
If you’re looking for a fun, goofy Halloween-themed slot game to play, Halloweenies fits the bill. Due to its age and graphics some of you will be moving on to another game quite quickly, but for those who are like me, it’s old look will be a plus and not a minus.
So I recommend dropping a few bucks into this machine so you can figure out which side of the camp you are on. If nothing else, you will get a laugh out of the ridiculous symbols and colors – these characters were definitely born from a twisted mind.
Bonus Video of Halloweenies
I honestly can’t believe that this Paul Lynde Special from 1976 is on Youtube – I never thought I would see it again. If you want a blast from the past featuring KISS, The Wicked Witch of the West, Betty White and H.R. Pufnstuf, this video will give you everything you need. This was easily one of the best Halloween Specials of the 1970s. Enjoy!