Review of Happy Halloween Slots
I’m always happy to review a Halloween-themed title because they’re such a nice break from the usual machines that focus on leprechauns or strange fruit. There’s also the fact that I am an absolute Halloween junky who puts pumpkins on the front door step on October 1st and doesn’t take the decorations down in the front yard until the second week of November. Yes – I’m one of those people.
I can’t help it, there’s just something magical about children and adults dressing up in costumes, with the only limits being their imaginations and creativity. There really isn’t anything I like more than opening up that door and seeing the little ones dressed up and barely able to hold out their candy bags because their costumes are so big. Transformers, robots, and characters from Star Wars always seem to be the bulkiest costumes: mom and dad can’t ever get the measurements right.
So now we’re clear on the fact that I’m partial to anything relating to this October celebration, especially fun online slots that dazzle the eyes with bright colors and crazy images. Unfortunately, this one stretches my good will to its limit because they refused to add a proper bonus round to the action.
Let’s just say that this exclusive review of Happy Halloween Slots is going to be slightly biased due to its theme but in the end I will let the facts speak for themselves.
All of the imagery is really well done and the unique symbols are very detailed. Every visual is of a cartoon or animated movie quality and you can really see those gelatin deserts jiggle!
You are attending a Halloween party at a beautiful old house in the forest that is surrounded with party decorations and Jack O’ Lanterns. Even though the house seems inviting as you approach it, something still feels a little off. Maybe it’s the ghosts floating around the porch? Maybe it’s just you.
Once in the party and spinning on the reels, you feast on complicated orange muffins and grotesque gelatin candies, while at the same time rubbing shoulders with party guests dressed as ghouls. Or are they actually ghouls dressed up in costumes pretending to be humans? Hopefully you figure it all out before you are thrown out of the party and into the dark forest.
This is the entire plot of the game.
The unique symbols in this release might take you a while to wrap your head around. Why is there a muffin with an orange stuck in it? Who put the skull next to it? Why is the orange-haired witch one of the hottest gambling characters ever created? The more you play the sooner you’ll stop asking so many questions and just go with the flow.
Whether or not you think some of the characters at this party are strangely beautiful is up to you, however, there’s no denying that the candy looks absolutely delicious. Here’s what’s on offer:
- Strawberry Dipped in Chocolate Web
- Frankenstein with Chocolate Bar
- Bride of Frankenstein with Rose
- Gummy Ghost
- Grape Gummy with Kitty
- Orange Muffin with Skull
- Smashed Bat Cake
- Jelly Ball with Bone
- Mummy Child
- Evil Child with Lollipop
- Ghost with Lantern
- Jack O’ Lantern (Wild)
- Sexy Witch (Scatter)
The highest-paying is the Ghost with the Lantern who gives you 1,000 coins for hitting five of a kind. Next we have Frankenstein and his Bride each paying 500 coins, with Mummy Child and Evil Child with Lollipop dishing out 400 coins each for 5 on the board.
Although there technically isn’t a jackpot in Happy Halloween you do have the ability to win 1,000,000 coins: the conditions have to be prefect though.
In a 50 line machine, with a maximum wager of 5 coins per line and the highest-paying symbol dishing out 1,000 coins for five of a kind, you’re going to have to hit a full screen of Ghosts to get that one million coin jackpot. It might take some time to do.
Those players who are just happy to sit and spin pretty reels without interruption will enjoy this title but the rest of us in search of a fun bonus round will be left out in the cold. Shockingly, there isn’t a true special feature and there’s not too much excitement on offer at this party.
Sometimes it’s hard to understand new online casino slot games like this that clearly had a lot of hard work put into them but were released with very few features. It just doesn’t make any sense – perhaps the designers at Play N’ Go were possessed when they made it?!
As if you wouldn’t have already been on the lookout for the Sexy Witch, pay particular attention because three or more of this Scatter gives you 10 free spins and will also payout 4x on your line wager. During the freeroll you will get two extra Stacked Wilds on reels #2, #3, #4 and #5. Why not on reel #1? We have no clue.
It is possible to re-trigger the freeroll but only once for a total of 20 gratis spins but the first two Sexy Witch symbols need to land on reels #1 and #2. Our testing indicated that spins are given out quite liberally here, which is usually the case with machines that don’t have that many extra bells or whistles.
The graphics are definitely a strength here and it appears as if a great deal of time and effort went into designing the symbols, backgrounds, and introduction video. However, there aren’t any unique areas in Happy Halloween except for the regular mode, so players never really get to see the visuals in a new way or experience fun animations.
So it technically gets an 8 out of 10 for design but really only gets a 2 out of 10 because they didn’t exploit this design to its fullest. Which is a definite shame because PLAY n’ GO really had something that they could have built on here. We still have our fingers crossed that they will release Happy Halloween 2 someday and properly expand on these great graphics.
Audio & Soundtrack
The audios in this game are definitely fun and creepy. There is a soft, eerie track in the background throughout the regular mode that’s not too loud and adds to the fun and whimsical vibe. It’s actually reminiscent of the soundtrack from an old Scooby Doo cartoon.
However, the really good news about this song is that it plays continuously and doesn’t restart every time you push the spin button like some of the other titles out there. All of the other sound effects are normal and unobtrusive.
The graphics and audios in this machine may be fantastic but they just don’t make up for the lack of a bonus round. Sure you have the opportunity to win a maximum of 1,000,000 but it’s doubtful that most players will stick around long enough to give themselves a real chance of winning it.
Strangely, even though the design in Happy Halloween is much better than most of the other Halloween-themed slots out there, some will still rather play a couple of the older ones. However, for those of you who value graphics over features, you will certainly find this release very much to your liking. As will those who want a scary gambling game with a whopping 50 paylines that’s backed up by a wickedly good soundtrack.
Just like ranking the candy in a loot bag, this one is all going to come down to your personal tastes.
Bonus Video of Happy Halloween
Here’s an interesting video on Halloween safety from 1985 and I really don’t think that many of these tips have changed over the years. Always remember that children should be able to walk and see easily when trick or treating – watch out for those bulky robot costumes! Happy Halloween!