Vampire slots seem to come in two variations. These can be the comedy / quirky types, sometimes based on the old count Dracula idea – or they can be the ‘Twilight’ influenced versions. Wild Blood is firmly in the second group, with a host of characters making up the symbols, and a dark, brooding atmosphere. This slot has several interesting features including an expanding wild, free spins and a pick-em game – all based on the solid system used by Play N Go.
The audio will come to your attention before the graphics do in this game. Most notable is the heartbeat in the background as you play; this varies in volume and intensity level. There are also splashing type noises when you land the vials of blood, which can be a little disconcerting until you get used to it. Graphics are dark and nicely done; the young characters are not clones of anyone from popular movies – though they definitely strongly suggest that type of actor. Even the playing cards are made to look like smeared blood.
There are two main bonus games. The first is a free spins feature, which includes respins with an expanded wild within it. The second is a pick-em type game, where you choose from vials of blood to reveal coin amounts.
This game uses the standard 15 line setup from Play N Go. You have 3 things to select from before you spin; the number of lines, coin value (1c to 25c) and number of coins per line. This gives a spin cost range of 15c through to $18.75. Auto-play and gamble after win are standard Play N Go features which are in use with this game.
You’ll want to see the dark haired male vampire as often as possible – as this is both the top paying symbol and the wild. The prize for 5 is 2500 coins, with 500 coins for 4. This substitutes for everything except the bonus and scatter symbols – and will expand to cover all 3 rows if it lands on the middle reel.
Female vampires have the next best prizes, with 750, 500 and 250 coins for 5 of the red, blue and green background symbols respectively. Playing cards make up the smaller wins.
There is a scatter symbol, in the form of the Wild Blood logo. This pays 50x your total spin amount for 5, with 20x for 4. The pick-em bonus game is triggered by the vial of blood, which appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 only. There are some jewels, which have special behaviour in combination with the main vampire during the free spins round.
Hitting 3 vials of blood will take you to a break out screen where you’ll see many ‘vintage’ vials to choose from. You get to pick these, which opens them up, sending a swirl upwards and revealing either a win amount or some free spins. You can win up to 50 free spins in total (including retriggers).
Once you get to the free spins session, there are two notable differences from the main game. First, all wins are doubled. Second, if you land the main vampire on the middle reel, plus the gold and silver jewel on reels 2 and 4 – then you get 5 respins. The wild centre reel stays in place for these, which will often mean some bigger wins. The 2 jewels alone get you 2 respins, and the scatter symbols can add more free spins to your total too.
You’ll start off with 10 spins. These can be retriggered by getting 5+ of the troll symbols, up to a maximum of 20 times. At the end of the round, the troll (who has been roaring and looking tough) will look worried and run away – a nice touch.
This game will appeal to anyone who enjoys the vampire genre. It has a professionally put together mix of graphics and sounds – with the heartbeat an atmospheric addition. The expanding wild (with the potential for respins) keeps the standard game play interesting. It took me a long while to trigger the feature, though this did result in a nice win when it finally hit. The pick-em round looks great and the multiplier on the spins was a nice addition too.
I liked this slot, and would recommend it for both vampire genre fans and those looking for a dark and brooding slot with some interesting game-play. Check it out for yourself soon.