If there’s one theme that keeps movie-makers enthralled still today, it’s the tale of the werewolf – the man who is transformed into a murderous beast when the full moon appears. And they don’t even need 10 pints to do it.
The classic version of the story is the original Victorian tale of the Wolfman, and if you endured the terrible Benicio del Toro film a few years ago, you may be reluctant to relive the tale on the reels.
It hasn’t put off leading slots behemoth, Playtech, however, who have sunk their canines into the classic story to produce Full Moon Features.
On the Reels…
A 5-reel, fixed 20-payline slot, we start off with an atmospheric intro sequence before being taken off to reels soaked in blood and accompanied by spooky music and howling sound FX. In terms of symbols we get footprints, the man in need of a shave – Dr. Blackwood – plus a silver bullet, the family crest (which comes stacked on every reel), a howling wolf, and the standard 10-through-Ace symbols.
You’ll be Howling with the Werewolf Wild
The howling werewolf acts as the game’s Wild, and he substitutes for all symbols other than the Scatters. Five Wilds across the reels bags you the maximum 500-coin jackpot.
Here’s a neat twist on the werewolf slot. When the symbols turn wild, they really turn Wild. When a full moon appears on Reel 5, it will turn any symbol featuring Dr. Blackwood into a Wild werewolf, carrying with him an increasing multiplier up to 5x to go with his new facial hair look. As with the regular Wild, it only substitutes for regular symbols.
Win a 25x Multiplier in the Tombstone Free Spins Bonus
The free spins round is triggered by hitting three or more Tombstone Bonus icons across the reels. You’ll start off with 1-3 spins with a multiplier of 1x-3x depending on how many Scatters you’ve hit, but you do start the round picking tombstones to increase your free spins haul. During the Free Spins round, Dr. Blackwood acts as a Wild and can apply a 25x multiplier to wins if he forms a winning combo.
Where werewolf-themed slots triumph is in the full (moon) gamut of features they can cram in. It helps having a symbol called ‘Wild’ for a start, but the full moon-turning-a-symbol-Wild feature of Full Moon Fortunes is a great touch. In fact, it’s reminiscent of Aristocrat’s horror-themed slot, Werewolf Wild, where a swiping claw symbol slashes across the reels and turns other symbols Wild. If you still hanker for some “bloody” good action, however, make sure to dash off to Amaya’s great Gothic-themed game, Vampires v Werewolves, which offers similar ghoulish delights.