Free Vampires slot
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Vampires slot can certainly be frightening, but maybe not for the most obvious 'theme-related' reasons. I will explain myself later. We begin in Transylvania with a dark and Gothic background and the usual Merkur shush-shush-shush sound when the reels stop, but don't be lulled into into a false sense of security by this unremarkable start because blood may well be imbibed by Vampires!
On the reels...
Now I can either start by stating the amount of pay lines or the various 5 reel wins and both will give you a clue to the power of this Vampire's fangs. There are a mere 5 lines on 5 reels of 3 rows inhabited by icons of the theme. Frighteningly volatile? I think so... We start with haunted-looking girl who pays you a blood-letting 1000x bet for 5-of-a-kind followed by the Castle at 400x and the Goblet and Dagger which both pay 150x stake. The remaining symbols are the card icons at 30 or 20x bet for a full line.
The remaining symbol is the Wild in the form a young man and he erupts into a chilling howl when landing on the reels. There no multiplier but be prepared for a very loud and spooky roll of bell ringing when landing a large win. The Wild also performs the function of a scatter, which is as rarity in any slot game.
Upon landing 3 Wilds you trigger 15 free games which may not be retriggered unfortunately. There is no multiplier but the reels will be more productive than in the base game. When our Wild Vampire lands though and forms a win, bats will flutter from him and land on all the other symbols in that win which will become Wild on the reels for the remaining games. So if you get a decent start with a few 3 or 4-reel wins with a Wild in, you play the remaining spins with far more Wilds and thus increase your chances of more wins. The two highest symbols pay 200x and 80x bet respectively just for 4-of-a-kind so you have a great chance of ringing those bells later in the bonus when Wilds are prevalent on the reels.
Vampires slot provides a great alternative for Merkur's other hair-raising 5-liner Knight's Life. Despite the high volatility the free games seem to occur reasonably frequently and you'd be unlucky to get less than 50x bet for them, in fact the bonus is not averse to dropping in the big 5-of-a-kind wins and a very long peal of bells to accompany them. The animated premium symbols are very effective to watch and the base game pays enough to give you a decent run along with a creditable 96.00% RTP. You must remember though that the bloodletting may be not be confined to the theme, but your balance too; Vampire is very volatile...