Who says there’s no place for horror buffs among online slot players? If you thought only bars, bells, cherries, lemons and quintessential Las Vegas-themed paraphernalia can make a reel game work, you’re dead wrong. In fact, you’d be surprised how well fright and trepidation go with briskly and loud video slots. This particular gambling variant has historically been the most popular machine on casino floors, despite being the simplest and potentially very costly to play. Slots have changed so much since they were first invented in the 19th century, with technological advancements shaping a modern-day game of chance that is fun, versatile and adaptable. The last decade marked a massive boom in the quality and performing capabilities of gaming software, which made recreating our favorite horror moments from movies and other media much easier and more believable. Today, there is an ever-growing selection of spooky and scary games that are best played on Halloween or a quiet, stormy night with nothing else to do.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
This one may be a bit harder to find, being developed by the established 888 Group and most likely available only on websites owned and operated by this popular company, but it is definitely worth the trouble. Unlike some other wannabe horror-themed titles, A Nightmare on Elm Street doesn’t shy away from hints of blood and gore, just like its movie inspiration, with real images and characters from the film serving as icons and symbols on the reels. After all, this 1984 motion picture has a cult following and left quite an impact on the horror genre. In its hay day 30 years ago, a dream-stalking serial killer Freddy Krueger left many people passed out in theaters during screening.
The actual gameplay is not half as bad either! The pay-lines are fixed, and with 30 different combinations there’ just enough variety in the ways you can potentially score a win. The expanding wilds double the amount won whenever present on a pay-line. Scatter symbols count in any position on the screen and serve to initiate the free spins feature with up to 30 extra rounds available without any cost to the player. Never Sleep Again is a bonus designed to keep you awake with the promise of worthy prizes – just make sure not to doze off until you have picked enough items to help battle sleep deprivation.
Walking dead? Post-apocalyptic dystopia? There can be no true scare without a good zombie story! DeadWorld is a beloved comic book about humanity’s struggle to defeat the Zombie King and his legions after a holocaust has ruined the world as we know it. Released in 1986, it is among the oldest and most famous zombie comics ever created, but it still has its charms and has been holding a special place in the genre all these years.
No wonder 1×2 Gaming chose the series as the basis for the popular slot of the same name. Unlike other games with similar themes, this one doesn’t just aspire to be grim, frightening and real, but somehow stumbles on unintentional comedic vibes. The visuals and sounds are sincere in their effort to communicate the atmosphere of the comic genuinely. Though a 1000x the bet prize should be its main attraction, you’ll be getting more satisfaction decimating savage zombie hordes.
We had a supernatural serial killer and reanimated corpses, so what’s the only monster left to complete our spooky roundup? A vampire, of course! And not just any blood-lusting beast, the honor goes to Count Dracula himself, the primeval prince of darkness inspired by Vlad the Impaler. He starred in too many works of fiction to count, but this particular incarnation comes from Dracula Untold, a Universal Pictures film released in 2014. It flopped at the box office, but hey, doesn’t mean it can’t do better in a slot setting. Judging by the popularity of the game, fans certainly think it deserves a blockbuster status in the gambling community.
Leave it to Net Entertainment to create a visually stunning, branded reel spinner full of rewarding features. Its lively gameplay makes all sorts of wins possible via wilds, scatters, free spins and stacked symbols. Low rollers will have a blast as it can be quite cheap to play, even more so compared to other licensed releases where the developer usually implements higher minimum bets. The most interesting bonus round is the Bat feature – it can randomly activate in the base game, but always comes up during the free spins, and can transform several symbols into matching ones, from lowest-paying icons to blocks of wilds for massive wins.