Halloween is just around the corner, and Booming Games is celebrating this fact by releasing a new poker machine. It’s called Horror House, and it has a 5×5 layout with prizes up to 4800x the player’s bet.

For more details on this creepy slot machine, please see the following review.

Betting Options

Horror House offers 23 wagering options to players. The smallest bet is $0.10 per spin, while the largest is $100.

This game has an impressive range of wagers. Because of this, I’d recommend Horror House for low to high rollers (although medium rollers are probably the ideal audience).

Ways to Win

Instead of paylines, this game has what are known as “ways to win.” Basically, matching symbols in any position on three or more adjacent reels are considered a winning combination. When a symbol appears in two or more combos simultaneously, only the longest matching combo per symbol is paid.

Horror House Paytable

This section details the various icons found on the game’s reels, as well as their values. Keep in mind that these payouts change to reflect the player’s wager, so larger bets yield bigger prizes.

  • Ten – This lowest-ranking symbol pays $1 for three matches, $2 for four, and $10 for five.
  • Jack, Queen, King and Ace – This is the usual assortment of poker icons that you can expect to find on most pokies. In this case, each of these is worth $1 for three matches, $3 for four, and $10 for five.
  • Black Widow – This venomous spider with distinct red markings on their body pays $2 for three matches, $10 for four, and $20 for five.
  • Black Cat – A recognized symbol of bad luck, the black cat pays $2 for three matches, $12 for four, and $30 for five.
  • Killer Doll – Looking suspiciously like Chucky from the Child’s Play franchise, this doll is worth $2 for three matches, $15 for four, and $40 for five.
  • Werewolf – This ferocious beast is worth $2 for three matches, $20 for four, and $50 for five.
  • Frankenstein – The infamous creation of Dr. Frankenstein, this movie icon is worth $2 for three matches, $30 for four, and $100 for five.
  • Dracula – This famed movie monster from Universal Studios pays $2 for three matches, $50 for four, and $200 for five.
  • Wild – Depicted as a bat hanging upside-down from a tree, this symbol serves as the game’s wild icon. While it only appears on reels two through five, it substitutes for all others symbols.

Horror House reels

Re-Spins

During any spin, getting a winning combination results in one free re-spin. This can occur multiple times, up to a maximum of five re-spins in a row. As you can see below, the number of ways increases with each additional re-spin.

  • First Re-spin – 135 ways
  • Second Re-spin – 405 ways
  • Third Re-spin – 675 ways
  • Fourth Re-spin – 1125 ways
  • Fifth Re-spin – 1875 ways

Free Spins

You can keep track of your consecutive spins by watching the attic windows above the reels. For each win, an additional window will light up. If all six of them become illuminated, the players enters the free spins mode.

During this phase, the player gets eight free spins. Each of these spins has 3125 ways to win, which increases the player’s overall chances of a payout.

Unfortunately, the free spin bonus can’t be retriggered.

Final Thoughts

I’ve always been partial to pokies with traditional paylines, but I still found Horror House entertaining. The designers did a nice job on the artwork, and the music didn’t threaten to drive me insane after a few minutes.

The bonus round is unique, with each winning spin causing the tension to grow. It’s not easy to get, though, which can lead impatient players to lose their cool.

While it’s not the greatest pokie I’ve ever played, it’s a solid option for the month of October.

Additional Reading

For more spooky pokies, please see the following reviews: