Playtech's Halloween Fortune Video Slot Review

January 4, 2013

 

Most slots based on a holiday theme tend to have a low-to-medium volatility. These are the types of games that are designed to be seasonal and to appeal to a large number of players, so they often have comfortable payout tables with a lot of low and medium payouts without any chances for some really big prizes with any sort of frequency. The Halloween Fortune video slot by Playtech is a lot different than most holiday slots. This game has a very high volatility, and it's designed around the idea of getting a big jackpot on a game with a dark and scary Halloween theme.

Halloween Fortune uses a 20-payline format with five reels. You can choose abnormally high coin sizes from $0.01 to $10 each, and you can bet up to one coin on each payline. This gives the game an effective betting range of $0.01 to $200 per spin, though the minimum bet is $0.20 per spin if you have all of the paylines activated. If you are used to games with a low volatility, then you might want to lower your average bet size in this game. There will be a lot of long streaks without many wins but with big prizes thrown in occasionally, and that can make this game a bumpy ride if you aren't prepared for it.

The Jack O'Lantern symbol is the wild symbol in Halloween Fortune, and that's very fitting for the theme. Five of them on an active payline gives you the 10,000x jackpot line bet payout. You can also get a 1,000x payout for four of the Jack O'Lantern symbols, 500x for five of the Blue Witch symbol or 400x for five of the Pink Witch symbol. You can also get nice payouts with the Halloween Fortune scatter symbol which gives you multiples of your entire bet. However, they are not used to trigger a bonus game like in most modern video slots.

The bonus feature is given with the Cauldron bonus symbol that only shows up on the first and fifth reels. If you get both of them on the reels at the same time, then you're given a shot at a number of free spins with a multiplier. You can get between three and 20 free spins with multipliers from 2x to 10x. This bonus round contributes heavily to the high volatility of this game, and most of your value will come from triggering it.