Dracula: Slot Overview
Developer Stakelogic braves the Transylvanian wilds in their vampire-infested slot Dracula. Interestingly, they have managed to trademark the title, which is odd since Dracula was made famous in a novel written by Bram Stoker over a hundred years ago. Perhaps because the book is in the public domain, it’s free to be pillaged as others see fit. Whatever the legal status, players looking for a somewhat toned down Nosferatu-themed adventure will find that in Dracula the slot, brimming with slick visuals and several features.
A sinister room in Dracula’s castle has been provided to host the 5×3, 25-payline action area. Several chandeliers cast an eerie red light over the whole scene, made more unsettling by a dramatic, gothic soundtrack. On a side note, it’s a good thing vampires can fly because it must be a mission getting up there to light all those candles. Bats flap across the screen at intervals and the whole game has a movie-like quality which is quite well done.
In some ways, the team has plastered bigger fangs on the game’s audio-visuals than its low/medium volatile math model. Dracula is a game playable on any device, giving players stake options ranging from 25 p/c to £/€100 per spin while the RTP measures 95.60%. The game also comes with Stakelogic’s Super Stake feature, doubling the bet when activated. The payoff for doing so is having 1 to 10 wild symbols inserted onto the reels at random following non-winning symbols. There is no mention if doing so affects RTP.
If you’ve ever wondered what actor Tim Curry would look like playing Dracula, then the slot gives you a pretty good idea. The Count appears on the top pay symbol, possessing the same devious grin as the famous thespian. Landing 5 Dracula symbols on a line are worth a payout of 80x the stake, followed by a Van Helsing type, a vampiress, and an oddly cheerful chap wearing specs. These other 3 premiums are worth 16 to 40 times your bet for lines of 5. Making up the bottom of the paytable are a set of bejewelled card suits – hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds.
Worth substantially more than the Dracula symbol is the wild. Lines of 5 of these provocative symbols are worth 300x the bet, though most of the time, the wild is busy substituting all symbols except the scatter or bonus symbols.
Dracula: Slot Features
Two additional symbols grace the reels in Dracula, leading to a round of free spins or a pick-me-style bonus game. One is the chained door bonus symbol, landing on any reel. When 3 or more bonus symbols land in succession from the leftmost reel on a bet line, they launch the bonus game. In this one, 12 chests cover the screen for players to pick one at a time. The first chest is always a cash prize, and players keep clicking until an empty chest is revealed. If the bonus game is triggered by 4 or 5 scatters, then a win multiplier of x1.5 or x2 respectively applies to the winning amount.
The other special symbol is a Grateful Dead logo looking scatter, also appearing on any reel. When 3, 4, or 5 scatters hit, a win of 4x, 25x, or 100x is awarded, on top of 10 free spins. All wins are tripled in value during free spins, except for cash won from the pick me bonus game, which can be triggered from free spins. Scatters remain on the reels, and 3 in view retriggers +10 free spins.
The final extra to cover is a gamble feature. Following wins, players can double or quadruple their prize by correctly guessing the colour or suit of a face-down card. The gamble feature can be disabled if you’re not into it.
Dracula: Slot Verdict
Dracula is another well-designed Stakelogic game, aimed at a more laid-back sector of the market than they usually cater for. The Count might be one of the most famous monsters in literature, yet the slot is far from being one itself. Dracula is a bit like those living card games such as Arkham Horror, where players can choose difficulty levels. The hardest setting is reserved for players who like to challenge themselves, while the lowest is for those who prefer to just follow the storyline. Dracula the slot leans towards the latter end of the spectrum, seemingly more focused on creating an immersive environment to get lost in rather than deliver high octane action.
On the gaming side of things, not a lot stands out. Free spins with an x3 multiplier are a classic setup, and the pick & click feature serves up consolation wins every so often. Like other games offering a Super Stake feature, engaging it takes a bit of forethought. Landing a good number of wilds at once when triggered can cobble together a solid payout – and a hit rate of once every 29 spins (theoretically) is quite frequent for Super Stake. Then again, doubling the bet is a significant increase that could potentially plough through an account.
To its credit, Dracula the game does have an entertaining quality, being ‘highly animated’ as Stakelogic calls it. There is certainly a lot of animation going on, from flutters of bats to creepy hands reaching up from the crypt grasping for the third scatter, to atmospheric cut scenes. With all the candles and curtains, Dracula is a bit like a night out at the theatre. These visual tricks serve to both entertain and cover up for the fact Dracula is fairly mild gaming. This assessment extends to winning potential, where the most you can collect is 3,750x the bet. Not an eye-watering amount of cash, but it’s a middle-of-the-road figure that fits in with what the rest of Dracula does.
Dracula should do enough to titillate casual gamblers though ironically it lacks bite.