The best Halloween-themed slot games for 2020
Halloween is always a time for merry-making every year, and it signals the start of the festive season and the joys to come.
However, this year will be quite different in terms of how festivals are celebrated, and so quite a few things will be different.
However, some of the most iconic and important parts of Halloween will remain, such as the spooky decorations and lanterns, and people dressing up as various characters, even if the likelihood of meeting and socialising with people on a large scale remains remote.
Another trend that is likely to stick around is the release of Halloween-themed online slot games by slot providers.
Halloween is always a busy time of the year for slot studios, and this year has been no different, with some excellent games having been released by various developers, so we will now take a look at some of the most interesting and exciting ones.
This release by Greentube is perfect for Halloween, with spooky sound effects and ghosts aplenty, along with many winning opportunities for players. It is a 20-payline game, with the bet range from 0.20 to 100. However, this is the only bit of the game that is standard. There is an unpredictable ghost named Pierre who dominates the gameplay, with three features up his sleeve – Mental Multiplier Mania, which grants a 20x multiplier; Wickedly Weird Wilds, where up to 15 Wild symbols land on the reels; and Spooky Symbol Slither, where Pierre himself joins the action and slices through symbols using his sword, replacing them with others which are more profitable. The bonus round sees another 5×3 board replace the existing game area to keep track of all the gems that the player collects.
This game by Realtime Gaming is probably one of the best Halloween slot releases of this year. There are creepy characters, eerie music and more, as well as huge prize potential. The top payout is worth a huge 50,000x of your bet. There are two wilds – the crypt doors are only wilds on the middle reels, while the gravestone wild has multiplying ability as well. Crystal balls can generate up to 12 free spins, while golden symbols will add up in a basket till it fills up with 12 coins, and give the player a chance to hit one of the four progressive jackpots.
The music is one of the best parts of this game, as it immediately sets the right vibe. Even though the design is simple, the music helps in creating the ambience, and then the gameplay takes over. It is a six-reel game, where the main design is that of a vampire’s castle, with a brick wall as the background, and the reels behind an iron gate. As the player gets a win, the gate rises to reveal more symbols, and this keeps happening as the player keeps winning. This increases the win possibilities from 729 to 4,029, all the way up to ten rows and a million possible combos, as more and more is revealed. Bets are limited to a max of 25.00 though. Dracula is the game’s wild symbol, while landing three chalices will lead to a free spins game.
Hot Hot Halloween
This is a pretty unusual slot game, and it might take even seasoned online slot players some time to figure out what is going on when they start playing. First of all, this game from Habanero has a very wide betting range, which is typical for their offerings. Players can go from 0.20 per spin to as high as 5,000. The soundtrack is catchy and excellent as well. In terms of gameplay, the game is played on a 5×5 grid, but it is an adjacent reels game, where combinations count anywhere on the grid as long as they are in a horizontal line. Middle row payouts are worth thrice the regular value. The ‘Hot Hot’ feature is randomly triggered, but when it does apply, symbols are split into two, which makes it possible for someone to get a 15 of a kind, which delivers a 1250x reward, for example.
This one is actually not a new game, and is based on the 1978 cult movie of the same name, but is still an excellent offering from Microgaming for fans to play even today. It is a 50-line game, with actual characters from the movie showing up on the reels, as well as props from the movie, and the familiar soundtrack providing an eerie, chilling background. There are wandering reels, jumbo blocks and a bonus wheel for players, with the Boogeyman Bonus in play as well, where rewards max out at 290x of the bet. There are free spins and other multipliers which can aid players in winning handsomely as well.