There’s no doubt about the intention of this slot and that’s to petrify any player who’s brave enough to try to spin the reels. The background is dark and spooky with a full moon shining eerily in the purple sky and shadows stretching out on the ground.
On the gameboard, the reels are filled with creatures which walk through your worst nightmares including mummies, fanged vampires, Frankenstein, huge spiders, warty witches, howling wolves and the quintessential haunted house, to name but a few. The graphics aren’t realistic in any sense of the word but even though they’re cartoon like they still manage to inspire a sense of dread. Exactly what is that black cat arching its back and spitting at? Is it a horror that’s approaching from behind? Play on if you think you can…
Spinning in Their Graves
The Ghouls is played on 5 reels in a 5×3 layout and you’ll need to start them spinning if you want to win prizes. There’s a maximum of 20 paylines which can be adjusted using the on screen controls if you prefer to play with fewer active. You’ll be able to set the value of each spin too, with between one and five coins available to bet. It’s your decision on how to value each coin as well, with from 0.02 and up to 0.50 the range offered. The minumum total bet, then, is 0.40 and maximum is 50.00.
Take a look at the paytable if you want to find out more about the prizes which can be won, and what you need to do to qualify. All of the symbols need a win of three on consecutive reels but the more you match the bigger the prize will be. The haunted house offers the biggest win, paying out 5,000 for matching five symbols. The paytable is interactive so will show the prizes which will pay out for your current chosen level of bet.
You’ll be able to win prizes just for matching up symbols on the reels but there’s extras that you can grab too. Look out for three tombstones symbols if you want to unlock the hidden bonus game which takes place on a separate screen. Here you’ll be presented with six different tombstones and you’ll need to choose which one to click on. Whatever prize you reveal you’ll get to keep. Carry on clicking on tombstones and collecting prizes until you uncover the “collect” symbol. This signifies the end of the bonus and you’ll be returned to the main game.
Dracula is another special symbol to watch out for; he’s the scatter symbol and landing three or more anywhere on the reels opens the free spins round. Depending on how many scatters you landed you’ll get up to 20 free spins. However, landing five of the jackpot symbols when playing a max bet is what will win you the big time with the Ghoul’s Bonus paid out.
Can’t Get Enough?
If The Ghouls has whetted your appetite for horror-filled slots, there’s plenty more you’ll be able to scream about. Blood Suckers by NetEnt has some truly horrible graphics complete with a blood-dripping stake and features 5 reels, 25 paylines and a max bet of 100. For a slightly more comical approach, Aristocrat Gaming has Werewolf Wild which is cartoonish yet still atmospheric with 5 reels, 25 paylines and a max bet of 100.
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun
The Ghouls is an online video slot from Betsoft which is guaranteed to be a big hit among horror fans but this isn’t a game for the faint of heart. Fun graphics combine with a whole host of extra features plus a jackpot too for a game that will suit all levels of experience.