All the Fun of the Fear
Vampires have long been a source of fascination and used as key characters in video games. This only increased following the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and even more so with numerous blockbusting Twilight films that turned the vamps from lurking creatures of the night into awkward teenage heartthrobs. Empire V (which sounds more like a nod to Star Wars or V for Vendetta) pays out wins with a combination of five matching symbols from left to right. Look out for the ghost moon, which is the wild that substitutes for all symbols except the scatter, and the highest paying in the game.
Free Novomatic slots such as this one can be played across the world, with the option to play it safe or spend big according to your bankroll, while still enjoying all the fun of the fear. The Austrian brand is well-known and a prolific supplier to the international casino market, which also goes by the name of Greentube. You may need to search under Novomatic and Greentube to find this title – and don’t be confused if you see it listed under either or both names.
Enter the Castle
Symbols on the reels include clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds as well as mysteriously dodgy potion bottles, gothic-styled candles, werewolves, bats, a couple of lady vampires and the prince of darkness himself (our vamp, not Ozzy Osborne). The scatter symbol can make a big difference in Empire V, as it’s the one that can get you access to 10 free games. Land three, four, or five of the castle scatter, and the feature will be triggered. You will be ushered to a private wing of the castle, where you will be presented with the chance to play for the real big bucks.
You won’t find the standard card symbols in the game feature. This is great news, as it means the winnings will be higher, with more lucrative combinations. At any point during this round, free spins can be retriggered too. But the question is: will you need a different kind of stake to those you’ve wagered to ward off this bloodthirsty vampire and get out of there? Of course not, because it’s all pretend.
You can check the pay table at any stage to keep track of how you’re doing, or to remind yourself of the symbol values. In the Menu section, you’ll also find access to the full instructions. It’s also through the menu that you’ll be able to switch off the sound, should you find the freaky music a little too terrifying. Use the autoplay button to take the weight off your finger if you need a break from constant spinning. Alternatively, you could go for the old-fashioned manual method to ensure you don’t miss a thing (especially if you’re inclined to want to adapt your wager regularly).
More Bloodsucking Slots
If you like the horror genre and dark settings, slots will provide plenty of rich pickings. Blood Suckers (the original and Mark 2 version) is a hugely popular online casino game, considered one of the best slots in this genre and created by major software developer NetEnt. It has five reels, 25 paylines, free spins, multipliers and a picking round, although in this version you actually get to slay the vampires and win prizes in the process.
The video animation and atmosphere of the game is good, although it’s probably the fact that it boasts a massive 98% RTP which places it a cut above the rest. Try it for yourself, with bets starting from as little as 0.01 and a possible jackpot of 7,500 coins.
If you like the Novomatic/Greentube vibe but not too much variance, then it’s worth having a flutter on Haul of Hades. Take a trip into the underworld, where 40 paylines, stacked symbols and a very low level of volatility await. As with all of this developer’s games, you’ll find Haul of Hades plays just as good on a smartphone or tablet as on a desktop.
Do none of these suggested slots take your fancy? Would you like something entirely different, but aren’t sure quite what? You can always check out our reviews of other games to learn more about new releases, old favourites and everything in between.
Coining It In
Whether you play slots on your iPad, on the go on your mobile, or at home on your tablet, or desktop, Empire V certainly offers some AWP if you’re into the horror theme. While there’s ample vampire action available out there, Greentube’s version supplies good features and ambient graphics, in a game that won’t suit everyone, but will surely suit some. The main considerations are that bets start at 200.00 credits and that this is a fairly volatile game, making it better suited to the high roller. Although with those coins up for grabs, there’s everything to play for in Empire V, so give it a spin and see how you fare in this vampire’s lair.