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Vampires have been used as a theme in dozens of slots games, so it is no surprise to see Merkur make a contribution to the genre with their slot called, handily enough, Vampires. They have opted for the theme of romantic vampires, as seen in movies like Twilight, rather than classic horror or cartoons. Romance is in the air for all time with this game.
So read this Vampires slot review to find out whether this game will make you swoon with passion, or is just going to bleed you dry.
|House Edge: 4.00%||Return to player: 96.00%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: May 1, 2017||Min Bet: 0.1|
|Max Bet: 10||Scatters: Yes|
|Gamble: No||Max Coins: 5|
|Reels: 5||Paylines: 5|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: Yes|
|Wild: Yes||Software: Merkur Gaming|
|House Edge:||4.00 %||4.02 %|
|Return to player:||96.00 %||95.98 %|
The Vampires slot machine is played on a grid of 5 reels and 3 rows. There are just 5 paylines in operation in this game. The minimum bet for UK players is usually 5p and the maximum is £10. The game uses HTML5 technology and can, therefore, be played on mobile devices without there being any reduction in quality. Merkur released the game in May 2017.
If you like to take a more passive approach to your slots gaming there is an autoplay button, and you can set this to remain in place for a specific number of spins. The game has an ‘I’ button, and if you click this you can access the paytable and also see the structure of the paylines. There is no turbo play function, so if you want to speed things up you’ll just have to click more quickly.
The Vampires slot game has an RTP of 96%, which is typical for a slot of this type. It is also pretty typical for a Merkur slot. Other slots from Merkur with a similar RTP include Amulet of the Pharaoh (96%), Gold Beaver (95.99%) and Eye of Horus (96.31%).
If you prefer to base your slots strategy around a game’s variance, then it is worth knowing that Vampires is a medium to high variance game. This means that you need to be watching out for the big wins that might come along at infrequent intervals. They are more likely to bring you success than a series of frequent smaller wins. When we tried the game we found that the feature did not come along very often. There were an awful lot of spins where nothing at all happened.
The reels for the Vampires slot hang between the frames of a gate. Stone carvings of gargoyles adorn this gate, and it sits in front of a spooky forest scene. There is not a lot of detail in these graphics, and they look very basic. This is not a slot where you are drawn into a world packed with immersive and intriguing detail. The game looks a bit basic and, if we’re being honest, a little bit dated. There is a sort of retro feel to the game, like something you would find in a cabinet-based game in the 1980s.
There is nothing slick or smooth about the game in any way. The reels almost seem to creak, such is the poor quality of the animation. The lines that indicate wins look like they were scrawled on the grid with felt tip pen. The music is horrible. A tune plays when you record wins and it’s electronic and very harsh on the ears. We recommend that you use the mute button when you play the game.
The symbols on the reels do not improve the overall quality of the game’s appearance either. The lower value symbols are the usual range of letters rendered in different colours. The higher value symbols are objects associated with the theme of the game. You will see a goblet, a castle and a dagger. They do not look particularly appealing but you can at least recognise that they are. There is also a woman who looks like she might be the main love interest in the story that the slot is trying to tell. Again, there is a clumsy look to her appearance, like the designers did not take much time over the graphics. This symbol and the wild symbol do feature some very basic animation when they appear during gameplay, but this just looks clumsy.
A handsome young male vampire doubles up as both the scatter symbol and the wild. He can substitute for all other symbols to create winning combinations for you. He also plays a key role in the game’s free spins bonus feature. We’ll take a closer look at the Vampires slot bonus features in the next section of this review.
The Vampires slot has a very basic and simple overall feel to it, and this extends to its bonus features. The game has a simple free spins bonus for you. In addition to the free spins bonus, you can also boost your winnings with a gamble feature. You can read about both of those features next.
In addition to the free spins feature, you can also pick up some extra wins thanks to the game’s gamble feature. This happens every time you spin in a win on the reels. You have 2 options when it comes to gambling your win: card gamble and ladder gamble. You can choose your gamble option by clicking on the tabs in the bottom left corner of the screen. You can bank your winnings rather than gambling by clicking the money bag icon.
Card gamble is where you bet on the draw of a card. You need to wager on its colour, and you can double your winnings up to maximum of £140.
For ladder gamble, you need to bet your way up a fruit machine style ladder. Again, the maximum win you can take from this feature is £140.
We were very disappointed with the Vampires slot – it certainly did not have us swooning in a fit of darkly romantic passion. So this Vampires slot review has to conclude on a bit of downbeat note. We did not find much to enjoy in this game. Its medium to high variance meant that we did not enjoy the free spins feature very often, and when it did arrive it all felt a little flat. The game’s graphics and sound also left us wanting more.
If you’re interested in vampires slots games with a romantic theme then we suggest giving Immortal Romance from Microgaming a go. Other vampire slots that are worth a try are Undying Passion from Spinomenal and Dracula from Net Entertainment.