Dracula is a 5-reel, 4-row, fixed 40-pay line online slot from NetEnt. Old Drac has taken many forms (including – plenty of times – a bat) since Bram Stoker came up with him as a character in 1897. Legends of foul creatures who were dead but could suck the blood of the living in order to retain a half-life had been around for centuries, but Bram’s version created the first vampiric superstar. Dracula has since appeared in various films and TV shows. Among the actors to have portrayed him: Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Gary Oldman and even Leslie ‘Naked Gun’ Neilsen. Now, thanks to NetEnt, Dracula has added his bite to the world of online slots.
This game starts as often one of NetEnt’s classic slots does – with a superb video animation as an unseen Dracula chases down his latest victim. After that, the fun begins. You select your coin level from 0.01 to 1.00, and your bet level from one to ten. All forty rows are in play at all times, and each coin you pay is enough to cover two rows.
The symbols in this game are playing card values jack through to ace, along with some sad souls, all of whom will be soon finding that Mr Dracula can be a right pain in the neck. When you are ready to bat, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts commence at 5x for any three identical playing card symbols. The jackpot can be secured by by landing five of any part of Dracula’s stacked symbol, or his lady love’s stacked symbol, on five consecutive reels on an active payline. This will pay you 200x your line bet.
A ‘W’ symbol is wild in this slot and will substitute for all other symbols. The wilds only appear on the central three reels, though.
Stacked wilds are a three-symbol-high symbol featuring Drac and his other ‘alf. They only appear on reel three though, and only during free spins.
If you manage to land the Dracula stacked symbol complete on reel two, and the Drac’s lady pal stacked symbol complete on reel four, then you win ten free spins. During your freebies, if you land the complete ‘Drac and lady’ symbol on reel three you land another two bonus freebies.
During the game, Dracula will occasionally dissolve into a flock of bats. When he does this, the bats will fly across the screen and turn a certain number of symbols into the same symbol. During free spins this transformation happens on every spin.
For good measure, Drac will snarl at you from time to time, especially if you win big.
This online slot is very atmospheric and comes complete with an ominous soundtrack, but it does seem to lack a certain bite. The graphics are stunning, as usual from a NetEnt slot, but the gameplay does get dull and repetitive too quickly. This is an online slots game that’s best played at night for the full spooky effect. Just make sure you keep the garlic handy, just in case!
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