Created in cooperation with the Universal Studios, the 5-reel 40-payline pokie is a dark, blood-curdling game about vampires in the Victorian era. It was those times that the vampire fiction gained prominence and culminated in Bram Stoker’s Dracula written in 1897. The reviewed pokie masterfully conveys the bone-chilling bloodsucking creatures who fearmongered the local population, putting them in fear. The perfectly drawn symbols look perfect and animations are above all praise – all of these combined create a remarkable gothic atmosphere that unfolds on a 5x4 reel payout.
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Symbols include playing cards J, Q, K and A designed as coats of arms, and three different Londoners who begin to shake with fright when part of a winning combination. The paytable is pretty uniform: A young tradesman holding money in his hands, an old man with a wine bottle, and a portly matron pay out 10, 40 or 60 coins for three, four or five of a kind. The same uniformity refers to J–A cards that pay 5 to 40 coins for a combination. The vampire and his beloved are the top-paying symbols and the distinction from other icons is that they are stacked. Stacked symbols can appear partially on one or two positions, or fully on three positions. The maximum payout they provide is equal to 200 coins for five of a kind.
Bet sizes are equally pleasant for heavy bettors and low-rollers because the minimum bet is as low as $0.20 per spin, although the pokie has 40 lines, and the maximum bet is $200. Being aware of the maximum line bet ($5), you can calculate the top prize in the pokie: $5 times 200 = $1000.
The animated Dracula is always seated to the left of the reels, keeping a close eye on you and responding to winning combos. Sometimes during a base game spin, he can disintegrate and morph into a flock of bats that would fly in, land next to each other on the reels and transform into the same random symbol, including a wild. They land in a single cluster, not separately, and this increases possibilities to complete a combination of these symbols.
The pokie boasts of two wilds, both of them act as substitutes but a smaller wild that takes up one symbol position appears in the base game only. The wild is visible on the second, third and fourth reels only.
Free spins are triggered in a very unusual way. As you may know, most pokies require you to hit at least three scatters to receive a certain number of free spins. In the reviewed game, you need to land fully-stacked Dracula and Lady symbols on reels 2 and 4 simultaneously. Once this happens, you are awarded 10 free spins. During free spins, a stacked wild becomes active. It depicts the vampire and his darling, standing close and hugging each other. The stacked wild is a substitute for regular pictures and it lands on the central reel only. It has one more advantage in that when landed, you receive two extra free spins to the remaining ones.
Dracula is a five-reel pokie with a randomly started Bat feature, free spins and a stacked wild. Its stunning graphics and eye-catching animations make it an excellent title for gamblers who like vampire themed 3D pokies.