Setting the Scene
The Halloween season is upon us and to celebrate Playtech has released one of its best slots yet. Halloween Fortune is a beautifully crafted slot game with lots of detail. Everything from the symbols on the reels, to the scenery of cobwebs and wizened trees around the witches’ house, to the spooky background sounds, creates a ghostly atmosphere. You, the player, are invited to join three witches for this special night and to use their magic to conjure yourself up a bonus or a jackpot – and there are plenty of those to be had. In a break from convention, Playtech’s Halloween witches are easy-on-the-eye and amply endowed with, ehm, magic powers. Could this be the year when you make your Halloween Fortune? Spin now on this slot for free, here at Free Slots, to find out.
Playtech is increasingly moving away from using traditional playing card symbols in its online slots, a welcome trend which is reflected in Halloween Fortune. All the symbols come with some animation and special audio when triggered in a payline. The “regular” symbols are as follows (listed in descending order according to their maximum jackpot value):
- Witch in the blue dress – 1000 coins for 5 symbols
- Witch in the red dress – 500 coins for 5 symbols
- Witch in the green dress – 400 coins for 5 symbols
- The witches’ cat – 300 coins for 5 symbols
- The crow – 250 coins for 5 symbols
- The skull candlestick – 200 coins for 5 symbols
- The magic potion – 150 coins for 5 symbols
- The witches’ magic pendant – 100 coins for 5 symbols
Even though is information is relevant only if you’re playing for real money, we feel we should mention that you don’t have to land 5 symbols of all the above if win a prize; there are smaller jackpots for even just 2 or 3 symbols (2 x the witches’ cat, for example, will win you 5 coins).
The special symbols on the Halloween Fortune slot are the WILD (a Halloween Pumpkin), the Halloween Fortune SCATTER (a spooky old tree with the moon in the background) and the Witches’ Brew BONUS symbol (a cauldron full of bubbling green liquid).
- WILD – wins you 10,000 coins for 5 symbols on a payline, and substitutes for any symbol except the scatter and the bonus symbols.
- SCATTER – if you land a winning payline with scatters in it, your payouts are multiplied by your total bet and added to your line wins.
- BONUS – when this symbol lands anywhere on reels 1 and 5 at the same time, the Witches’ Brew Bonus Round is launched (more details below).
Wagers and Jackpots
Halloween Fortune is not a progressive jackpot slot but does come with generous prizes and other ways to win big when playing for real cash (see Other Ways to Win). The game is a 5-reel, 20 payline slot. You can between 0.01 and 5.00 €/£/$ per line (depending on which currency you’re using) thereby increasing your chances of a truly massive jackpot win. This makes Halloween Fortune a nice game for players on differing budgets: the maximum bet per spin is 100 €/£/$ and the minimum is 0.01 €/£/$. Simply hit the Bet Max button if you want to put it all on the line. The top jackpot you can win on just one spin is 10,000 coins (for 5 wild symbols on a payline); the lowest is 5 coins (for 2 witches’ cats, 3 magic potions, or 3 witches’ pendants).
Other Ways to Win
- Witches’ Brew Bonus – this is your chance to get up close and personal with these rather attractive witches. The bonus round is triggered by the bonus symbol landing on any position on reels 1 and 5, at the same time, after one spin. The interactive bonus feature then plays out in two stages. First you have to select the witch you want to work with. Then you choose one of six magic potions you want her to create. Depending on which choice you make, you can win up to 20 free games with a x 10 multiplier, with the chance to win more free games if the bonus symbol lands simultaneously on reels 1 and 5 again while your free spins are playing out.
- Gamble Feature – the Gamble game is a trademark feature of Playtech slots. You can click on it after any winning spin. Then you must guess whether the next card to be turned over from a deck will be black or red. Get it right and you can double your winnings, get it wrong and you can lose it all.
Music, audio and graphics
Playtech have done a great job with the design of Halloween Fortune. It’s not a 3D slot so it lacks some of the “wow” entertainment factor of a Net Ent or Betsoft game, but it does have the benefit of realistic graphics, lots of color and sharp animations. We appreciate what they’ve tried to do with the windy storm audio that plays in the background throughout the game, but it does sound a little like someone breathing heavily into a microphone.
The Last Word
All in all this is a highly entertaining slot and dare we say one of Playtech’s best so far – although it lags a little behind Playtech’s Marvel Slot Series (visit our Comics Slots to play these) in terms of intense animations. You should definitely give this game a go this Halloween. Eight out of ten.