It might not be Halloween anymore, but who doesn’t love a bit of horror all year round, right? Better yet, November has just seen the launch of the new Resident Evil movie – and what could be scarier than that? Let’s check out a handful of the best spooky and scary online slots available right now.
Resident Evil 6 (Skywind)
Perhaps a strange choice for a new Resident Evil-based games, considering we’ve seen Resident Evil Biohazard and Village released in the near-decade since the launch of Resident Evil 6. Could it be a licensing issue, perhaps? Or will we be seeing a string Resident Evil slots in the near future based on the more recent games? The last release of Resident Evil 6 was a Nintendo Switch port in October 2019, but it was a fan favorite to the extent it was re-released on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One in March 2016, despite already being four years old by that point.
The slot includes bonus rounds based on Ada, Chris, Jake, and of course Leon, who deservedly gets the sticky wild zombies in his bonus round. The RTP is a little low at 95.09%, and the maximum possible win of 3,000x your stake feels a little quaint these days, but as far as scaring yourself out of your wits whilst playing slots games is concerned, it’s hard to compete with Capcom’s seminal survival-horror franchise.
Bloodsuckers 1 & 2
When Bloodsuckers 2 first appeared, some fans were a little disappointed – Both games are included under the same title here because they are essentially the same game, with the sequel more of a reimagining (or just an excellent excuse to reignite interest in the game when it was converted to HTML5) than a true follow-up to NetEnt’s smash hit Bloodsuckers game.
One of the big reasons for the success of Bloodsuckers was always its incredibly high RTP of 98% – very high for a slot game, and even beating European Roulette, whilst we’re counting! The familiar coffin picking bonus round is back, although this time it does have several levels you can progress through to earn bigger rewards. The result is a drop to a more average 96.4% RTP, but don’t let that put you off – the wild symbol has earned a payout of its own this time around too, and though you won’t see it fall often, five on a payline will win you 10,000 coins.
Microgaming has a long history of making some of the best 243-ways to win slot games in the business, and with the popularity of zombie shows such as the Walking Dead and its spinoffs dominating AMC’s schedules these days, it was only a matter of time before we saw the world’s original online casino game developer create something like this.
The theoretical RTP is 96%, but working out the maximum win from this one is a little bit more difficult because of how the free spins bonus round works – the more sticky infected wild stacks (that sound’s kind of wrong, doesn’t it?) you can accumulate on the screen, the better, with 2,155x your stake being awarded for every spin you have left at the point you complete that magical full screen.
It’s not quite up there with Immortal Romance (another Microgaming slot that could well have made it onto this list) as far as Microgaming’s best 243-way games goes, but it sure isn’t far off – give this one a try.
Sometimes, reading slot reviews around the web can be a confusing business. Take PG Soft’s Vampire’s Charm for example – a ten payline, five reel slot with an RTP of 96.75% that is confusingly labelled as being “Medium Variance”. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to place any game with a top payout of 20,000x your stake in the medium variance category, and that’s not all this spooky slot from this relatively unknown developer has to offer either.
Two bonus features are included – an expanding symbol bonus, which are often not very exciting at all, but here’s the difference this time around – PG have even included the scatter symbol amongst the glyphs which can expand to double or triple their original size. This means that any spin with even a single scatter landing could result in entry to the free spins bonus round.
Speaking of those free spins, you can win up to 10, 15 or 20 depending on how many scatter symbols are onscreen at the time the feature is triggered, with the above numbers being awarded for 3, 4, and 5 respectively. It will be fascinating to see what other games PG Soft produces in the coming months – this seems to be a developer worth keeping an eye out for.