Count Spectacular is obviously a play on the Dracula theme but although this may be one of the more venerable slots (I seem to recall that Vampires are ageless anyway), it really packs a punch with some excellent features including not just one, but two progressive jackpots!
The basics reveal that Count Spectacular is a 5x3 reel slot that has a total of 25 paylines in play. You can select the number of paylines in play as well as the size of the bet you wish to make to tailor the size of your bet. This gives you a starting bet of just 0.01 per spin, although you can wager considerably more than that if you have the funds.
The game does look a little dated nowadays, but the symbols on the reels are still nicely styled and resemble a cartoon. There are none of the annoying playing card lows across the symbol, so credit to developers Real Time Gaming for that, instead what we have are a bunch of Vampire and horror themed items including bats, garlic, a mirror, an empty open coffin, a coach as well as a wolf and what looks like a rather beaten up zombie.
There's lots of symbols on the reels, but one to watch out for closely is the Count Spectacular symbol. When he appears on the reels, then he acts as an expanding wild, expanding across to cover the entire reel as a Wild and thus helping create numerous winning paylines.
Indeed it is this feature which is particularly prominent when it comes to landing some of the bigger wins in the base game, especially if you can land two or more of the wilds on the reels in a single spin as then you can land some great base game wins.
Land five of the Count symbols across the reel and you can take home the base game jackpot, which is 50,000 coins. Real Time Gaming do cap wins at this level which is one of the less positive aspects of the slot.
Other top paying symbols on the reels include the heroine of the piece who pays out 2,500 coins when landed five across the reels. Igor pays half that for five and you can get 750 coins when you land the wolf on five positions across a payline.
One thing to note with the Count Spectacular slot is that this is a highly volatile game and wins don't come easily. As such, you'll need to budget sensibly on this game to enjoy the best of it. Don't be tempted to wager more on fewer spins as that way lies going bust.
Another symbol to watch out for is the Castle symbol. This is the scatter symbol, although it has no free spins bonus or other bonus game attached and simply pays out between two and 200 times your total bet depending on whether you land 3, 4 or 5 of the symbols across the reels.
To trigger the free spins round you need to land the expanding Count Spectacular symbol on reel one and also reel five. When this occurs you are then left with a choice. You can elect to take 12 free spins of the reels, or four re-spins of the reels, but with the current two reels completely wild for the duration of the re-spins.
While it is nice that players have the choice, it is always far more sense here to take the re-spins option given that two reels are completely Wild for your re-spins and there is the chance of some big wins if you can land decent combinations of symbols on the middle three reels.
Furthermore at the conclusion of any spin, you could win one of the progressive jackpots. Unlike other games, these jackpots are triggered entirely at random following a spin, so even if your spin isn't a winner, you could still walk away with either of the progressive jackpot prizes.
With so many bonus games, the dated look of Count Spectacular will soon be forgotten once you have the reels spinning and with some nice sound effects, simple cartoon style graphics and some fantastic bonus games, this is definitely a slot you'll keep coming back to.
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