Count Spectacular

Count Spectacular

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  • Title: Count Spectacular
  • Type: 5x3 Reels, 25 Paylines, Progressive Jackpot, Castle Scatter Feature, Wilds, Free Spins and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Gothic, Dracula
  • Bonus: 10 No Deposit Free Spins
  • Software: Realtime Gaming
  • Summary: Count Spectacular's Dracula theme packs a punch for Halloween and offers some great opportunities including two progressive jackpots. Get your 10 No Deposit Free Spins today.
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If you are looking for a slot that takes a rather more cartoon-style approach to the Dracula legend, then Count Spectacular from Realtime Gaming is certainly one you can take a look at.

While it is clear that its inspiration is drawn from Bram Stoker's most famous character, this interpretation of the ageless Count who keeps his youthful looks by dining on the blood of virgins, is a rather cheerier approach than a horror one.

That's a good thing as nobody really likes to be scared witless when playing slots, even those that are probably most likely to be enjoyed around the Halloween period.

So, the question is whether this Count's slot offers punters a rather enjoyable game, or whether this bat has fluttered its last and needs a stake through the heart to put it out of its misery. Let's take a look at how the slot shapes up.

Overview

  • Game: Count Spectacular
  • Developer: Realtime Gaming
  • Reels: 5
  • Pay Lines: 25 (selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: $0.01
  • Maximum Bet: $6.25
  • Jackpot: 10,000 coins
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: Yes
  • Volatility: Medium to Low

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Presentation

The Count Spectacular slot is set, as you would expect, inside a rather large mansion house with imposing pillars either side of a window, offering a view out to a dark purple brooding sky. At the top of the screen are your balance, the current bet size and the amount you win on a spin displayed and underneath these are two progressive jackpot counters, the Minor Jackpot and the Major.

The reels come beneath these and it is a 5x3 reel set up with up to 25 lines able to be selected to be in play at any one time. The controls for the reels are located at the foot of the screen and you can alter the bet size, the number of lines in play and use either the Auto Play or Spin button to get the reels spinning.

In truth the presentation is a little basic and without any really spooky sounds to accompany you as you play, unless you trigger the Wild symbol, the game kind of feels rather benign and lacking a little excitement. However, if you like slots that are more retro in their styling, then you won't go far wrong here.

What's on the reels?

What is pleasing about this slot is that Realtime Gaming have done away with the usual playing card low symbols and instead have focused exclusively on the Vampire legend for their symbols and the end result is somewhat pleasing.

There are a number of different lower value symbols offering wins from 5 coins up to 150 coins for between three and five on a line. These are the lantern, mirror, string of garlic, the door knocker, the carriage and the bat.

There are two medium value symbols on the reels too, the first being an open coffin and the second a rather hungry-looking wolf. These symbols pay out when just two are landed on a line and their wins range from 2 coins up to 750 coins.

The higher value standard symbols are the strange one-eyed creature and the rather terrified blonde lady, who also offer pay outs when landed twice on the reels and they offer wins from 3 coins up to the base game biggest standard win of 2,500 coins.

Bigger wins are possible using some of the key features of the slot and we'll look at these in more detail below.

Wild features

The Wild Symbol on the slot is Count Spectacular himself and he serves two purposes. First he can substitute for any of the other symbols on the reels, even including the Scatter symbol, which is a rarity in slot games. Furthermore, when he does land on any of the reels, he will expand across that reel to cover all available positions.

This of course gives you a chance of more than a single pay line win and if you can land more than one of these Wilds on the reels, then your chances of a bigger value base game win increase.

The Count also offers a pay out of between 10 coins and the game jackpot 10,000 coins if you land two, three, four or five of his symbols anywhere across the reels on a paying line.

Free Spins features

The Count Wild Symbol is the key to unlocking the Free Spins bonus rounds and to unlock the bonus you need to land the Count Wild symbol on the first and the fifth reel on a single spin. When you do the feature is triggered and you have a choice of two options to select from.

First you can select 12 Free Spins on the standard reels but with a 3x multiplier in place for any wins you land during your dozen Free Spins. You can also re-trigger this bonus by landing the Count Spectacular Wild on the first and fifth reels again during Free Spins and this will give you an additional 12 Free Spins as a bonus.

However, you can elect to play four re-spins of the reels instead, but have the two Count Spectacular Wilds remain in place on the first and fifth reels for the duration of those re-spins. Of course, with these Wilds in place, your chances of landing a win are increased, but you do have fewer spins, no chance of re-triggering the bonus and no multiplier in play.

Other bonus features

There are two other bonus features of the slot, the first of these is the Castle Scatter Symbols which can offer you a pay out of between 2 and 200 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 of these symbols anywhere across he reels (you can use Wild symbols to help land or increase the value of Scatter Symbol wins).

The other bonus feature of the slot is the two Progressive Jackpots available, the Minor and Major Jackpots and these can be won entirely at random on any spin of the game at any point. They are not triggered by anything that occurs on the reels.

Best feature of the Count Spectacular slot

Without doubt the best feature of the Count Spectacular slot is the choice of two Free Spins bonus games. The benefits of the re-spin option are the two Wilds but I think personally, the greater number of Free Spins, the fact you can re-trigger the bonus and the fact you get a multiplier on the wins makes the 12 Free Spins option the better value bet as if you get lucky, you can still land Wild symbols on those 12 Spins anyway.

The Wilds do make this slot what it is and they add a great deal to the base game (as well as some much-needed sound effects and excitement) and they are definitely the key feature that makes this slot tick along nicely.

What does the Count Spectacular slot lack?

I don't really feel that the Count Spectacular Slot lacks anything in particular, but what I do feel is that it could have been a little more exciting in terms of its presentation. It kind of wants to be a retro slot, but has the features of a more modern slot too and it sits somewhat uncomfortably between the two types of games. That said, it is a fun game to play anyway and the sparse sound there is, does make an impact when it kicks in and plays.

Conclusion

Count Spectacular has proven he's still got plenty of miles left in the tank. I'm not quite sure if this is trying to be a retro-style slot or not, but whatever it is, the mechanics of the game work well and the bonus features are also very impressive and thankfully, not too difficult to trigger. The Expanding Wilds are a nice touch too and the fact the Wilds unlock the Free Spins bonus is a nice touch that makes the game a little different to the norm. This isn't going to win any technical awards, but Count Spectacular is still great fun to play and really in slots, that is what counts.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 11 / 20 - If there's one thing that lets the Count Spectacular slot down it is the presentation values. This is a slot that doesn't know if it is a retro-game, or a modern slot and it sits somewhere between the two. As a result, you kind of don't know who the slot is pitched at exactly and this makes the presentation somewhat sparse if you want a more modern game. The lack of sound as you play other than basic sound effects is a bit of a disappointment on a slot that needs an atmosphere to work best for its subject matter.
  • Game-Play: 15 / 20 - The presentation of the slot may be a bit of a mess, but in terms of the mechanics of the game-play, the Count certainly is Spectacular. This is a hugely fun game to play as you win relatively frequently (although many wins are smaller than your standard bet) but you also trigger the Wild features and even the Free Spins bonus regularly too. Certainly compared to other slots it is much easier to trigger these features on Count Spectacular and that makes for a very enjoyable game.
  • Bonus Features: 17 / 20 - Games that are packed with bonus features can be hit and miss but I think Count Spectacular hits all the top marks here. The two different options when you trigger Free Spins is a nice addition and the fact that Wilds can substitute for Scatters too is also a bonus. I feel the re-spins option in Free Spins is a little too weak in value, hence the lower mark than you would expect but add all that together and then add two Progressive Jackpots and you have a slot packed with fantastic bonuses.
  • Entertainment Factor: 16 / 20 - Any slot where you win relatively often and trigger bonus features is going to be playable and Count Spectacular certainly is. This is a hugely enjoyable game to play and even the lack of atmosphere while you spin the reels doesn't hurt the game too much.
  • Play Value: 13 / 20 - Although you win relatively frequently on the Count Spectacular slot the size of the wins does vary considerably and most wins are generally small. You do need those Wild wins and Free Spins bonuses to top up your balance but the good thing is that they do come along regularly to do precisely that. Big value wins are very tough to hit though as you would expect from a medium to low variance slot.
  • Overall 72 / 100 - Count Spectacular is a fun, enjoyable slot that is laden with great bonus features, offers good value for money, superb fun game-play but with perhaps a very basic presentation style that doesn't do it any favors. Get past that and what you have here is a hugely enjoyable slot to play.

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