Name:  Dracula

Developer:  NetEnt

Paylines:  25

Reels:  5

Rows:  3

RTP:  95.06%

Variance:  Low

Top Payout:  3,750x

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About This Slot

The atmosphere in this vampire-themed game is not for the faint of heart, set as it is in an eerie, gothic room in Dracula’s sinister castle. The artwork here is first class, with highly animated scenes showing the blood-sucking count, cinematic graphics and all accompanied by a terrifying musical score. It’s compelling stuff and those who enjoy these types of slots might spot the resemblance to Van Helsing’s Book of the Undead by 1×2 Gaming or Dracula’s Family by Playson.

Bets start at just 25p per play and wins are triggered by landing 3 or more matching symbols on consecutive paylines from left to right.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Those expecting a variance as terrifying as the narrative behind this game will find themselves disappointed – the range is low to medium which means a fairly steady payout distribution and none of the massive swings you see in classic high-risk slots games. The RTP here is a little below average at 95.06% and the biggest payout advertised is 3,750x.

All this makes Dracula a pretty tame slot in maths terms and gives it a broad appeal and something to keep those who like casual slots play well entertained. High volatility fans may want to look elsewhere however.

Symbols and Graphics

In Stake Logic’s Dracula slot game the low-value icons are represented by the Playing card Suits: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs, all adorned with jewels. Meanwhile, the premium symbols include a Male Character, Female Vampire and a Vampire Hunter, as well as the Count himself, delivering payouts spanning from 16x to 80x the bet when 5 matching ones form a win combination.

Look out as well for the wilds which are here for more than one purpose. Firstly, as usual they substitute for all symbols bar the Scatter and the Bonus icon when completing wins. Secondly, they can form win combos on their own and when 5 appear on a payline prizes of 300x your stake are awarded.

Finally, there is also a Scatter and Bonus symbol which are required to trigger the Free Spins and the Pick Me Bonus rounds where the win potential is greater.

What We Like

  Superb graphics and soundtrack
  Free spins re-tiggers
  3x multipliers in free spins round
  Eerie soundtrack
  Over 3,000x top win

What We Don't Like

  Low variance appeals to all players

Gameplay and Features

Dracula is not a slot with a massive potential like other games on the market right now – it tops out at under 4,000x. However, this is not unusual for a low variance slot and its compensated by gameplay which is stacked with action where Wilds land frequently, the scatters are regular on the reels and free spins round triggers often enough to keep you engaged and on edge!

Let’s see how it all fits together.

The Super Stake Feature

The cleverly-named Super Stake option will double your bet and at the same time increase opportunities for wins. Throughout this mode, the Random Wilds Feature is available where any no-win spin may randomly be offset by 10 Wilds dropped onto the reels to trigger payouts.

The Pick Me Bonus

One of the special icons is the Bonus symbol, depicted as a Dungeon Door in chains. When at least 3 of these appear on a winline on adjacent reels, the Pick Me Game is launched. 12 Chests are distributed over the layout so players can pick one at a time to reveal cash prizes. Wins continue until an empty Chest is opened.

And … if the Bonus is triggered with 4 or 5 symbols, a Multiplier of 1.5x or 2x the bet is applied on all gathered amounts.

The Free Spins Feature

3, 4 or 5 Scatters appearing award a payout of 4x, 25x and 100x the stake respectively and also activate the Free Spins Feature with 10 free plays. Every win you score will be tripled during the free spins round … and … obtaining 3 more Scatters re-triggers Free Spins. So there is a lot to play for here.

The Gamble Feature

At any point during play, you can enter the Gamble Game mode. Here, after any win you can double or quadruple your payout by correctly guessing the suit or color of a facedown card.

Our Verdict

Stakelogic’s latest contribution to the horror genre of slots is all about atmosphere and quality production over electric, high risk gambling. It is a great looking slot but dig beneath the surface and you won’t find much that hasn’t been done many times before. Still, the execution is pretty decent and the top reward isn’t bad for a high risk slot. The free spins round with a 3x multiplier is also fun and having a re-trigger available always adds to the tension and thrills. If you are after low-stakes, low risk gambling and enjoy a great narrative and graphics, this is a good choice for you. If you want to hunt down huge payouts on the other hand, we suggest trying your luck elsewhere.