The Netent Dracula Slot game brings us the tale of Dracula, a chilling story, but it is also a Universal tale of love. Universal as in meaning both a narrative that resonates with us all, and made under license from Universal by Net Entertainment. When those two powerhouses get together we know we are in for an online slots tour de force. Throw in some randomly appearing nosferatu, Stacked Wilds and a spine-tingling intro and right from the off we have the makings of a classic.
We mentioned a spine-tingling intro – a maiden is chased through Victorian streets by a cluster of bats. She darts down a side street and makes it to safety…or does she? And so the scene is set with expert storytelling, then with aplomb we launch into the base game to see a brooding Dracula tapping his fingers on his throne next to the reel case. This is a muscular, chiseled Dracula, more akin to the sexy nosferatu of True Blood than Gary Oldman in Francis Ford Coppola’s movie classic. We can expect our Dracula Slot to burst into life across the five reels whenever we land a winner from the game’s 40 pay-lines.
And so to the love story. Dracula appears Stacked on reel 2, while the imaginatively titled Lady – the object of his affections – lands Stacked on reel 4. Without a title this Lady could be anybody – and we suppose that’s the point. This could be you caught up in an eternal love story, in a forbidden love for which you could pay the ultimate price. Although, think of the all-night raves you could go to. Speaking of Wild, the game’s regular Wild symbol is a W drawn ominously in blood, doing all the substitution duties in the base game only without having any reflection in a mirror.
Landing both our Stacked Dracula and Stacked Lady on reels 2 and 4 during the base game launches the game’s bonus feature – 10 Free Spins. The Stacked Wilds are back, and now with an extra Stacked Symbol during the Free Spins round – Dracula and the Lady entwined in each other’s arms on reel 3. Landing this extra Stacked Symbol will grant us an extra two free spins per occurrence.
During the base game the randomly activated Bat Feature brings a cluster of bats swarming onto the reels, landing anywhere in a cluster formation and transforming into the same symbol. This may randomly create big wins during the base game, but during the Free Spins round the Bat Feature is active on every single spin, really heightening the drama and potential of big wins that will leave a much less sour taste in the mouth than a neck full of blood.
The Dracula Slot has everything – story, atmosphere, feature-rich game-play and bonuses, unpredictability, fantastic game and sound design. I don’t know which is more scary – Dracula’s menacing broodiness or how good Net Entertainment are at developing online slots. At least the development executives at NetEnt aren’t going to suck our blood…or are they?