NetEnt isn’t one to shy away from creating spooky, Halloween-based slots. So it’s a welcome return to form on its Halloween Jack Slot, a five reel, 20 payline online slot that really jacks up the October celebrations. If you were never afraid of jack-o-lanterns or pumpkins before, that’s soon to change after giving Halloween Jack a spin. But the fear factor will give way to joy once the Walking Wild feature and three bonus rounds come into play.
With a name like Halloween Jack Slot (and knowing NetEnt like we do) we might think at first that we are going to be introduced to a new spooky character named Jack. Not the case. What we get instead are eerie symbols such as Horseshoes, Ravens, Bats, Horses and a Vampire and the card symbols 10 to Ace, all adorned with gruesome hands. Spooky. As we spin away, waiting for the symbols to make us jump out of our skin, we notice the gloomy landscape, bats flying in the distance and when we have the sound turned up, those spine-tingling chills ramp the atmos up to eleven.
The Vampire can give us 50 times our stake (hehe pun intended) when she appears five times across a payline, while no Halloween slot would be complete without a pumpkin, which appears here as our Wild. Any win involving the Wild Pumpkin gives us a 3x multiplier and triggers the Walking Wild feature, which delivers re-spins while all Wilds move one reel to the left. We get more re-spins until there are no more Wilds on screen. The chills suddenly seem to get a lot warmer.
We land 10 free spins when three or more of the Treasure Chest Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. If we get three or more Scatters during the feature, we get an additional five spins. With free spins in our armoury, we’re ready to conquer Halloween Jack Slot. Our mission is a lot easier when the Walking Wild feature comes into play during the Free Spins, boosting our wins with a 3x multiplier.
During the bonus game, it’s important to keep all eyes peeled for the Lantern symbol which only appears on the fifth reel. When it lands, it activates the Jack O’ Lector feature. This gives us access to three bonus Wilds. Collect three Lanterns to activate the Stacked Hell Hound Wild, six Lanterns for the Stacked Jack O’ Lantern Wild and nine for the Expanding Death Reaper Wild. Each of these bonuses can benefit from the Walking Wild feature as well as their own enhancements, such as being super spooky Stacked Wilds.
If you dare to spin the reels and take on Halloween Jack, you’ll be rewarded for your bravery. With the chance to win up to 600,000 coins, there are plenty of opportunities to win. And we win something a lot tastier than we would if we went out trick-or-treating. The only gripe with the Halloween Jack slot? It’s the Jack O’ Lector feature. We mean, come on NetEnt. It’s done Halloween so well, it’s got an amazingly creepy soundtrack and images but why try and squeeze in a reference to Hannibal?