Halloween is a long way off but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to some scares. Novomatic Interactive Division’s GreenTube launched Ghostly Towers on March 24th and it has all the ingredients to be a major hit.
We put Ghostly Towers through its paces and here’s what we found.
Ghostly Towers Fundamentals
GreenTube created Ghostly Towers with a 5×3 layout featuring 20 paylines. This is pretty standard for online pokies machines these days. The Return To Player (RTP) is set at 95.15%, which isn’t great if we’re honest, but it’s offset by medium volatility. We’d much rather see the RTP closer to 96.5%.
Ghostly Towers has a wide range of bet sizes to choose from. Minimum bets come in at only $0.20 with $40 being the maximum bet. This leads to a maximum payout of 2,400-times your stake, so between $480 and $96,000.
The game is easy to play from your computer or mobile even if the standard payouts are on the low side. You really need to hit the exciting modifiers to win big on this machine.
Ghostly Towers Visuals, Audio and Symbols
We love the story behind Ghostly Towers. You’re invited to spend the night in a haunted house where an eccentric French ghost called Pierre lives! Your quest is to find gems and other treasures under the watchful eye of Pierre. He’s meant to scare you away from his haunted house, but you won’t want to leave because he dishes out the exciting modifiers where the more lucrative prizes lay in wait.
Don’t be put off by the Ghostly Towers name because it isn’t scary in the slightest. Think more along the lines of Scooby-Doo rather than Nightmare on Elm Street!
The graphics are cartoony rather than spooky. Expect to see the traditional ten-through-aces spinning around the screen. Also watch for other ghostly and ghoulish-relate symbols , gems and treasures.
Pierre the friendly ghost is the symbols you want to frequently see because it unlocks the best features. The ghost’s appearance activates one of a number of reel modifiers. It also serves as the pokies’ wild symbol.
Free Spins, Bonuses Features, and Reel Modifiers
Three modifiers are randomly called during the main game or during the free spins feature.
Wickedly Weird Wilds sees Pierre make an appearance and add up to 15 Wild symbols to the reels. It goes without saying that this opens up the possibility of significant wins.
Mental Multiplier Mania is another modifier where Pierre the ghost is a key figure. Here, he adds a multiplier factor up to 20x. It is this feature where the biggest prize possible is awarded. Ghostly Towers has a 120x maximum win, but 2,400x when the maximum Mental Multiplier Mania is active.
Spooky Symbol Slither is the third and final modifier available on Ghostly Towers. Pierre appears and removes one or more symbols from the reel and replaces them with new matching symbols.
There’s also a free spins feature to trigger on Ghostly Towers. Your free spins are triggered when three or more free spins symbols land on the reels. Five free spins plus either 6, 8, or 10 random gems are awarded. Those gems are used to trigger corresponding features when you have at least five of the same colour. The free spins you receive are:
- 3 Free Spins symbols = 5 free spins plus 6 random gems
- 4 Free Spins symbols = 5 free spins plus 8 random gems
- 5 Free Spins symbols = 5 free spins plus 10 random gems
Ghostly Towers is a fun machine and one you should play if you get the chance. Don’t go thinking that you’re going to be terrified by state-of-the-art monster graphics or you will be disappointed.
The RTP could and should be higher, but the medium volatility means you won’t go long spells without sampling that winning feeling. The standard maximum win of 120x your stake isn’t anything to write home about and the ultimate maximum payout of 2,400x won’t win it any awards. Yet there’s a charm about Ghostly Towers. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not and does what it needs to well.