Play’n GO has released a new online pokie fresh in time for the Halloween celebrations. Helloween is the latest addition to the extensive Play’n GO portfolio. It promises to be spooky yet fun, but is it a good pokie? That is the ultimate question. That’s the question we have the answer to.
Helloween isn’t only a play on the word Halloween, it’s also the name of a German power metal band. The band features prominently throughout your time at this pokie.
A short video clip of the band on stage plays when you first fire up Helloween. The band’s heavy soundtrack plays throughout, too.
The pokie itself looks like your run of the mill machine. You play on a 5×3 layout with 10 winlines paying left to right. Play’n Go state this machine’s volatility is medium while its RTP weighs in at 96.2%. The RTP, or house edge, is slightly less than average for today’s modern pokies.
The version of Helloween we tested had a 96.2% RTP but it’s available with 92.4%. Stay clear of the lesser RPT as a 7.6% house edge is awful.
There’s a bet size for every pokie player on the planet. Bet from only $0.10 and up to $100 per spin. This leads to a potential maximum payout of 5,000-times your bet, or a cool $500,000.
Helloween Symbols and Payouts
This pokie has a classic heavy rock theme with spooky pumpkins thrown in for good measure. The lowest value Helloween symbols are the royals, nines through aces. Each symbol is in the style of a heavy metal band’s font.
Spookier symbols represent the higher values. Zombie hands, ghouls, a sorcerer, and a gold ring with a pumpkin face wait for you.
It is unsurprising to learn the Wild is a pumpkin; why wouldn’t it be? There’s also a scatter which is a portal with seven keys spinning in it. Landing these on reels 1, 3, and 5 trigger the Keeper of the Seven Keys feature. The scatter acts as a wild, also.
|9, 10 J||0.40||0.80||1.50|
|Q, K, A||0.60||1.20||2.50|
What Are This Pokie’s Bonus Features?
Landing scatters on reels 1, 3, and 5 trigger the free spins bonus features. There are seven possible features, each one unique. Trigger the features sees a seven-sided star spin and where it lands determines your Helloween bonus. Each bonus relates to a song title by the Helloween band.
- I’m Alive: Landed wilds hold in place and expand up or down one place on each spin. They disappear once they’ve filled the reel.
- Future World: Wilds that land expand and fill the entire reel
- Eagle Fly Free: The machine flies in a wild before each spin. These wilds remain in play but move to random reels after each spin.
- Dr Stein: Randomly selected royals turn into wilds on each spin.
- March of Time: Wilds hold in place and move one space to the left after each spin. They disappear after reaching reel 1.
- I Want Out: This is where wilds expand to the size of 2×2 symbol.
- Helloween Spins: Awards 7 free spins and the chance to retrigger any of the other features. Retriggering the Helloween Spins grants another 7 free spins
The fun doesn’t stop there because a random Helloween multiplier is applied to bonus feature winnings. 2x, 3x, 5x, and 10x are the possible multipliers.
It’s easy to get carried away after reviewing a pokie you’ve just won at, which is what happened. It wasn’t a huge win, but we triggered the bonus round twice in around 200 spins. Future World netted us a 45x win and Eagle Fly Free won us 22x.
Remaining unbiased, this is a solid pokie, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from Play’n GO. It does the basics well without being spectacular and the many different features keep matters fresh.
The main annoyance and a negative, in our eyes, or should that be ears, is the soundtrack. Helloween’s heavy metal sound isn’t to everyone’s taste. You can turn it off, but that also removes all sound effects. It would be nice to have the option to just remove the music.
Try Helloween for yourself this Halloween. The funky animations when you trigger the bonuses are worth the price of a few spins in their own right!