Vampires might live forever – or at least for as long as they can avoid coming into contact with dangerously pointy sticks – but they have certainly changed a lot over the last century or so. Back in the days of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires were portrayed as evil creatures of the night who needed to be stopped at all costs. Then along came Interview with the Vampire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight, and before long vampires came to be seen as attractively mysterious characters who just happen to need human blood to survive. The new Blood Lust slot from ELK Studios continues the latter tradition, portraying vampires as rather alluring beings who are driven by a lust for blood.
Explore the Dark Side
Blood Lust is a five-reel slot with three rows which is presented against a dark landscape. On the extreme left stands a castle bathed in moonlight, whilst an eerie looking tree occupies the extreme right. The game has 99 pay lines, and the symbols on the reels include representations of the playing card suits of clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts, three unnamed vampire characters, a Dracula symbol and an elaborate Wild. Three red candles grace a Respin symbol on the fifth reel, whilst a vial of blood serves as a Bonus scatter symbol.
This slot has a mature comic-book style, so you can expect the visuals to be sleek, sexy and at some points very nicely animated. Audio is also impressive, with an atmospheric soundtrack and subtle sound effects helping to draw you into the rich darkness of the night.
We would suggest playing this game with the lights turned down low and the audio turned up fairly high to get the most out of the experience. Of course, the first suggestion just given might not be possible if you are using a tablet or smartphone to play on your morning commute to work, but the gameplay will be just as enjoyable.
Boosted Stacks Feature
A Boosted Stacks feature ensures that every reel contains stacks of matching symbols, which should make it easier to achieve a winning line. The stacked symbols will be randomly determined at the beginning of each spin, and they may differ from reel to reel.
Boosted Respin Feature
The Boosted Respin feature can be triggered at any time by the appearance of the Respin symbol on the fifth reel. When this happens, one of the other symbols in view will be randomly selected and all instances of that symbol – along with any Bonus scatter symbols – will stick. A respin of all other symbols will then take place to see if those sticky symbols can help you to land a win or two.
Blood Lust Bonus Game
The main special feature in Blood Lust is a Bonus Game. This can be triggered by getting three Bonus scatter symbols on the reels at the same time, and it will award you a stated number of free spins. The number of free spins which you will receive is determined by the number of cells between the scatter symbols on the reels, with one free spin being given for every intervening cell, plus one for each scatter. This being the case, the more scattered around the reels the Bonus symbols are, the more free spins you will get.
During this Bonus Game, a symbol meter will appear above the reels for all of the unnamed vampire character symbols. Every time one of those character symbols appears on the reels, it will help to fill the associated meter. When a meter is completely full, all instances of the associated vampire character will be transformed into the Dracula symbol and an extra free spin will be awarded. The more meters you fill, the more Dracula symbols you will see on the reels, and the more free spins you will enjoy.
Embrace the Blood Lust
As a regular online slot player, you probably don’t have a genuine blood lust of any kind, but if you still have a soft spot the oft-misunderstood vampire community, this game is well worth spending some time with. It is a high variance title, which makes it ideally suited to those who are prepared to be patient in an effort to land big wins, and the top prize is worth 2,500 times your bet, which could help you to start saving for a down-payment on a Transylvanian castle. Head over to your favourite casino offering titles from ELK Studios to start stalking your prey tonight!
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