Slots OnlinePublished: sat 5 jun 2021
Long before films such as Saw and The Conjuring came along, horror movies tended to have a more gothic and tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. We mention that only because the latest slot from Thunderkick has a wonderfully nostalgic style that reminds us of the old Hammer Horror classics such as Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein. The slot is called Baron Bloodmore and the Crimson Castle, and if the title hasn't already given things away, it focuses on an aristocratic vampire and his brides.
Welcome to Crimson Castle!
This is a five-reel slot with 25 pay lines and takes place on a balcony overlooking what we assume to be the courtyard of Crimson Castle. It is dusk or thereabouts, and the light from the castle windows shines eerily through a thickening fog.
The reels are populated with colourful symbols that include the playing card ranks of J, Q, K, and A, a golden vulture, a white wolf, a gargoyle, and the typically dapper Baron Bloodmore himself. Three female vampire characters serve as wilds, a skull serves as a free spins scatter and the Crimson Castle symbol serves as a cash scatter. We will discuss those scatter symbols separately a little later.
Graphically, this game has a rather comic-book style that will appeal to anyone who enjoyed reading horror comics in their teenage years. An orchestral soundtrack accompanies your gameplay, and a variety of nicely selected sound effects further enhance the whole 'horror classic' atmosphere.
Massive Mystery Symbol
In addition to the symbols already mentioned, a Massive Mystery Symbol can appear on any spin when playing the main game. This symbol measures 3x3, and only appears on the middle three reels. When it lands, it will randomly transform itself into one of the other symbols (but never into the free spins scatter), making it a lot easier to profit from multiple winning lines.
Free Spins Bonus Game
Get three or more free spins scatter symbols on the reels at the same time, and you'll trigger a special Free Spins Bonus Game. The number of spins you will get depends on how many scatters triggered the feature. There are 10, 15, or 20 free spins up for grabs for landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters, respectively.
What makes this feature particularly exciting is the fact that the Massive Mystery Symbol will land on each free spin. That means you're a lot more likely to win during this Bonus Game than you are in the main game, which makes the free spins even more valuable.
Crimson Cash Bonus Game
A second very good feature in Baron Bloodmore and the Crimson Castle is a Crimson Cash Bonus Game. This is triggered by getting three cash scatter symbols on three different reels. When that happens, the regular reels will be replaced with ones that only have symbols showing bet multipliers and blank spaces. The bet multipliers can be worth anything from 1 to 50 times the bet.
This Bonus Game gives you three free spins to start with. However, when you get a symbol on an empty space, the free spins reset to three. Symbols remain in place once they have landed, so your aim is to collect as many as possible before you run out of spins.
Five illuminated spaces will give you a pattern bonus when you have filled them with symbols. The multiplier value of each symbol in that pattern will be added together, then added to the value of a central symbol, and finally doubled. These pattern symbols will then be removed, and another pattern of illuminated spaces will be shown.
Two special symbols can appear in this part of the game. One is a Spawn symbol, which will add its own value to all other symbols on the reels. The other is a Copy symbol that copies the values of all other symbols into itself.
As you can probably tell, this feature is rather difficult to describe in writing, so it is best understood by triggering and playing it. Suffice it to say that it's very engaging and can help you to land some serious cash prizes.
Win Up to 25,000 Times Your Bet!
Baron Bloodmore and the Crimson Castle is a superb slot that needs to be played to be appreciated fully. It has a great classic horror theme, some fantastic features and gives you the chance to win up to 25,000 times your bet. If you can't sink your fangs into a game like this, you must be undead!
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