Haunted House

Published: 29/01/2013

Software developer Playtech has come up with a new answer to the question, “Why would anyone venture into a haunted house?” Simply enough, it’s the opportunity to strike it rich with just a single spin on the 3-reel “Haunted House” slots game.

The motif here is strictly “things that go bump in the night.” The slot screen opens to show a red-eyed vampire as part of the game logo, backed by hovering bats and a witch on a broomstick flying in front of a huge full moon. The windows of ghostly dark towers in the background light up intermittently with red lights, signaling a night of doom for some and a feast of winning for others.

A graphic Paytable appears at the top center and right of the Haunted House screen. The reels window is in the middle of the display and the player’s controls can be found at the bottom. Unlike most slot games online, Haunted House provides just five ways to win—three horizontal paylines and two diagonal—much like the kinds of slots that were popular in the mid-20th century.

The available credit denominations range from €0.01 to €5.00. Adjusting the value is accomplished by using the +/- toggles at the bottom left corner of the screen. Clicking on the “Bet One” button below the first and second reels enables selection of 1 to 5 paylines for a maximum wager of €25. Clicking on “Bet Max” will select all five paylines, but will not change the denomination of the line wagers.

The total Bet appears next to the reels on the left. All paylines that have been selected are shown as thin white bars running across the actual reels. To start the game, click on “Spin” beneath the second reel. Winnings are shown in the “Win” section immediately to the right of the reels, and the player’s current balance can be seen in the screen’s lower left-hand corner.

Winning combinations are on permanent display above the reels to the right. On any active payline, prizes of 50X, 75X, 100X or 200X are paid as line multipliers for three matching Candle, Chalice, Dagger or Coffin symbols, respectively. Matching three of the Cross symbols pays 300X.

The Garlic symbol has a special role in the Haunted House. Just one Garlic symbol on any payline is worth 5 times the line bet on every payline upon which it appears. Two Garlic symbols on a line pays 25X. And catching three Garlic symbols in a row is worth 1000X, 1200X, 1400X, 1600X or 1800X on the paylines numbered 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, respectively.

Audio and graphic effects on Haunted House are minimal. An eerie organ chord plays while the reels clicking into place, and when winning combinations are paid out, the screeching of an owl can be heard. There are no bonus games, wild symbols, scatters or free spin features in this game. There is, however, an Autoplay option.

To activate Autoplay, the player must use the pull-down menu located under the “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Then, using the +/- toggles next to the spins indicator that appears in the lower right corner of the screen will set the number of auto spins. Otherwise, the number of spins can be typed directly into the counter—up to 9,999 spins maximum.

Other Autoplay options can be accessed by clicking the expanded menu arrows on the left side of the Autoplay display. For example, it is possible to set “stop loss” and “overall win” limits. There are also +/- toggles for adjusting the length of the delay between spins, too.

Published on: 29/01/2013

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