Wed, Nov 14, 1:08am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:35pm
Dracula Themed Pokie with Bat Win-Repeat Symbols
Many pokie software houses have created pokies themed on the story of count Dracula. While NetEnt’s Dracula and Barcrest’s Oh Ah Dracula are probably the best known, there are some good reasons to play Lucky Count. This pokie features classic Aristocrat solid game-play – and has some interesting twists. The graphic style reminds me of Wicked Winnings, with cartoon-line animations and fun sound effects.
Why You Should Take a Trip to Dracula’s Castle
A unique feature of this gambling machine comes in the form of the vampire bat wilds. These give you repeats of your wins, one for each bat on the reels. There are also regular wilds, in the form of the lucky count himself. You can win up to 40 free spins at a time in this game – giving you plenty of chances for those repeat wins to strike.
These bats also let you win more than once. If you get 2 on the reels, then any wins are paid twice. This is in addition to them acting as substitute symbols. This really comes into its own if you get 3 or more – not only do you get paid 3+ times, the wilds ensure there are a lot of wins to repeat.
You’ll hear a classic evil laugh when you hit 3 or more of the spooky cartoon castle symbols anywhere on the free Lucky Count pokie reels. These pay scatter wins based on the total number in view. They also trigger a free spins bonus. This gives you up to 40 free spins for the maximum 5. You’ll get 15 or 25 free spins for 3 or 4 of them.
There are no changes to the reels during the bonus feature. The bat repeats, vampire regular wilds and ability to retrigger the bonus are all in play.
By default, there are 25 win-lines. These cross a regular 5 reel, 3-row grid of the reels. You can choose to lower the number of lines. As usual, I recommend sticking with the full quota. With two kinds of wild and win-repeats, you’ll want to maximize your win opportunities. You can bet from just 1c per line.
The Lucky Count himself pays the biggest line prize. This is 2000 coins for the max 5. You’ll often win on more than one line when you see several counts, as he is also a wild symbol. This is the only symbol which pays down to 2 from the left – the others all require a minimum of 3.
A red rose comes next on the pay table, with a top prize of 1000 coins. This is followed by a gargoyle style door knocker, a blue wolf standing in flames, a golden goblet and golden jewels. Playing card symbols aces down to nines fill out the reels.
After any win you get the option to gamble. This involves guessing either the suit or the colour of a playing card. You can gamble a win several times if you wish.
There is nothing scary or even edgy about the design of this pokie. It is a light-hearted look at the best-known vampire. There are some small animations on the reels to enjoy. When you win with the bat symbol, it will fly towards you – an evil glow in it’s eyes. The count goes black and white when involved in a win, as if lightning was striking.
There are some sound effects. These include lightning striking and the evil laugh when you start the bonus games. The remaining sounds are the classic ones used in most Aristocrat pokies.
If you enjoyed Wicked Winnings, then I’d rate Lucky Count as a must-play. This is not the most expansive pokie, with only a couple of features. The excellent Aristocrat game-play – and shot at multiple wins more than makes up for this.
I like the vampire bat game-play. Even a smaller win can turn big if you have 3 or more of these wild symbols – and end up getting paid 3 or more times. These combine nicely with the regular (count) wilds at times. With up to 40 free spins available, this could be a time to count your lucky wins!