Sat, Sep 15, 2:44am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Fri, May 15, 3:43am
Elvira Mistress of the Dark is a horror comedy film that hit the cinemas back in 1988. The movie received an aggregate rating of just 47% on the Rotten Tomatoes website, so it can’t be considered a huge success. However, like any terrible movie, it can receive something of a cult following. In the years since it has grown quite a fan base. On the back of this, Aristocrat designed a live casino pokie around the movie in 2015.
The game is housed in the Double Arc cabinet and stands out on the casino floor. The movie and therefore the slot have a deliberate tongue in cheek feel. Many of the jokes and bonus rounds based around the ample assets of Elvira. When you consider that two of the bonus rounds are called ‘The Breast Prize Ever’ and ‘Elvira’s Big Wheels’, you’ll see where they are going with this.
This Aristocrat designed pokie has a different set up to other games, with 36 paying symbols on every spin (most have 15). This already gives it a distinctive feel, while the mix of bonus rounds and the live-action video footage, makes this pokie way more attractive to reviewers than the movie was!
Slot designers Aristocrat supply both live casinos and online sites with a series of top-quality games. Many of the online games are available with a free play option, while the live casino games can only be played for real money. With staking options starting as low as just cents, Elvira Mistress of the Dark is ideal for players who want to start with low risk.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that the game has a 6×6 reel set up. This makes those reels much taller and a little wider than your average game. The gameplay is a little different too. Instead of the usual win-lines, you’ll win on Elvira Mistress of the Dark when symbols appear in clusters.
The game features a series of horror-themed symbols such as coffins, daggers, skulls and blood-coloured rings, all on a black background. These are joined by various images of the leading character. Some of the Elvira symbols are two high and there is little doubt she dominates the game. Many of the symbols are stacked too, ensuring the opportunity of landing those mega wins.
Check out the ‘Elvira Gone Wild’ symbols (which are also stacked). These will substitute for others, ensuring more wins will head your way as they link up those combinations.
Elvira Mistress of the Dark is all about the bonus features. There are so many that it’s doubtful you’ll be able to activate them all in a single session. Here’s a list of all seven features. Below this the two most impressive are described in more detail:
If you enjoy a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ style game, then this is the bonus feature for you. In this feature, you’ve got two wheels. They are positioned to the left and right on Elvira’s chest (yes, you get the idea). The segments on the left wheel show a series of credit amounts. The segments on the right wheel show a multiplier. Yes, you’ve guessed it, when both wheels stop, you simply multiply the two numbers together to receive your total win amount.
‘The Boob Tube’ is something of a play on words, as it focuses on old TV series. The shows are retro classics such as ‘Conquer the Martians’, and they feature on the screens of old televisions that are stacked atop each other. This is essentially a ‘pick me’ feature where you’ll keep picking the TV shows and winning credits every time you do. If you avoid picking a ‘collect’ symbol the feature will continue.
Each of the bonus games is a lot of fun and Elvira gets in on the action too. A warning though – you can’t hang around when playing these features. Elvira herself gets a bit tetchy if you do, stating ‘Will You Pick Something Already?’. The games are fun and with the added video clips, you really feel part of the action. It’s clear that many of the video clips have been designed specifically for this pokie too, as opposed to just video clips from the movie.
In some casinos, Elvira Mistress of the Dark has a pair of progressive jackpot options. These are localised jackpots, meaning they are not won over a network of games in different casinos. Jackpot hunters can keep on the numbers and then aim to swoop when the jackpot pays are impressive as the game itself.
Yes, you’ll enjoy free spins when you enter the ‘Double D Vision’ free games feature. This is an entertaining game where the reels are formed from a series of spooky-looking eyes, and a whole new set of symbols (including trumpets, fun bags and melons). You’ll notice that each of the symbols come in pairs (to keep that tongue-in-cheek fun going).
While there are symbols such as coffins and bats on the reels, this game is a comedy all the way. Comedy horror does feature at other games, but Elvira Mistress of the Dark goes that much further and will have you laughing through every feature.
There isn’t a free play option, but the staking options are wide and varied. If you want to keep the stakes low the first few times you play, you can.
Currently this Aristocrat designed pokie is only available in a live casino setting. Many successful live casino slots have made the move across to online play, so mobile play in the future is possible. If it does appear online, it will be available either through the browser on your device or via an app.