Sat, Aug 3, 12:26am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
There are now two pokies in the Blood Suckers range from NetEnt. Both have classic vampire / horror themes and similar bonus features. The difference comes in the graphics and animations, with Blood Suckers II much more recently designed. On the slot reels you’ll find demons, vampires and classic accompaniments including garlic and bats.
There are two main bonus features to enjoy in both versions of the Blood Suckers pokies. One is a picks bonus, the other involves free spins with boosted wins. Here are the blood-curdling highlights of this medium variance pokie:
To trigger the picks games, you need at least 3 bonus symbols on consecutive reels from the left. On the original game, this takes you to a screen showing rows of coffins. All you need to do is pick them one at a time. You’ll find vampires in most of them – and will see a short animation of a stake going through their heart. This comes with a cash award. You’ll keep going until you uncover an empty coffin.
On Blood Suckers II this game gets some upgrades. You’ll pick from chests and coffins. As well as cash awards, you can uncover a scatter (for free spins), a key (to move up a multiplier level) or a demon (ends the game). 4 or 5 bonus symbols to trigger this game will get you a 2x or 3x multiplier.
Scatter symbols on the original Blood Suckers pokies show a classic ‘corpse bride’. You need a minimum of 3 to get the free spins bonus. Scatter wins of up to 100x your triggering bet are also possible.
You get 10 free spins regardless of how many scatters trigger this. All wins during your free spins bonus are tripled compared to the usual pay table. Retriggers (and the picks game) can be triggered from within this free spins feature.
On the newer pokie, there is one extra way to trigger this bonus. At random, on spins where you only hit 2 scatters, a vampire bat will appear over the reels. The female vampire ‘host’ that stands to the left of the reels will then shoot this bat with her crossbow. It explodes, adding one more scatter to the reels and triggering the free spins.
NetEnt used a smaller 5×3 grid for these games. This has 25 win-lines. The coin size is adjustable from 1c per line and up. You can also add a bet multiplier (called ‘level’). Auto-play and max bet are offered as standard on all NetEnt online pokies.
Wild symbols on the original game show another classic vampire scene. Here Dracula is about to strike at the neck of a beautiful lady. You’ll get a generous 7500 coins for 5 of these wilds on a win-line – the perfect combination to hit when you are enjoying the 3x free spins.
There are 4 more characters making up the higher paying positions. Some look demonic, others come across as more quirky!
Potions, garlic a magic tome and a crossbow are the lower paying symbols. It is always good to see a pokie which does not resort to playing card / gems filler symbols.
In case you did not figure that the original game was set in a back-alley, there is a street sign saying this behind the reels. On the right is a blood-red hand print. This game has a dark design, with the symbols slightly cartoon-like. The key symbols (bonus, scatter and wild) are all in gold boxes, helping them stand out. The other symbols are nicely designed, and distinct enough from each other than wins are easy to spot.
When you compare the original to Blood Suckers II, you will see how far computer design has come in the last few years. The new game has an animated vampire host to the left of the reels. She wears traditional costume and is armed with a crossbow. Those reels are transparent, with shields taking the place of the boxy symbols from the original game.
There are a lot of popular vampire themed pokies. NetEnt have Dracula in their portfolio, and games like IGT’s Immortal Romance are popular too. Both Blood Suckers pokies have enough depth to keep you entertained. They also have some big win potential, especially during the free spins when all wins get tripled. If you enjoy vampire themed games, then Blood Suckers is for you!