It is not often that the playing card ‘filler’ symbols are the best design touch in an online pokie. For NetEnt’s Halloween Jack, they have arms wrapped around them that look like those of zombies escaping from their graves. Traditional carved pumpkins make an appearance – flames inside give them a more sinister look than you’ll be used to. This slot is set between stone columns in a graveyard, thunder and lightning accompanies the creepy soundtrack.
Halloween Jack sees the pumpkins come to life, in the form of walking wilds. There is also an interesting twist on the free spins bonus, where the wilds get better the more lanterns you collect. Here are the tricks and treats that this pokie has in store for you:
Pumpkin symbols are wild. As usual for online pokies, they replace all the symbols except the scatters to create extra wins.
What is not usual is that these wilds move over the reels from right to left. You get a respin (at no additional cost) with the wild moving one reel to the left. If it lands on reel 4, you’ll enjoy 3 respins – and so on. There can be more than one wild pumpkin in play at once. This can extend your respins and give you extra potential for connecting wins.
Elaborate tomb symbols are the scatters. These award you 10 and 25 free spins for 3+ anywhere in view. When you trigger this bonus, you’ll see a sequence with a beast shrouded in green mist, before the reels reappear with trees either side.
On the left are 3 beasts. Each has 3 holes above it on the tree. These fill from top to bottom as you collect flaming lantern symbols which now appear on reel 5. Each time you get 3 lanterns, your wilds upgrade. There are hell hound wilds, jack-o-lantern wilds and (expanding) death reaper wilds to collect.
To start the spins, you get the pumpkin wilds. As you get the lanterns, you get the dog beast, skull and ghost. These give you wilds which can cover 2 spots on the reels, then entire reels – with the best (death reaper) wild expanding when it hits. They will work in the same way that the pumpkin did, moving from right to left. The respins while you have walking wilds in play don’t count towards your free spins. This gives you extra time to accumulate wins and collect lanterns to upgrade your wild symbols.
There is nothing sinister about the setup of this pokie. Net Entertainment use the 5×3 / 20 win-line combination for Halloween Jack. Either side of the glowing spin button, you’ll find auto-play and bet max. You can increase your coin value or add a bet multiplier as options.
A female vampire is the highest paying symbol. This is worth a generous 1,000 coins for 5 of a kind. Next comes a ghostly horse, green bat, raven with a red eye and a horse shoe. There is no sign of Halloween candy for this game. Your smaller wins will come from those playing card symbols. These are monotone, with zombie arms wrapped around them.
NetEnt have done a great job of creating an atmospheric, almost edgy feel with Halloween Jack. There is constant movement behind the reels, with lightning, bats flying and mist at the bottom. Stone pillars have ghastly glowing statues at their base. The winning symbols are beautifully detailed. They have splashes of colour to make them easy to spot – though keep with the dark theme.
Wilds are excellent. This include the pumpkin in the base game, which has realistic flame effects inside. When you hit the free spins, you are in for a shock, as a beast appears in green mist. The wilds you earn from the lantern collection are even more detailed than the pumpkin.
Net Entertainment produce a lot of edgy pokie games. These include Dracula and Blood Suckers pokies. Halloween Jack is every bit as good as those classics, and in some ways even darker. The walking wilds can give you a sequence of wins at any time. Your biggest windfalls will come when you collect enough lanterns during the free spins to enable the super-wilds. If you reach the ‘death reaper’ wilds (which expand), you could be looking at a sequence of huge wins.