Ooh Aah Dracula Slots Machine
Barcrest has a history going all the way back to 1968. For decades they dominated live slots found in pubs and casinos around the UK. Ooh Aah Dracula is a humorous take on the vampire theme which started out as a live slot – and can now be found at online casinos. There is a light hearted side of this game (cartoon symbols, slightly crazy sound effects) and also a serious side (big win potential). The symbols are topped by Dracula himself, who turns out to be a cool character in mirrored shades.
One innovation you will find on this slot is a ‘high roller’ button next to the regular spin button on the controls. This lets you take 5 spins for $20, and at the same time adds some extras. If you are a high-roller you’ll get to enter the ‘graveyard bonus’ after the free spins game.
Playing Barcrest’s Ooh Aah Dracula
The only choice you’ll need to make to play this game is how much to bet. There are 10 win-lines, which are fixed. You can bet from as little as 10c, right up to $500 (for the true high rollers out there). A lot of your wins will come from the free spins bonus round for this game, though there are some decent wins from standard play too.
Lining up 5 of the Dracula logos on a win line will pay 5000 coins. The next best prizes are the sunglasses-wearing Dracula (1000 coins if you land 5) and the gothic looking castle (500 coins if you land 5). You will also find a rabbit on the reels along with a female vampire and the standard playing card symbols making up the smaller wins.
You’ll want to see as many of the hearts as possible, as these trigger the free spins bonus games. Wilds (bright logos) are also welcome – this symbol substitutes for everything except the hearts and will often make multiple winning combinations.
Like all Barcrest games, you can choose to play automatically via the auto-spin option.
Bonus Features on Ooh Aah Dracula
With only the single bigger win possible in regular play, the bonus round is where you will find the main action in this slot. This is based on a free spins game, and has a couple of interesting twists which you can access depending on how many of the heart symbols you hit to trigger the bonus. If you chose the high-roller spins, then you’ll have an extra pick-em type bonus game after the regular free spins have finished.
Here is how the hearts work:
3 Hearts = 15 free spins with 1 randomly selected wild
4 Hearts = 15 spins + option to take 10 spins with 2 wilds afterwards instead
5 Hearts = 15 spins + 10 spins option + additional option to take 3 spins with 3 random wilds instead
Of course, there is no guarantee that the extra free spins with more wilds will win you more than the initial game. This adds some strategy to your choice, or just gives you the option to ‘gamble it up’ a little!
If you chose the high-roller option at the start of the game, then you get an addition to the free spins feature. This depends on how high you bet. If you went for the $20 for 5 spins, then you’ll get the ‘Graveyard Bonus’. If you chose the $30+ options, then you’ll get an enhanced version called the ‘Super Graveyard Bonus’ instead. Both are pick-em games, where you have to select from a number of tombstones. The key difference is the size of the prizes in each one.
Summary of Ooh Aah Dracula
You will quickly see why this slot has become a popular game. It has the right balance of humour, engaging features and the potential for a big win. If you are lucky enough to hit 5 hearts to trigger the bonus game, you’ll get the sometimes tricky choice of whether to take your wins or gamble for more. I’m not sure that the author of the original Dracula novels – Bram Stoker – would approve of the cool sunglasses-wearing version of the character. For everyone else, Ooh Aah Dracula is a great slot!