The Ghouls Slot Game
The Ghouls is a horror themed slot from BetSoft which features a number of classic horror-themed symbols on the reels. Count Dracula is perhaps the most famous of these, and is joined by Frankenstein, complete with the nut sticking out from the side of his head, while a mummy and a green-skinned witch also appear.
You’ll also find a wolf howling at the moon, a black cat, a particularly venomous looking spider and a haunted house on this slot.
The game play features both a second screen bonus feature and a free spins bonus round, while a progressive bonus awaits you if you play for the max bet size.
How to Win on The Ghouls
In the base game, you’ll win when landing three or more consecutive symbols on a pay line. Unlike other slots however, this slot pays from both left to right and from right to left, which certainly gives it a boost. The haunted house is the top paying symbol of all, worth 1,000 coins for landing the maximum five in a row. However, if you are playing for the max bet, you’ll take home the four figure progressive Jackpot, which at time of writing was a cool $2,500. The mummy pays 600 coins for the maximum 5, with Frankenstein who is certainly looking a little off color, 540 coins. The rest of the ghoulish symbols pay between 360 and 100 coins. These wins are aided by the pumpkin symbol which acts as the wild, which will substitute for any other symbol apart from the bonus and jackpot ones.
The Ghouls Bonus Features
The first bonus symbol is a gravestone, which says ‘bonus round’ in big green letters above the letters RIP. This is a scatter symbol and landing three of these anywhere across the reels will see you enter the bonus round. This is a second screen feature which will see the reels disappear and be replaced by 6 gravestones which you’ll pick to reveal prizes, before returning to the main game.
No horror themed slot would be complete without the scariest character of them all – Count Dracula. The count appears on another scatter symbol and landing three or more will see you enter the free spins bonus round. Landing exactly 3 scatters will see 5 free spins come your way, 4 scatters will see you awarded 10 free spins, while the maximum five scatters will see you land a very impressive 20 free spins. Although make sure you only take these free spins holding a piece of garlic or a wooden stake, as there is every chance you’ll become undead in the very near future otherwise.
Design and Setup
The cartoon design of the slot means that it’s more Scooby Doo style than a real horror themed slot. The title sits above the reels and oozes down over the top of the reels, while two skulls sit atop the Jackpot ticker. Graphically it is very easy on the eye, although not quite at the same level as some of the better games in the BetSoft range. There is some animation on the reels, the most impressive perhaps when the close-up eye changes from green to red. The accompanying sound is a lot eerier than the look of the slot, as you’ll hear a deep growling throughout, with the occasional sound of bats screeching and evil laughter, although the actual sound of the reels spinning is a completely light-hearted jingle which doesn’t really fit.
The slot set up with the same 5×3 configuration you’ll find at the majority of BetSoft slots. There are a total of 20 pay lines, although you can choose to play fewer, strangely any odd number between 1 and 20. Having selected the number of lines, you’ll also choose the coin size which ranges from just 2c all the way through to 50c and also choose the bet per line which is between 1 and 5. You can hit ‘spin’ to start any spin with the current settings, while the ‘max bet’ button will see the reels spin too, but with the bet per line set at 5. One, small improvement that might have been added to the game is an auto play option.
The Ghouls slot is a fun, engaging slot from BetSoft. The cartoon horror theme is a popular one which can be seen at a number of online slots, but this slot is certainly one of the better ones. This is due to the fact that it pays both ways, which is always a nice bonus and the fact that you’ve got both a free spins bonus round and a second screen bonus. Just don’t go down into the cellar to play it.