Halloween Jack – Is NetEnt’s newest a trick or a treat?
Coins of Egypt was just released but NetEnt doesn’t seem to be in the mood for resting on their laurels this autumn; the provider is yet again coming out, with not only one, but with two new game releases on October 24th. Players are welcomed to take part in some oriental bargaining in Wild Bazaar but Halloween Jack will take us to much darker places instead!
As many of us know, NetEnt’s most famous slot is probably Starburst. But it’s not all about bright colors and bursting stars and berries with them; these Swedes seem to have a much gloomier side as well. Halloween Jack is grim and honestly a bit scary video slot.
The game's 3 x 5 game grid, that can form 20 paylines, is placed in a dark foggy cemetery in between two pillars that poison ivy vines have taken over. You can spin the wheels with stakes from 0,20 € to 100 €. The maximum potential win is 3000x the stake and the RTP is set at 96,28 %. An adjustable autoplay function is available for players who for example still need to make the final few stitches to their trick or treat costumes while testing out the new game. And when the evening of October 31st finally comes and it’s time to head out to scare your ‘hoods’, there is no need to leave Halloween Jack behind as it will naturally be available to all portable devices.
THEME AND DESIGN
This isn’t the first time that NetEnt shakes hands with the horror theme. In fact, many of the monsters they have created before (such as Universal Monsters series or Blood Suckers) have been huge successes and we have no reason to doubt that Halloween Jack won't be one as well!
Graphic design is once again guaranteed NetEnt quality – simply top notch! The artwork is detailed and due to its many visual effects, the game is extremely vivid. For example, waving vines, lightning and bats flying over the dead treetops make the atmosphere very spelling. Details are plenty and offer almost a complete version of the Halloween illustration catalog; players can see skulls, pumpkin lanterns and spider webs all around the screen. We can see a headless man, a monster crawling from its tomb, a green ghost and all kinds of creatures from straight outta the underworld. You name your horror and Halloween Jack will most probably have it!
Slow horror music, including those sharp piano and violin strokes that will make your hair raise, is playing in the background. Sound effects, such as chilling sighs from the ‘other side’ and squeaks and creaks here and there, are compelling to say the least and might make the most sensitive players go peeking behind their shoulders every now and then.
Halloween Jack presents 10 regular symbols; the 5 low paying symbols include royals from A to 10 as the 5 premiums ones are a horseshoe, a raven, a bat, a demon horse, and a possessed girl which is the most valuable of them all.
All intriguing facts mentioned so far can be called a new sugar frosting on top of an old cake as when we dig a little bit further into the game details, experienced players will soon realize that it all seems very familiar. Halloween Jack appears to be a creepy twin brother of the main character of NetEnt’s super popular slot Jack and the Beanstalk. We are dealing with a new version of an old game; theme has changed but the features are identical.
The main features of Halloween Jack are walking, expanding and stacked wilds, win multiplier and free spins.
The wild symbol in the base game is a carved pumpkin that can appear on reels 2-5 and will substitute all regular symbols. When this happens, any win will be multiplied by 3 and a respin is awarded. The wild symbol will now shift by one reel to the left and the respins go on as long as wild has space.
3 or more treasure chest scatter symbols will lead you to 10 free spins and collecting the same amount of them during the free spins will award you 5 spins more. During free spins a lantern symbols will award you some special walking wilds when they land on the fifth reel: 3 lanterns will stack your next wild into a 2 rows high Hell Hound wild symbol, 6 lanterns form 3 rows high Jack-o'-lantern wild symbol and 9 lanterns will expand your next wild into a Death Reaper wild that covers the whole reel. Be prepared for some hellish rewards if you get to see these wilds go for a walk!
We are not sure if Halloween Jack should be described as a sequel, a copy or an actual clone of Jack and the Beanstalk's but the fact is that we are playing with the same maths and mechanics here. With that being said, Jack and the Beanstalk is a super popular game for a good reason and maybe it’s not necessary to reinvent when the wheel is already round! Halloween Jack is offering well tested winning prospects and game features with a new awesome design and artwork. The game is exciting and entertaining. It can trick your imagination with its perfectly illustrated terrors and treat your bank account with some nice prizes. Try it out and spook away!