Given that Halloween only comes around once per year, we are naturally skeptical of any new slot machines which are released that are directly themed on this single date on the calendar.
We were just as sceptical when Playtech released the original Halloween Fortune slot, but our worries proved totally unfounded as that has gone on to be a runaway success story for the developers.
It is still very much the benchmark for all Halloween themed slots today.
This month, Playtech are unveiling a new slot machine in the series, the sequel to Halloween Fortune. We had to be just as sceptical again when looking at Halloween Fortune II, and with good reason. This time, we might not be so far off the mark.
Halloween Fortune II has been designed by Playtech once more, and it has expanded on the 20 paylines you got with the first game, by offering players a total of 25. The game is slightly costlier as a result, and contains fewer features.
Graphically, though, Halloween Fortune II offers up more of the same, making the slot machine easy on the eye. There are fewer witches, and more Halloween imagery this time around, but the imagery that does appear is far superior in appearance to those that did so well in its predecessor.
So, what else can we tell you about the Halloween Fortune II slot? Will it knock the original game of its pedestal? Let’s find out.
How to play it
As we’ve said, there are 25 paylines in this sequel, and unlike the original you’ve got no chance of altering them. Players can, however, alter the value of their coins and the number of coins they stake per line.
All this will give Halloween Fortune II a wagering range that rises up from a floor of 25p per spin, to a ceiling which is capped at £250 per spin. All things considered then, it is certainly not going to prove overly expensive. Everybody should be able to have a crack at this slot this Halloween.
How much can you win?
Here’s the kicker. The original Halloween Fortune II slot had a non-progressive jackpot that was fixed at 10,000 coins. This new sequel contains a non-progressive jackpot that is fixed at just 3,000 coins.
There is no really good reason why Playtech has done this, so one has to assume that it is because of the extended number of paylines. Just like in the original, you will need to land 5 pumpkin wild symbols on any payline to win the top prize.
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Wild symbols: The pumpkin once again acts as a wild symbol in this series. It is also the best paying symbol in the game and can replace all other icons in the slot save for scatter symbols.
Scatter symbols: Those scatter icons take on the shape of the Halloween Fortune II title logo. These symbols can offer you a free spins bonus if you land 3 of more on the reels, and players will also pocket the customary scattered wins for their efforts.
Free spins bonus: Once players have managed to scrape together the necessary scatters on the reels, the bonus round will begin. A total of 10 free games is all you get (you cannot retrigger the bonus), but this bonus feature is superior to that of its predecessor.
There is a frozen pumpkin wild in the centre of the third reel which will remain for the whole feature, and increasing multipliers rise by 1x on every spin (from 2x) so that by the end of the feature you are playing with 6x multipliers on your winnings.
Overall experience and final thoughts
Is Halloween Fortune II better than its predecessor? That is a tough question, and you’re going to find players which fall on both sides of the argument.
In our opinion, the first slot remains superior. It has an extra Witches’ Brew bonus which has been omitted from its sequel, the multipliers rise up 10x (instead of 6x in this game), and it has a 4,000 coins more to be won with its jackpot.
None of this means that Halloween Fortune II is a bad game, though. The slot still has a more promising free spins feature, offers more paylines, and is better suited to high-rolling players, since the maximum bet limit is considerably higher than in its predecessor.
Halloween Fortune II is still well worth a look this Halloween, even if we are still very much in love with the original.
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