Imagine a gothic mansion complete with creaky floorboards, dusty lamps and candelabras. Crooked pictures framing images of long-dead ancestors line the walls, and their solemn eyes follow you when you walk through the hallways. A cobwebbed room is lit only by a hint of light from the full moon. This suitably sinister scene is accompanied by rich, dark musical notes that will be familiar to fans of horror movies, but do not expect monsters to jump out on you here, for this is the place where vampires dwell! Welcome to Blood Eternal, a hair-raising adventure in game form from the innovative designers at Betsoft. Now, are you brave enough to step over the doorway and see what lies ahead? Read our full review below.
The game basics
With its six reels and 30 paylines, this game is a showstopper from the start. To add to the extras, this game offers winning combinations that can be made in both directions rather than the usual one. The 10,000 credits awarded to start in free play is extremely generous and enough to spur the most vampire-fearing soul on to win more, something that is made really easy by the large, clear and well-signposted control buttons on screen. Finally, Betsoft's Blood Eternal has been designed to look and play equally well across all devices, so desktop, mobile and tablet users share the same great graphics and charged atmosphere.
You’d be disappointed if there weren’t any themed symbols, so they've been included along with the standard playing card icons. Watch out for things like a red vial of blood, a gothic castle, a gargoyle, and a beautiful jewelled dagger. It goes without saying that there are vampires around; in fact there are two - one male and one female - and they may show up in either vampire or animal (bat) form. Two humans complete the cast list for this epic production.
During regular play, the best jackpots come from matching six symbols across the reels. Here the top prizes go to the dagger (2,000), castle (2,500) and gargoyle (1,500). The bats take top honour, however, with the x2 version, which basically doubles the bat count for that reel, carrying a 50,000 top prize if you happen to have a total of 12 bats to boast about at once.
This is where things get even more interesting, with a truly original bonus game to enjoy. The "Vampire Free Spins" feature is triggered when a human and a vampire pop up side-by-side on the reels. Expect plenty of gore as the vampire feasts and blood flies around the screen, turning all images it touches into wilds. If another human-vampire combo appears during free spins, the prize is an additional eight turns.
It is fair to say that Blood Eternal delivers an exciting, intriguing, and very original interpretation of the easily tired and often overdone vampire theme. From the opening scenes through thrill-packed spins, this is one game you are likely to be playing for a long time.
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