Whether you experience Halloween’s Pagan roots as dark and morbid or magical and enchanting, chances are you’ve either celebrated the festivities, or at the very least been curious about it. Thought to have originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween marked the end of summer in the regions of Ireland, France and the United Kingdom, and the beginning of very cold winter months – a period associated with danger, extreme conditions and death.
The Celts believed that on the evening of the 31st of October, the ghosts and spirits of the dead would return to earth, making amok on earth wherever they went. The line between the worlds of the living and the dead would be blurred on this night, making it possible for the dead to cross over into the world of the living. During this time, it would also be easier for those lent to mysticism to make predictions concerning the future.
Modern culture has adapted the controversial holiday into a commercial festival, and it is estimated that one quarter of all revenue generated in the United States on an annual basis, from the sale of candy, is during the time of Halloween – a very popular day of the year indeed.
Playtech has turned the concept into an online slot game, aptly dubbed Halloween Fortune. The slot is 3D animated and is played on 5 reels and 20 paylines. The game features a Witches Brew Free Spins Bonus Game.
The reels are set against a backdrop of skeletal trees and a cloudy night sky. The 3D graphics lend a rich feel to the overall experience.
Halloween Fortune Reel Symbols
The symbols will tickle your spooky bones and include three hot and happening witches, adorned in red, blue and green. No Halloween theme would be complete without the infamous black cat and black crow, not to mention a human skull, vial of potion and a Celtic cross on a chain.
There are no playing card symbols on the reels. The game does however include a gamble feature for players to enjoy the experience. After each win, a player may opt to take a gamble on the winnings, in order to double up the winnings for that particular round. In order to do so, the colour of a playing card must be guessed correctly – whether black or red. The double-up gamble limit is capped at 2 500 credits.
The wild symbol is the star of the game – the Jack o’ Lantern. The wild symbol will substitute for all but the bonus and the scatter symbols. Jack is also the top-paying symbol, cashing out at 10 000 credits for 5 on an active payline.
Witches Brew Free Spins Bonus Game
Halloween Fortune offers a chance at really getting your ghostly game on with the Witches Brew Free Spins Bonus Game. In order to trigger free spins, the bonus symbol – a giant brewing pot – must appear on reels 1 and 5 simultaneously.
The three witches will make an appearance, of which the player must select 1. Next up, a potion must be brewed in order to determine the multiplier value applied during the free spins rounds. Up to 20 free games together with a x10 multiplier is up for grabs.