Blood Suckers Slot Review
Blood Suckers Game Details
|Jackpot:||7,500 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
Where To Play Blood Suckers
Blood Suckers is a video slot from Swedish game developer NetEnt, and I think it’s fair to say it remains one of the software provider’s most successful commercial releases, despite being released way back in 2013. It offers one of the highest RTPs around – fixed at 98% – and despite the low volatile nature of the game, it can produce wins of a pretty decent size.
The game’s set around a creepy Gothic theme, with vampires and garlic, and it’s built around a 5-reel, 3-row format. There are 25 paylines which are fixed on the new versions of the game, but adjustable on the old version. You can stake from as little as 0.25 credits per spin, and high rollers will be pleased to learn that can stake up to 50 credits per round.
How To Play
Despite NetEnt porting the vast majority of their games over to HTML5, some of their older titles are still pushed out on their Flash platform. However, this will cease at the end of 2020, as Google Chrome phases out Flash completely – so expect to see Blood Suckers re-released in HTML5 relatively soon.
For the purpose of this review, I’m going to be looking at NetEnt’s older, flash-based layout.
One of the things I like about NetEnt’s slots is that they’re incredibly easy-to-use and user-friendly; you’ll see from the moment you open the game up that the big green button in the middle of your screen is the “spin” button, and pressing this will begin the next round.
There are two ways of adjusting the size of your bet; firstly, you can adjust the coin value – this is found on the right-hand-side of the spin button. You can then also adjust the bet level, which is found to the left-hand-side of the spin button.
It can be a little confusing at first, but this dual mechanism allows you to customize the total stake to your personal preferences, so I don’t mind it too much.
To the left-hand-side of the spin button you’ll also see an “Autoplay” button. Pressing it lets you set up to 100 spins to play out automatically, and, in-line with UKGC regulations, you’ll be able to set win and loss stop limits.
To the right-hand-side of the spin button there’s also a “Max Bet” button. This is one feature I really don’t like, as a simple mis-click can see you spinning your entire balance in a single spin! Always keep an eye out for this and – I would advise – you avoid it at all costs.
You’ll also see an ‘i’ icon to the far left-hand-side of the screen, and pressing this will bring up the game’s paytable and rules. I recommend you spend a bit of time having a read through the pay table as it gives you an indication of how the game works and what you can expect.
Symbols and Payouts
You’ll find a total of 8 main symbols in Blood Suckers, and these can be categorized into two main types; the lower-paying symbols and the higher-paying symbols. The lower-paying symbols include a Garlic Clove, a Weapon, a Book and a Potion Vial; they don’t pay amazingly, with 5-of-a-kind combos netting you around 10X your stake.
The four higher-paying symbols (also known as the “premium symbols” includes a Witch, a Ghoul, Frankenstein and – what looks to be a haunted version of Aladdin. The latter is the highest-paying symbol within the game, and landing a 5-of-a-kind combo of him will award a payout worth 50X your total stake – 500 coins in total.
In addition to the paying symbols you’ll also see a wild – and this substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbols and bonus symbols – details of which I’m going to be covering in the “Bonus Features” section below.
I’m pretty surprised to see that Blood Suckers offers two bonus rounds; and I’m surprised due to the fact that the game’s such low variance.
Still, it certainly makes for entertaining gameplay, and the features can actually end up paying pretty well – even better when you consider they tend to drop in quite frequently. Below, I’m going to give you an overview of both of the bonuses so you know what to expect if you play Blood Suckers for yourself.
Blood Sucker’s free-spins bonus is triggered by landing 3, 4, or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view, and doing so will award you 10, 20 or 30 free-spins respectively.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any special wild enhancements during the bonus, and there are no stacked symbols or anything like that. However, any wins you manage to form during the bonus round are multiplied by 3X, so if you manage to line up some 5-of-a-kind combos of the higher-paying symbols it’s possible to walk away with some healthy wins.
It’s also possible to re-trigger the free-spins feature, and this is achieved by landing another 3, 4, or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. Doing so will award an additional 10, 20 or 30 free-spins respectively. There’s no limit on the number of times the bonus can be re-triggered.
Blood Suckers Bonus Game
During the base-game you’ll also notice one more symbol on the reels; it’s a Coffin, overlaid with a hammer and a chisel. Landing three of these (from left-to-right and on an active payline) will trigger the Bonus Game within Blood Suckers, and you’re then awarded a “pick me bonus”.
During this bonus, you’ll see a number of coffins appear on your screen. Your job is to pick from these coffins, and for every vampire you find you’ll be awarded a cash prize – up to a maximum of 50X your stake.
You get to continue picking until you reveal a coffin with a bat in it. At this point the bonus is over, and your total win is calculated and added to your balance. I should also point out that it’s possible to trigger the Bonus Game from within the free-spins bonus, which happens a lot more frequently than you’d think!
Jackpot and How To Win
With an RTP of 98% you’d be forgiven for assuming that the maximum win in Blood Suckers would be pretty low. However, it may surprise you to learn that you can actually win up to 30,000 coins while playing the game – which can translate into thousands of times your stake, if you catch the game on a lucky day!
Of course, it’s incredibly rare you’ll ever come close to winning this amount of money on the game – the RTP alone makes it near enough impossible – but it’s nice to know the potential is there.
Unfortunately, I can’t offer any specific advice on how to win playing Blood Suckers. Regardless of what you’ve read online, there are no “slot strategies” – and in the long run, the casino will always win.
However, if you’re playing in the short term you do stand a chance of winning – and the best way to ensure you give yourself the best chance of winning while playing Blood Suckers is to give the game a fair number of spins.
I’d recommend setting the autoplay off for 100 spins initially and seeing where you’re at after it’s finished. It’s pretty common to trigger one of the two bonuses within the first 40 or 50 spins so you shouldn’t need to wait long to begin seeing the action!
Despite not being widely available on HTML5 – yet – Blood Suckers still continues to work at a limited number of casinos. Unfortunately, I can’t help but feel NetEnt may be looking to move it to their End of Life (EOL) shelf, something they’ve done with some other fantastic games like When Pigs Fly and Evolution.
I really hope this isn’t the case, and I am quietly optimistic we’ll see them releasing an HTML5 version of the game soon – but the release of Blood Suckers II means it has somewhat been forgotten about.
Because of its Flash build, you may struggle to play Blood Suckers from your mobile devices. That’s not to say you won’t be able to – but it’s not guaranteed, like it would be if it was built using HTML5 technology. It’s probably best to play Blood Suckers from your desktop computer or laptop, where possible.
Blood Suckers has been a personal favourite of mine for a long time; it’s a great game to head to if you’re looking to have plenty of play time, and the super high RTP means you can end up spinning for hours without noticing much of a difference in your account balance.
Be careful, however, as many online casinos don’t allow you to use bonus funds when playing Blood Suckers. This is due to the high RTP, so always make sure to read the bonus’s terms and conditions should you choose to claim one.
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Last Updated on August 16, 2020