Dracula Basic Information:
There are few figures from myth who inspire thoughts of mystery, romance and wealth than Dracula. While recent entries into the field of vampire fiction are, lets just say, sparkly, there can be no doubting the intrigue and influence on the original character. It was only a matter of time before someone made a pokie around this figure and, luckily for us, it was the folk over at NetEnt. Is this game the right fit for you? Keep reading to find out!
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Dracula is no exception. This game was released in late April of 2015.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Dracula comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.10
- The return to player offered by this game sits at just over 96.5%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. The menu is split into five sections. These are listed below.
There are three separate options listed when this section is opened. Quickspin allows the player to speed up the spinning of the reels. This means more time playing and less time waiting around. The second is the Intro Screen option. This enables or disables the intro screen playing the next time the game is opened.
This section comes with a total of two different options. This allows the player to individually mute different sources of sound. This includes ambient sound and sound effects.
As this is one of the more graphically intense games out there the player if offered a total of three different option. These are High, Medium and Low. Users on older or less powerful hardware should use the lower settings to ensure a smoother playing experience. Also note that if a game crashes on a big payout the win is forfeit, which is something which can happen more often when the setting are too high.
The one option here enables the spacebar to spin the reels when enabled.
This option allows the player to disable the intro movie for the next time the game is started.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 ,75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Dracula also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
Dracula, believe it or not, is based on a real person. No, he didn't drink blood, no he wasn't in danger of bursting into flames while in daylight and no, he couldn't turn into a bat (at least as far as I know).
The real Dracula was a man named Vlad III Dracula, who lived in Romania during the 1400's. He was known as an intensely cruel man with a penchant for having people impaled. This is where he got his other name, the rather obvious Vlad the Impaler.
While there is some debate over the true extent of his crimes, mostly because of how history was written by his enemies, his true nature is not in doubt. Of course this version, the truest version, is far too grim for a pokie, so instead NetEnt went with one of the vastly more popular fictional versions.
Their Dracula seems to be based of Count Dracula. This is the version invented by Bram Stoker in his 1897 gothic horror novel. While also quite horrible, the acts of Count Dracula are quite a bit more forgivable, seeing as they never actually happened. While still being a creep, this Dracula is magical and far more tragic, and has been reinvented and reinterpreted many times through the decades. This gave NetEnt a lot to draw from, and they used their sources well.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Dracula comes in the form of a red letter W against a silver-white background. This can appear anywhere on reels 2, 3 and 4. This can substitute for any other symbols. If multiple wins occur of one wild only the highest win will be counted.
The stacked wilds feature can occur randomly on reel 3 during free spins. Stacked wilds also substitute for all symbols and payout only the highest possible combination on a payline.
The Bat feature can can be randomly activated once per spin. This can occur in the free spins bonus game. When this feature is active the bats will fly around the game screen and land in a cluster. All of the symbols where the bats land will be turned into the same random symbol. This can include the wild symbol.
The free spins bonus game in Dracula is gained when the player gathers wither the stacked Dracula symbol on reel 2, or the stacked Lady symbol on reel four. This gives the player a total of 10 free spins. Additional free spins can be won during the free spins game by gaining the full stacked Dracula and the Lady symbol on reel 3.
How to Play:
Basic play for Dracula is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
Another game from NetEnt which really shows off the talented artists that they have at their disposal. From the icons to the animations and background graphics, everything here is of absurdly high quality. While not directly using the gothic theme from Bram Stoker's novel, the dark greys, purples and pinks still help build an atmosphere of mystery and intrigue. Even better is the fact that this particular vampire doesn't sparkle, he just broods.
When it comes to usability, this is game which does all that the user would expect. Years of active work in the business have led NetEnt to really narrow their design down into something efficient and reliable, and it shows. Even for a newer game which looks fantastic this game runs well, and this is aided by the inclusion of three different graphical settings.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Dracula there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
While perhaps not the best in terms of bonuses, everything else in this game just oozes quality and and atmosphere. This is the level of game that makes you wonder what the people at NetEnt might be capable of if they branched out into other video-games. Regardless, this is one fun, fast, reliable and attractive game. If you want something new to check out, or are interested in the theme then absolutely check this one, you don't want to miss out.
To head back to our Casino Reviews click here.
For Pokie Reviews you can click here.