Paranormal Activity Basic Information:
Ah the found footage genre of films, one of this reviewers favourites. While many may despise the genre, maybe because the camera makes them physically sick, maybe because they tend to be incredibly poorly acted and thought out, there is not denying their popularity and their effect on the horror genre as a whole. Is this pokie based off of the Paranormal Activity film any good, or is it like the film itself? Keep reading this review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at iSoftBet. This talented team has its certification in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Alderney and the United Kingdom. While they commonly work with popular licenses from the film and television, iSoftBet also have a vast catalogue of new and original creations. This game was released on the 25th of June, 2013..
The iSoftBet 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 iSoftBet.
Paranormal Activity comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×3 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.10
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.75%, which is towards the higher end of average.
Paranormal Activity is a rather simple game, in terms of options. To bring up the options screen the user must click on the small options icon which is located at the top-right of the main game screen. This will bring up a tab with three different sound options available.
- Effects Volume
- Music Volume
- General Volume
On the main screen the player can also click on the fullscreen button to the top-left to set the game to fullscreen mode.
The player is also able to click on the small ‘i' button, located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the user is brought to a section detailing symbol worth, as well as various payline and bonus information.
The autoplay options in this game are accessed by clicking on the auto spin box within the main game. This brings up a screen where the player can enter various custom autospin limits. This includes:
- A loss limit
- Stopping when a win nets a entered quantity
- Stopping when a jackpot is won
Under this is where the player can select the total amount of autospins to attempt to play out, following the above rules. The player needs only select a number from the box and click start. These autospins can be stopped in the main game at any time.
Paranormal Activity the pokie is based off, get this, Paranormal Activity the film. Released in 2007, this found footage proved itself to be one of the most popular of the genre since the original Blair Witch Project.
Making $193 Million off of a budget of $15,000, it is only natural that this film would spawn a slew of sequels, each building the concept of the first.
While many praised the film for its tension building, others derided it as a terrible example of the genre, whose popularity only served to hurt the area overall. Regardless of your opinion on the films quality, its influence is undeniable. This film brought the found footage genre back into the mainstream, for better or for worse.
The moral of the story? If you have undeniable actual video proof on ghosts for the first time in the entirety of human history maybe, just maybe, don't just ignore it.
Other Features and Bonuses
The first of the important features found within this game is the paranormal event feature. This feature can be randomly activated at the start of any normal spin. When active this gives out up to 5 extra wild symbols which are frozen in place for that spin.
The wild symbol in Paranormal Activity comes in the form of what I assume is some sort of little girl ghost. These can substitute for any symbol except for the bonus and scatter.
The scatter symbol in Paranormal Activity comes in the form of a bloody hand. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a payout.
The bonus symbols in this game appear as above, and only exist on reels 1,3 and 5 during normal spins. Gaining at least 3 of these in a single spin gives the player access to the bonus wheel.
There are a total of four different bonuses available from this game. Each of them can be accessed when the player has gained a minimum of 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. When this occurs the player will then be brought to the bonus wheel screen. On this screen a wheel will spins. Where it randomly lands will determine which of the bonuses the player gains access to. These are listed as follows:
When the player manages to access the instant wins bonus they will be given an instant cash win. The total amount here is somewhat randomised, but it also changes depending on the total bet which was placed in the round where the player accessed the bonus wheel.
Landing on the creepy little girl gives the possessed spins bonus. With this bonus the player will be given a total of 10 free spins, with extra stacked wilds being added to boost the player's winnings.
The above X represents the paranormal spins bonus game. In this game the player is given unlimited spins, until they hit 5 total wins. Each win will increase the given multiplier, from the starting x1 up to the maximum of x5.
When the bonus wheel stops on the above symbol the player will enter the demon spins bonus game. The player will be given a total of 15 free spins while in this game. While in this game the above demon wild can appear, which has a chance of turning additional symbols into wilds.
How to Play:
Basic play for Paranormal Activity is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can use the autospin button to enter their own autospin custom rules.
Overall Design and Usability:
A found footage style film is not an easy thing to convert into a pokie, but here iSoftBet have done as well as anyone might. The general look here is directly inspired by the first film, with various elements such as the camera lifted directly and converted into symbols. Aiding this is the occasional static of the main screen, mimicking the effect which often interferes with people in this genre once they encounter something a little more than normal. Mostly this look works quite well, though some users might have an issue with getting annoyed by the static of the main game screen. I know it wore on us, after a while.
When it comes to usability, Paranormal Activity is a fairly standard example of what is on offer from iSoftBet. The game itself is of very high quality, with each button and option being responsive, and the game itself appearing very reliable. The only real issue comes from the lack of graphical options, as is so often the case. These missing options might cause issues for those on older or less powerful devices, which is something some users will want to keep in mind.
Where to find it:
iSoftBet may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the iSoftBet framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
I was more than a little bit wary going into the review of this one. As you probably picked up, I'm not a fan of the Paranormal Activity series, despite being a big fan of the genre. I was worried that my dislike might taint my review, but fear not, this is actually quite good. With a look that is generally loyal to the films, and a fantastic bonus structure, this Paranormal Activity pokie has proven itself to be a lot of fun. In fact if you are on the lookout for something new, or are just a fan of fun bonus structures, then we can absolutely recommend giving this game a try. Even if you don't like the films, this is a good pokie, so jump on in and give it a try.
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