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NetEnt’s Blood Suckers slot is a classic, and, as you will likely have guessed, it takes its inspiration from the vampire legend.
The famed Dracula character, originally devised by Bram Stoker, has enjoyed many different pop culture treatments, and he’s all over this game.
This is a 5×3 reel game that also features a wild symbol and two different bonus features (each with its own trigger symbol).
Let’s bite right in and see if Blood Suckers will suck out your will to live, or whether it has a bit more flesh on its bones.
Overview: Blood Suckers
The first thing to note about Blood Suckers is it’s a 5×3 reel game that offers 25 paylines on every spin.
You can’t alter the number of paylines; however, you can change your coin size and level to increase or decrease the value of your bet.
The lower value symbols in the game are items associated with defeating vampires, such as a clove of garlic, a crossbow, a crucifix, bible, and a magic potion.
Higher-value symbols are all vampiric figures, including a winged vampire, a Nosferatu-type creature, and a couple more. The game comes with three other symbols too.
The wild is the highest paying symbol in the game (offering a 7,500-coin jackpot) if landed five on a payline, and it can substitute for all high- and low-value symbols.
There’s also a bonus game symbol (hammer and wooden stake) and a scatter symbol (Dracula’s rather scary bride).
Who will the Blood Suckers slot appeal to?
With vampires enjoying something of a renaissance period in popular culture, there is no doubt even older slots like Blood Suckers will have great appeal to fans of the genre.
The graphics and sounds will have you on the edge of your seat as you spin the reels.
In addition, slot players will find plenty to enjoy here with scalable wagers offering you the chance to play for just $0.25 up to a maximum of $12.50 per spin.
There’s also a handy autoplay feature and a couple of bonus games that offer the promise of bigger wins if you can hit the right combination of symbols.
Gameplay: Blood Suckers
If you have played a NetEnt slot before you’ll no doubt be familiar with the coin value and level meters used to set the size of your bet. Once you set a level, you can then autoplay or hit the green spin button to set the wheels in motion.
The first thing to note here is that Blood Suckers looks a little dated in terms of its graphics. But the animations within the slot, and particularly the sound effects, are rather good and add an extra edge to the game.
The slot is generally favorable toward players, but there is a bit of bite.
If you aren’t paying attention to your balance you can think you are doing well. However, many of the wins are very small amounts, often a fraction of your total bet, with the bigger wins coming far less frequently.
That means bankroll management is essential to get the best from this game.
With solid bankroll management, there is plenty to enjoy here.
Bigger wins in the base game tend to come when you use the wild symbol on the reels, especially if you can trigger more than one across a payline. Big base game wins are rare, but if you play long enough, you’ll hit a couple that can give your bankroll a much-needed boost.
A player’s main goal on Blood Suckers should be to trigger the two bonus games.
The first of these is accessed when you land three or more of the bonus symbols on a payline. Frustratingly, these symbols have to be on successive reels and on a single payline to trigger the bonus.
If you can trigger this bonus, then you play a simple pick ’em game where you choose from coffins, slaying vampires with your stake to earn a cash prize. Pick an empty coffin and the round ends.
You can hit some moderate wins in this bonus round, but you can also strike out early and barely earn back the value of your bet.
The second bonus feature is triggered when you land three of the scatter symbols across the reels in any position.
Here, you receive a cash prize, plus 10 free spins, which come with a 3x multiplier as standard. Of the two bonuses this is the one that has the potential for much bigger wins.
That said, winnings in this bonus round vary a lot.
Special features: Blood Suckers
Land three (or more) of the bonus symbols on reels one through three on a single payline and you trigger the bonus round where you pick coffins. Pick an empty coffin and the round ends.
Three or more of the (rather scary) Bride of Dracula scatters across the reels trigger a cash prize and 10 free spins. During these free spins, all wins are subject to a 3x multiplier.
You can also re-trigger this feature from within the bonus round, and up to 900 times your stake is available.
The wild symbol offers the largest jackpot of the game — 7,500 coins when landed five across a single payline. It also substitutes for high- and low-value symbols during the base game and during free spins to create additional payline wins.
Pick ’em bonus
Although the bonus feature appears harder to hit than the scatter feature, it actually triggers much more frequently.
Free spins bonus
The chance to win some serious cash — up to 900 times your stake value — comes in the free spins round. That 3x multiplier is very useful, and the fact that you can re-trigger free spins also makes this round quite appealing.
NetEnt has paid much attention to the sounds and animations of Blood Suckers, making this a genuinely creepy and occasionally unnerving slot.
Graphics look dated
Although we’ve praised the sound and animations above, the graphics appear somewhat outdated. Sharper, more modern graphics would have helped improve the atmosphere.
Free spins hard to hit
The free spins bonus round will be a target for every slot player, but unfortunately it seems to be much more difficult to hit than the less lucrative bonus pick ’em game.
It can be frustrating to spin so often and never get close to triggering the free spins round.
Small bonus game wins
The slot’s biggest downfall (and I’ve said this about a few NetEnt games) is the killer small wins in the base game.
It’s easy to think you are doing well only to see your bankroll dwindling away because the majority of wins are between 10 to 50 percent of your stake on each spin.
Graphics and soundtrack: 3/5
Yes, the graphics are somewhat basic, but they do the job. The sound and animations are excellent and help create a fabulous
Originality and creativity: 2.5/5
There’s nothing hugely original here, and in fact some of the less common features (like having to land the bonus symbols on a payline) are a little annoying.
However, having two bonus features is a positive, so we’ll give Blood Suckers half marks here.
Play value: 2/5
Unfortunately, I can’t go quite as high when it comes to play value.
Those low base game wins can be a killer if you hit this medium variance game on one of its cold streaks, and it can be maddening to supposedly win, only to find your bankroll wiped out anyway.
Jackpot potential: 2.5/5
With a base game jackpot of 7,500 coins available and free spins payouts of up to 900 times your stake, there is some good potential here for a jackpot win. They are not massive amounts, but they are certainly appealing.
Repeat play: 3/5
Despite the low value of the slot and the tired graphics, there is more than enough here to keep you coming back for a few spins every now and then.
The bonus games are of decent quality, but it is that free spins round that will keep players coming back for more.
Total score: 13/25
Blood Suckers is a solid slot. It has some praiseworthy features and a few that, if you’ll excuse the pun, suck.
It is a popular slot online in New Jersey and you should certainly try the game to see if it’s up your alley.