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The Curse of the Frankenstein Slot Review

The Curse of the Frankenstein is without doubt the spookiest and most gory slot machine to be developed by Barcrest, making fellow horror themed slot Ooh Aah Dracula seem like child’s play.

This gruesome licensed slot machine is based on the 1957 movie from Hammer Film Productions which was directed by Terence Fisher, and fans of the movie will be pleasantly surprised to see actual characters from the movie featuring as symbols on the reel.

It appears to be set in Frankenstein’s Dungeon with the gameplay options (spin, auto play, stake adjustments, and so on) all set in a control panel, with lightbulbs indicating each individual payline, and a gory red background. The horror sound effects are very dramatic and sure to give you a shiver up your spine – but unfortunately so will the staking options for the low rollers amongst you.

Despite being a 5 reel, 10 payline slot machine the minimum stake per line has been set at £0.05 which is a lot higher than we are used to from Barcrest slots (control your bankroll management and ensure you can afford these spins). The maximum stake per line is £50 therefore a bet per spin can cost from £0.50 up to £500, plus it has a 95.02% RTP and max win of £500,000 – which would certainly see any fears become celebrations!

 
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The Curse Of Frankenstein

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Spooktacular Symbols

You will encounter nine different symbols when playing The Curse of the Frankenstein, with the main one to watch out for being the Wild that substitutes for all of the other symbols aside from the Scatter, which in this case is the Hammer Films logo. Both of these are joined by three character symbols from the actual 1957 movie – a damsel in distress (Hazel Court), the scientist (Peter Cushing), and of course Frankenstein (Christopher Lee). The final symbols are Ace, King and Queen playing card’s that have been designed as though they are stitched together for a horrific style.

What really excited me playing The Curse of the Frankenstein is that winning combinations involving the character symbols see quick scenes from the movie play out which is a real added edge and brings additional drama to the reels.

Freaky Free Spins

Unfortunately a free spins mode is the only bonus feature on offer in The Curse of the Frankenstein, but fear not – it’s extremely rewarding and rarely fails to result in a large win.

In order to access the free spins you first need to land three or more of the Hammer Films Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. The number of Scatter symbols which grants you access to the feature will dictate the instant win prize (multiplied by your total bet) you receive for triggering the feature with 3 Scatters giving you 2x, 4 Scatters giving you 25x, and 5 Scatters giving you 100x.

Initially you will have ten free spins to play through, with all wins being multiplied by 2x, but the most exciting thing is you can trigger even more by the landing three or more Scatters again while playing your free spins – with a maximum of 255 allowed – more than enough to blast those cobwebs away and boost your balance!

Frankly Fantastic…

I love The Curse of the Frankenstein. It’s a licensed slot which is warmly welcome to the Barcrest line-up and the fact photographs and scenes of the actual characters from the movie really enhances the gameplay. The effort Barcrest have put into The Curse of the Frankenstein is clear due to it being a licensed slot, especially when compared to one of their standard slots such as Cashino.

The only two criticisms I have for The Curse of the Frankenstein is the lack of bonus features and the minimum spin amount. Fortunately the free spins mode it offers often results in very large wins and provides the opportunity to play a maximum of 255 free spins, but a pick ‘em and instant win feature would have added even more excitement to the spooky reels.

Regarding the stake, it is a higher stake slot than Barcrest players will be used to at £0.50 per spin (rather than the usual £0.20 we are used to seeing) but with a maximum bet of £500,000 on offer I’m sure it will prove too tempting for many of you – just don’t play it too late at night or Frankenstein will be joining you in a nightmare!

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