When the month of October approaches, scores of online pokies fans begin seeking out the best Halloween themed games to spin the reels on. Microgaming‘s Halloweenies Pokies has a been a favorite in this regard since it was first released in back in 2005.
An oldie but goody, our Halloweenies Pokies Review will explain all the excitement and features players have to look forward to. This may not be the most graphically immersive game on the market – it was released 12 years ago – but it definitely holds spooky holiday appeal for Halloween fans.
Halloweenies Pokies Review
Halloweenies pokies is a low-limit player’s delight, covering 5 reels with 20 paylines for a max bet of $0.20 to $1 per spin. Don’t expect any life-altering wins though. The biggest jackpot here is 900 coins. That will buy an awful lot of individually wrapped chocolates, though!
Candies, costumes and jack-o-lanterns – no surprise in the game’s symbolic motif. What is surprising – and arguably disappointing – is that the color scheme offers little variation. One symbol doesn’t look much different from the next. After spinning the reels for a while, they all tend to blur together.
The Wild is an arrangement of gummy candies that sort of, kind of, form the letters that spell the word WILD. You may need to look close to see that you’ve landed one. When you do, it will substitute all other symbols, except Scatters, to rack up winning combos. It won’t multiply your winnings, but it can pay a hefty 13,000x the line bet for 5 on a line.
The Scatter is the pink/purple Bunny. Players earn Scatter Pays of 5x, 10x or 100x the total bet when 3, 4 or 5 land anywhere on the reels. It also awards 13 Free Spins with a 3x Multiplier throughout, with all winnings based on the feature’s triggering bet size. Free spins can be re-triggered if 3+ Scatters appear again during the feature.
The Jack-o-Lantern is the Bonus symbol in Halloweenies Pokies, and also acts as a Scatter. When 3, 4 or 5 appear anywhere on the reels, it activates the game’s Pick a Pumpkin Bonus. As you probably guessed from the name, it’s a pick-me bonus where you’ll be clicking on a selection of creepishly carved pumpkins for instant prizes.
The bonus can be triggered in the base game, or during free spins. However, when triggered in free spins mode, the Pick a Pumpkin prizes won’t receive the free games’ 3x multiplier. Once the player selects 3 pumpkins, the prizes revealed are awarded and the game screen returns to normal.
Halloweenies Pokies Review – Overall
All in all, this is a low variance game with a lot of very low paying symbols. Unless you hit the free spins, don’t expect to make a big profit – or any profit at all – on Halloweenies Pokies. Microgaming’s use of the exact same color scheme for most of the symbols is irritating, to put it mildly.
But overall, it is a fun game to play for a bit during the Halloween holiday, and its free spins do tend to pay out well. I’ve collected anywhere from 40x to 80x my total bet during these spins.