Immortal humans who have to drink human blood in order to stay immortal never seizes to stop being a fascinating source of inspiration. In this iteration, the Crypt of the Vampires, a video slot game consisting of 5 reels and 432 paylines, offers a top-notch visual experience comparable to the likes of Blizzard's Hearthstone. Except that with Crypt of the Vampires you actually have a chance to earn real money, thanks to its generous 95.48% RTP. As you might have guessed, the game is played out inside a creepy vampire crypt.
The sound design doesn't lag behind in quality as well, offering just the right amount of eeriness and unnerving atmosphere to fit the vampire theme. The symbols are predictable for this setting and some of them are nicely animated: stake, cross, garlic, vampire characters, blood cup, bat, grave...Overall, you get the impression that Crypt of the Vampires belongs to the new generation of video slot games.
The candles will light your path to the rewarding Free Spin mode. At the bottom of the reels, you will see a whole row of 30 unlit candles, and they light up when you land the candle symbols. When they are finally all lit, the Free Spin bonus will trigger, and the total winning sum will be displayed as a number at the far right of the candle row.
The first step in the Free Spin bonus is to choose between the four coffins, with each coffin representing the four vampire characters in the game, while also representing four different free spin counts - 12, 14, 16, and 18.
The Vampires you can choose from their ancient coffins are the following: Sophie gets you 12 free spins, Oliver gets you 14 free spins, Elizabeth gets you 16 free spins, and Gabriel is the most gracious vampire of them all with the maximum free spin award of 18.
Blood Thirsty is a random element to the game, which can be triggered by any spin cycle. During the Blood Thirsty spin, random positions on 2,3,4,5 reels could be replaced with wild symbols, and their number can range from 1 to 8.
Although Crypt of the Vampires is your standard five reel slot, it features a hybrid of three/four rows, which elevates its paylines count to the unusually high number of 432! The full potential of this system can be accessed through the Free Spins mode.
Therefore, you can expect the biggest wins to come from the free spins bonus feature. Meaning, that even if you get the lowest free spin count offered by Sophie, the stake represented next to the row of candles will grant you quite generous returns.
If you are lucky enough to land bonus symbols on 1,3 and 5 you will activate the Crypt Wheel bonus, with the third landed symbol showing you the number of spins. The prizes from this bonus range are coins, extra spins, skulls, multipliers, and level increases.
If one of the four vampires appear on the first reel extended to full view on the reels, the Vampire Attack bonus is triggered. That extended vampire will then transform all the other reels into its mirrors, possibly giving you a winning combo. Combined with other bonuses, it further increases your return potential.
Along with Vampire Masquerade, Blood Suckers 1 and 2, Crypt of the Vampires is possibly the most polished one of them all in terms of visuals, sound stage, and numerous ways to get your win returns. In short, while the base game can give you some hefty returns, you should play Crypt of the Vampires due to its maximum non-progressive jackpot of 400x your stake. Gabriel, the red Vampire, represents the jackpot symbol, in addition to giving you the highest number of free spins.
The new generation of video slot games seems to be focusing more on the enticing and vivid bonus features, and Crypt of the Vampire is no exception in this much needed evolution.