Greetings, nocturnal critters! Get your claws and fangs in order because software developer Hacksaw Gaming has created a slot machine called Bloodthirst that is full of the kind of horrifying creatures you wouldn’t want to run into on a dark and stormy night (or ever). There’s a dash of horror mixed in with a creative rapid payout feature involving growing symbols, which, should five hit at once, can lead to a full-screen takeover.
First, we’ll let Bloodthirst set the creepy mood with its hazy, foreboding backdrop visuals, reminiscent of the studio’s expressive graphic style in Wanted: Dead or Alive. In contrast to other zombie slots like Red Tiger’s Blood Suckers Megaways, which toned down the horror with a comic book aesthetic, Bloodthirst is serious about its business. Players who aren’t afraid of a little bit of danger will find an atmospheric horror/slasher slot that’s perfect for sinking their teeth into.
The inner workings of Bloodthirst are up next for analysis. A medium-high volatility (ranked 4 out of 5) mathematical model is exposed, spewing a range of RTP values, with a peak while playing properly of 96.19%. The payout schedule will reveal what alternate options are available. Players can join the arena with the horde of beasties for as little as 10 p/c or as much as £/€100 every spin, depending on the device they’re using.
There are ten fixed paylines in Bloodthirst’s 5×4 game grid, although line winnings aren’t all that important. However, regular winnings are generated by lining up identical symbols over a payline that runs from left to right across three or more reels. If you get five 10-A royal stones, you win 1 times your wager; if you get six ghosts, skeletons, bats, or werewolves, you win 6-10 times your wager. Really creepy thing, huh? The wild symbol, which appears on every reel, may replace any other symbol in the game and has a payout of 20 times the wager for five in a row.
Featured in Bloodthirst Slots
Despite its seeming simplicity, Bloodthirst’s characteristics may be rather effective. First, a Monster Reel is formed if four identical monster symbols appear in view on a single reel. This occurs after line wins have been paid out. The Ghoul Monster Reel, the Vampire Monster Reel, the Werewolf Monster Reel, and the Demon Monster Reel all pay 5x, 10x, 15x, or 20x the stake when they merge and form a winning combination.
Conquest by Monsters
Monster Reels may be combined into a Monster Takeover, which fills all five reels, if five of the same Monster Reel are formed at the same moment. If this occurs, no line winnings will be paid, and neither will the Monster Reels feature. When a Ghoul Monster Takeover, Vampire Monster Takeover, Werewolf Monster Takeover, or Demon Monster Takeover occurs, players win a colossal reward equal to 100x, 250x, 1,000x, or 2,500x the stake, respectively.
Hunger for Blood
Free Bloodthirst spins are triggered by getting three FS scatter symbols anywhere in the main game. The chances of activating Monster Reels in this bonus round are higher than they are in the main game.
Free spins on Immortals may be triggered by getting four FS symbols while playing the main game. At the start of the round, a high-paying symbol is selected as the primary symbol for the feature. During the round, just this icon will expand into Monster Reels. The corresponding reel is then noted as the selected symbol grows. When the free games are over, the Monster Reels will grow to cover all of the marked reels.
When the Upgrade scatter symbol appears, the currently selected high pay symbol is upgraded to the next highest paying symbol on the paytable. All numbered spools are updated as well.
Spend Money on a Bonus
When you click the extra purchase button, you’ll have access to all three Bloodthirst game modes.
Bonushunt Featurespins are 3x the stake and have a 5x greater chance of triggering a bonus game on every spin. The highest possible rate of return is 96.19 percent.
Bloodthirst has a maximum return to player (RTP) of 96.34% and pays out 100 times the wager.
Maximum return to player (RTP) of 96.35% is available in Immortals (200x wager).
Case of the Slithering Verdict
I’m sorry if I made you laugh when Bloodthirst originally came out; it’s not meant to be amusing. It’s strange, because the last Hacksaw Gaming online slot we reviewed was called Frank’s Farm, and it featured a sloth farmer named Frank and as many adorable animals as you could shake a stick at. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Bloodthirst is the antithesis and allows Hacksaw Gaming to indulge its darkest impulses. It’s interesting how this studio’s games tend to fall on opposite extremes of the spectrum. Slot machines like Pug Life sit on one side of the arcade, while games like these, which include graphic violence and aren’t recommended for the faint of heart, occupy the other.
Bloodthirst’s first effectiveness in vaporizing the reviewer’s bankroll was scarier than any of the game’s frightening creatures. Full reel monsters in the basic game and natural free spins triggers first looked uncommon. Once Bloodthirst got rolling, though, they started scoring often enough to keep fans (or should that be zombies?) invested in finding the show’s better moments. When those situations arose, the game became really scary. Although the ideas shown here are straightforward, they are the types that can be reversed in a heartbeat, demonstrating that Hacksaw Gaming is capable of far more than the devilishly ingenious methods in which they often include multipliers. The maximum payout in Bloodthirst is 10,000 times the wager, however this is achievable only in the Immortals bonus game. Imagine a game of Immortals where the Demon Monster is stuck on all five reels, pounding out 2,500x full-screen hits left and right. That’s a rather terrifying idea.
In conclusion, the inventive folks at Hacksaw Gaming have delivered yet another potentially fascinating trip with Bloodthirst. Not everyone will enjoy Bloodthirst, but those who relish a good scare or two or the prospect of growing symbols unrelated to literature will relish the opportunity to be frightened by it.