Score4.6 / 5
Halloweenies is a Halloween-themed video slots game from Microgaming that is anything but frightful; at least gameplay-wise. Halloweenies has 3 lines, 5 reels, and 20 paylines, with a maximum bet of 100 coins, and a maximum jackpot of 32,500 coins. It is available for play through casino software programs or through flash play directly from Microgaming casinos which carry the game. Mobile devices can access the latter form of the game, provided they have flash player installed on their device.
Graphically, the game has a cute horror vibe, with images of a Franken-nurse, a wolf in sheeps skin, a skeleton head with a baseball cap, and a green-skinned witch with a fetching wart (or some manner of hideous protrusion) on her nose. Other images are of various tasty looking treats, while the wild symbol forms into the word wild from 4 separate images. The scatter symbol is a rather out of place looking pink bunny, and lastly there's a pumpkin head which can unlock one of the game's two bonus games. The sound is ambient in nature, conjuring up images of a dark forest, with foreboding in the air, and your wins are accompanied by cackles joy.
The two bonus games are unlocked by getting 3 of either the scatter symbol or pumpkin heads (neither of which can be replicated by the wild symbol) in a payline. In the free spins bonus game unlocked via the scatter symbols, you're awarded 13 free spins, and any win in this mode is tripled in value. By landing three pumpkins you unlock the Pick a Pumpkin bonus game. You're given 13 pumpkins to choose from, each of which contains a coin value behind them. You're allowed to choose between 3 and 5 of the pumpkins, depending on how many pumpkin heads were in your payline that unlocked the bonus mode. You win the total amount of all coins revealed, and that amount is multiplied by your wager.
Halloweenies has an autoplay mode for those who'd like to sit back and watch the action. They can choose to watch 5 or 10 spins, or set the amount of spins they'd like the game to play.
Halloweenies is a nice trip down trick-or-treat lane, with a rather unorthodox aesthetic bent, and two nice bonus rounds. While by no means innovative, and probably not the type of slots machine that anyone would want to spend a great deal of time on, it's certainly fun for short play sessions, and more importantly, offers the chance for not only consistent payouts, but also a nicely sized jackpot; and that's no cackling matter.