Theme of the Game
Count Duckula brings back to life the cartoon series from the 1980s which puts the old story of vampire Dracula into the duck world. Count Duckula is as goofy a character as it sounds, running around with his faithful helpers, hen Nanny and vulture Igor following him every step of the way.
The slot version of this story is rendered so faithfully that it seems as the cartoon is back on air. All of the characters are there set in five different scenarios for five different bonus games.
Count Duckula will try his best to get you that bonus with the power of his ancestors, while the top prize will definitely be the Cashpot which awaits around the corner in gloomy Transylvania.
Part of Gauselmann Group, Blueprint Gaming are well-known for their slot titles developed for land-based and online casinos. In fact their games can be played on 100,000 terminals in the UK, Italy and Germany.
The company is based in the UK and they are famous for their innovative solutions and the ability to create a feeling of familiarity for the players while at the same time introducing new and original features.
How to Play It
The 5 reels and 3 rows set in the backyard of Count Duckula’s castle are hiding 20 paylines which can even turn into 40 during the Free Spins.
Sporting a cartoony feel the commands on screen are simplified so on your left there is the option to set your bet size starting from $0.20, while on the left you will find “spin” and “autospin” button.
Don’t take too much time deciding how much you will spend as Count Duckula is famous for his impatience and he will remind you to hurry up in his original cartoon voice.
The symbols that will appear on the reels are Count Duckula himself, his castle, spooky pipe organ and Count’s family crest. The face of Count Duckula will pay the most, while the low-paying icons in his castle are cartoony playing cards symbols with stitches and plasters on them.
The Wild symbol is the image of a heart with a wooden stake through it. This pierced heart can substitute for any symbol in the game, but the Scatter which is another picture of Count Dracula which represents the Bonus trigger.
If you were wondering where are Count Duckula’s helpers, they could mysteriously appear on any given spin adding random in-game features.
Count Duckula might be scary because of his vampire nature but in this game he offers plenty of features to amuse and reward you. Even though he gets easily annoyed if you wait at the spin button for too long, it is all forgiven when you see all sorts of treats he offers in his castle.
We have already mentioned that his helpers appear randomly throughout the game and add some sparks to the game. For example, Igor triggers Mystery Potion feature.
Actually, he enters the reels with a tray of bottles with potions but clumsy as he is, Igor trips and all the potions spill and explode. During this explosion a number of tiles will be covered with mystery symbol. Nanny comes to the scene with a Colossal 3×3 Wild to increase your chances of winning.
Duckula can also appear announced and turn into wilds added to your reels. Or he can summon the Duckula’s Winged Winspin where his bats fly in to reveal jackpot icons.
If you think that this is something, we must say that we haven’t even started with the Bonus games. Duckula Bonus Trigger is the symbol that you want to see, more precisely, three of them. That is when Duckula Wall of Fame feature is activated. On the Wall of Fame you will see 5 bonuses:
Tombstone Bonus: a selection of tombstones is presented, each one hiding a cash prize. You can continue picking as long as you don’t see Count Duckula’s nemesis Dr Von Goosewing who will end the feature.
Ancestor Pick Me Bonus: there is a range of picture frames for you to pick on the walls of Count’s castle. Some of them contain multipliers, some of them hide Dr Von Goosewing and you already know his role in the game. However, be on the lookout for three Duckula heads as they will trigger the Super Bonus.
Dr Von Goosewing Free Spins is the typical free play round which awards 10 Free Spins with sticky wilds.
Wild Heart Free Spins: this is a set of 10 Free Spins that is played on a different reel set which can double the number of paylines. During the Free Spins Wild Hearts are collected until the Free Spins are over. After that a Duckula Wild Spin is triggered which contains all the collected Wilds on the reels.
Duckula’s Big Money Bonus: here is one scenario that you will not like. Dr Von Goosewing has got Count Duckula strapped on a money wheel. This will can bring you multipliers when you spin it. Again, Dr Von Goosewing will end the round if the wedge lands on his field.
Finally, there is a cashpot prize called Rapid Fire Cashpot which can be activated in the Wall of Fame feature. Follow the ketchup bottle and see the level of ketchup rising, as it will tell you when the average jackpot is awarded.
Count Duckula starts off as an affordable slot at $0.20 but it also provides a chance to high rollers to enjoy in this fun cartoony spinner. The top limit on the stake is $500.
The maximum paying five-of-a-kind combinations are that of the Wild and Count Duckula regular symbol, as they reward 500 credits for five matching symbols.
However, there are plenty of opportunities to benefit form through the bonus games, which make Count Duckula worth a spin or two.
We are always slightly apprehensive when we have our hands on a branded slot. Before you even start, you already have certain expectations that are more easily shattered than fulfilled but in the case of Count Duckula.
We daresay that it is more fun than the original series and we don’t say that because of five different bonus features, a cashpot and four in-play games. They come as the other side of the coin which equally lives up to the expectations.