1970s style chills are the order of the day in Halloween, a horror-themed video slot from Microgaming. Based on the classic 1978 movie that made a star of Jamie Lee Curtis, it’s a volatile 5 reel, 50 payline game that comes with a wandering symbol blocks, a pick me round with multipliers and free spins. Stakes start at 50p per spin.

Microgaming’s movie tie-ins are usually good to look at, think Jurassic World, and Halloween is a case in point. A white shack forms the backdrop to the reels which are made up of books, phones, pistols and clown masks. You’ll also see members of the cast spinning around the reels. These character symbols can land in super blocks which are 3 symbols wide and can fill whole reels.

There are plenty of features on offer in Halloween – to trigger them, you’ll need to land 3 bonus symbols on the same spin. You’ll then get to spin the Trick or Treat Bonus Wheel feature – each segment of the wheel contains the face of a character or a multiplier. Land on a multiplier and that figure is applied to your total stake. You’ll then get to spin again. In fact, you’ll spin until the pointer lands on a character segment.

Boogeyman Bonus feature – this round is triggered if you land on Michael during the Trick or Treat Bonus Wheel feature. You’ll be taken to a new screen and offered a selection of 15 leaves, behind which are cash prizes, knives and Michael himself. Cash values award an instant bonus. Michael brings the feature to an end. Land a knife and you’ll get immunity and be offered an extra life if you do land Michael. A multiplier award increases with each successive cash award and can boost payouts by up to 10x. If you find all prizes on offer, a 20 times stake prize is added to your total.

Free Spins feature – this round is triggered by landing any character other than Michael. You’ll then receive 9 free spins. The character from the triggering spin will be the only character symbol on show during the feature allowing you forms wins more easily. The jumbo blocks can hit here too, wandering from left to centre to right and back again.

Halloween is a relatively volatile video slot as the variance is in the medium to high range. Expect some scary spells but plenty of thrills when you do trigger a bonus feature. The most lucrative is the Free Spins feature where you can win up to 500 times your total stake on every free spin.

Microgaming has made a pretty good stab (excuse the pun) of Halloween. The design is suitably high end and there are an interesting range of features. The horror theme won’t be for everyone but if you like your spins to come with the odd chill then Halloween is certainly worth a closer look. If horror is what you like, NetEnt’s Blood Suckers II is recommended.