Barcrest’s Vampire Desire Video Slot Review

Vampire Desire: Demo

Gothic horror romance is the theme on offer from Barcrest in Vampire Desire. The base game action is played on a 5 reel, 5 row, 50 payline machine. Land a wild and it expands to open up 5 more rows and another 50 paylines. There’s also a streak respin round. Play at stakes of £2 per spin or more and each win of 2.5 times your bet triggers multipliers or a streak respin trigger. Play from between 10p and £500 per spin.

Cartoon Horror

There’s nothing particularly terrifying about Vampire Desire. The design owes more to the likes of the Twilight movies than anything Bram Stoker dreamt up. Set against a castle backdrop, you’ll see playing card suit symbols as well as gargoyles, chalices full of blood, ravens, skulls and a castle view. The red rose is the best standard symbol paying 0.5, 1 or 5 times your bet if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Expanding Wilds

The sky full of bats symbol is the wild. Whenever this appears, it transforms into a female vampire and expands to turn the whole reel wild. The gates that lock the top 5 rows of the reels open up here too to trigger the Mighty Reels feature. This takes the number of paylines from 50 up to 100.

Vamp It Up Bonus feature

If you’re playing at stakes of £2 per spin or more, you can activate the Vamp It Up Bonus feature. This is triggered every time you land a winner of 2.5 times your total bet or more. You’ll then spin the Bonus Wheel. Depending on where the pointer lands, a multiplier of between 1x and 5x is applied or you’ll trigger the Lock It Link feature. It’s worth noting her that symbol payouts if Vamp It Up is active are 50% of standard.

Lock It Link feature

The main extra in Vampire Desire is this Lock It Link feature. It’s triggered via the Vamp It Up Bonus Wheel or by landing 3 red heart symbols on the same horizontal line. Those hearts are held and multiplier values are attached. 3 respins then follow with the reels made up of blanks or red or blue hearts.

Any hearts that land have multipliers attached too and are held. Red and blue hearts adjacent to gold hearts join the link and become active. Land 3 or more adjacent hearts and they link and turn into gold hearts and the prizes combined. When a red heart joins a link, the respins reset to 3. A blue heart in a link it opens up the upper set of reels and the respins are set at 4. The round ends when all positions are linked or you’re out of spins.

Frustrating

We found Vampire Desire rather frustrating. It proved tricky to land the Vamp It Up Bonus feature and we lost count of the times where we were close to triggering the Lock It Link feature but ended up with a heart on the wrong row. The top win is by filling the 100 paylines with wilds which will result in a 500 times bet payout.

Those features can be well worth hitting when they appear but be prepared to show plenty of patience. We weren’t bowled over by Vampire Desire. If you’re a fan of the horror theme though, then it’s one to consider but Microgaming’s Immortal Romance or Thunderkick’s Full Moon Romance are better options.

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