Dracula is a bit of a curious slot in terms of its theme. Those expecting vintage Bela Lugosi from the original 1930s movie adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel will be disappointed, but the visual style doesn't quite match up with the infamous vampire's portrayal in 2014's Dracula Untold either.
Instead, we're presented with a very creepy 3D Dracula that doesn't really bear a resemblance to any of the actors who have taken on the legendary role. But, since he comes to life to help players out during the game, we're certainly glad he's decided to make an appearance and stick around during play.
With his long hair and gaunt face, but muscular physique, we're not quite sure whether the leading man of this slot is supposed to be sexy or scary. The pink mist in the background of the slot suggests that the slot is aimed at women, but we'd imagine that that there are more male horror movie fans out there than female. We're still scratching our heads trying to figure out exactly who this slot is aimed at!
Fortunately, Dracula is a good enough game that we're not going to worry too much about exactly what audience it was created for.
Dracula is an officially licensed NetEnt slot based on the Universal movie property, though it doesn't necessarily seem to be based on any of the (many) Dracula movies in particular.
The slot may look and sound very special but, at its core, it's a 5-reel video slot with 40 paylines. This means that new players can feel very comfortable jumping right in and seeing if they can get lucky enough to bag the 80,000 coin jackpot.
From its cinematic intro, with beautiful computer generated graphics, you know you're in for something special when you sit down to play Dracula.
The slot is the only one that we're aware of boasting 3D binaural sounds, which adds to the creepy ambience created by a haunting soundtrack and animations of familiars as well as Dracula screeching and turning into a group of bats.
The game has a great bonus round, which we'll talk more about below, which is definitely our highlight of the game – it's not unusual to take home thousands, or even tens of thousands, of coins after the bonus round concludes.
The game is one of the newest in NetEnt's library, and they've worked very hard to promote the game, so you should be able to find it in just about any casino that features NetEnt games.
Dracula has a few bonus features to help players out when they play. The most frequent of these is the Bat Feature, which sometimes even appears on successive spins. With a little help from our man Dracula, the Bat Feature sees a random cluster of matching icons appear on the reels, which can result in some big wins if the symbol chosen happens to be a good one.
You'll see even more of the Bat Feature when you enter the Free Spins round, which is triggered by the appearance of a stacked Dracula on reel 2 and a stacked Lady symbol on reel 4. You get 10 free spins with a Bat Feature appearing on every spin, and earn 2 extra free spins for every stacked Wild that appears on reel 3 during the round.
It's a very good bonus round, and the Bat Feature means that you're likely to win something (even if it's not a huge prize) on more or less every spin – once the round is over, it's usually a good time to take the money and run.
We have to say that it would be nice to see a multiplier in the bonus round as well as or instead of the Bat Feature – multipliers are so common in bonus rounds these days that it feels strange to see one without any, even if Dracula does make up for it in other ways.
80,000 coins might sound like a hefty jackpot until you learn that the maximum coin value is 0.10, which makes for a rather unspectacular $8,000 jackpot. To put a positive spin on this, the low maximum jackpot means that it's possible to rack up some decent wins even during standard play.
However, your best bet for racking up the big bucks is – as is usually the case – getting lucky in a bonus round – earn some extra spins with the appearance of a stacked wild on reel 3 and you could end up with a pretty big win.
Still, as fun as Dracula's gameplay is, we can't imagine that those who only play the slots in search of life-changing (or maybe afterlife-changing with this slot!) sums of money will be sticking around with the lord of the undead for too long.
There's no doubt that Dracula is one of the best looking slots on the market, and it plays very nicely too. The Bat Feature is a great touch, and it really kicks things into overdrive during the bonus round. It's just a shame that the game doesn't have a jackpot to match the other good things about it.
If you're a fan of low variance slots, you'll probably enjoy Dracula – there are lots of regular wins to be had, including during standard play. The gameplay, theme and visuals are very familiar, giving off a vibe similar to that of Starlight Kiss and Immortal Romance, but still feel fresh enough to make a session enjoyable.
All in all, Dracula is a fun title that shouldn't drain your bankroll too badly while you're in pursuit of a big win.