Frankenstein's monster first appeared on film back in 1931, which seemingly makes this an odd choice for a slot – you have to wonder how many people who enjoyed this classic movie in the theater are still alive to play slots today!
Of course, there have been plenty of other cinematic adaptations of the story, including 2014's Victor Frankenstein starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, although it doesn't appear that this game is trying to emulate any recent incarnation of Henry Frankenstein, Fritz or the monster.
Anyway, Frankenstein enjoys such an enviable position in popular culture that he and his monster seem to be permanently relevant. Regardless of whether or not you're a big fan of Mary Shelley's monster, and the doctor who created him, there's a good chance that you're at least aware of Frankenstein.
This means that producing this game is probably a smart move on NetEnt's part, because it means that players who haven't come online with a particular slot in mind and are just looking for a familiar name or face are more likely to give it a try.
Another game in the NetEnt Universal Monsters series, Frankenstein is a fine looking 5-reel slot that has a vintage aesthetic. Lightning and Fire Wilds, plus a bonus round featuring free spins and a cumulative multiplier mean that there are plenty of ways for players to win.
The slot has just 20 paylines, which isn't much, but the game's healthy jackpot of 175,000 coins or in excess of $80,000 means that many players will find enough opportunities to win here to make them stick around.
Since it's based on a very old film, you might expect Frankenstein to look a bit dated. Fortunately, that's not the case and the slot boasts beautiful retro visuals paired with typography that's almost like something out of a comic book in terms of its style.
There may only be 20 paylines, but you might find yourself pleasantly surprised by how often you're able to land wins – this is unusual for a game with so few (compared to other titles) paylines, but it makes for a refreshing gambling experience.
Wins during standard play tend to be fairly low, probably because spreading wilds kick in so often that it would be dangerous for NetEnt to make wins too high. As a result, you're really waiting for a bonus round to kick in so you can recoup any losses and hopefully land a sizeable win as well. This does mean that you need to be fairly committed to playing until you're able to trigger a bonus feature.
Frankenstein isn't necessarily NetEnt's best known game, but it does still appear all over the web in various NetEnt powered online casinos. It's definitely worth a try, if for no other reason than the excellent Lightning and Fire Wilds that we'll talk more about below.
Frankenstein does have a dedicated bonus round but, before we get onto that, we want to talk about the game's Lightning and Fire Wilds. Initially appearing on one reel icon, these spread to "infect" two other neighboring reels.
Obviously, this can really help players out at any time but can result in huge wins if you land more than one Lightning or Fire Wild in a single spin. We managed to just do that, and were delighted to see a 25,000 coin win come in a result.
The bonus round itself features 10 free spins with Spreading Wilds that usually result in a win on pretty much every spin. Multipliers also crop up randomly as you make your way through the bonus round, up to a maximum of 5x, which is hugely helpful for players looking for a big win.
A win of 10,000 coins, or even tens of thousands of coins, isn't out of the question during this bonus round so it represents the best way for players to recoup losses and hopefully take home a great prize as well.
With a jackpot of 170,000 coins and a maximum coin size of 0.50, Frankenstein's grand prize tops out at just shy of $90,000.
It sounds crazy to say that this isn't all that impressive when it sounds like such a lot of money; there are various progressive titles that put this figure to shame, but it does have to be said that there aren't too many NetEnt games with higher jackpots.
Of course, there are also slots out there with much LOWER jackpots as well so it's not like Frankenstein's grand prize will disappoint most playes. The figure may not quite be high enough to attract players who only go for very large jackpots and usually stick with progressive games, but it should be more than enough to keep everyone else happy.
Frankenstein is a fun game that looks and sounds great, plus it has several features that will keep players happy such as spreading wilds and a dedicated bonus round with plenty of free spins and multipliers to boot.
There's nothing particularly revolutionary about the game, so there's no guarantee that it'll take a spot as one of your favorite games but a relatively large jackpot will certainly encourage you to keep at it until you manage to land a big win.
Frankenstein isn't anything special – there's not really enough here to keep you coming back time after time – but it definitely doesn't do enough wrong to warrant a negative review either! Not every slot needs to reinvent the wheel, though it's always interesting to see new mechanics being employed, and this is a game that relies more on the cachet of its name to see it through.