Go on the prowl with a Victorian vampire hunter in Dark Thirst a Gothic horror-themed slot from 1×2 Gaming. Played using a 5 reel, 25 payline game engine, this spine-chiller comes with a pick me feature as well as a bonus feature that awards between 10 with all payouts trebled. Brave the graveyard from between 25p and £62.50 per spin.

Set against a full moon and the silhouette of a haunted house, the reels in Dark Thirst have a classic horror feel. Symbols include a bulb of garlic, amulet, Bible and crucifix and goblet of blood. They’re joined by a bat, a fang-filled mouth and female and male vampires.

The white-faced male vampire is the most rewarding, offering 500 coins if you land 5 on a payline. The blue-haired zombie woman is the wild – she replaces all other symbols bar the bonus and scatter and awards payouts of 5, 200, 2,000 or 7,500 coins if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

Land 3 skull and gravestone bonus symbols from left to right on a payline and you’ll trigger the Bonus feature – you’ll be taken to a new screen and shown 12 gravestones. Pick 1. A grave digger will appear and dig up the grave. If there’s a body lying there, you’ll win a prize. Keep on picking until you find a skeleton which brings the feature to a close.

The long-haired vampire is the scatter – landing 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the reels on the same spin triggers the Free Spins feature. Here you can look forward to 10 free spins. Better still is that all winning combinations are boosted by a 3x multiplier and the payout is trebled.

We enjoyed Dark Thirst – the comic book design, complete with some nifty animations and a sweeping soundtrack, is impressively done. The gameplay matches the visuals too. There’s plenty of action in the base game and both of the features offer decent potential.

The pick me round seems to hit more often of the 2 – we still managed to win the best part of 50 times our total stake after some good choices here. Better still is the free spins offering – it’s harder to come by but the trebling multiplier can quickly get the coins flowing. The RTP is a fair 97.32%.

Dark Thirst is a very decent horror-themed slot – not too gruesome but creepy enough, it offers some quality gameplay too. If you like your spins to come with a chill down the spine, then this Gothic adventure should do just that. If you like the theme, iSoftBet’s Paranormal Activity is an excellent, yet terrifying, choice.