Head to a haunted graveyard for some creepy, jackpot chasing fun in Spooky Family. This superbly designed 5 reel, 20 payline slot from iSoftBet comes with a pair of bonus feature. One is triggered at random, the second challenges you to feed the family pet with a selection of gruesome goodies and win up to 250,000 coins. Stakes range from between 20p and £100 per spin.
The horror themed Spooky Family features excellent design – a derelict moonlit cemetery, complete with skeleton and snakes, forms the backdrop to the reels. Those reels include playing card values from A to 9 as well as 5 members of a fantastically creepy clan who bear more than a passing resemblance to the Addams Family.
Look out for the pig-tailed daughter and fat faced son who offer payouts of between 10 and 500 coins. Frankenstein’s monster will get you between 40 and 1,000 coins. You only need to land 2 of the black haired matriarch to land a payout of 10 coins. 3, 4 or 5 will see you pocket 50, 500 or 2,500 coins. The moustachioed dad offers the biggest jackpots, paying up to 5,000 coins for a 5 symbol combination.
The laughing skeleton is the wild, substituting for all other symbols apart from the scatter and bonus. On the rare occasions that the wild doesn’t go on to create a winning combination, the Wild Chance feature is triggered. A second wild will be transferred to a new symbol to create another winning opportunity.
The chief attraction in Spooky Family is the Bonus feature which is triggered when you land 3 or more of the haunted house bonus symbol anywhere on the reels. Here you get to feed the family pet an assortment of disgusting looking nibbles includes eyes and octopus tentacles. Each 1 will deliver a cash prizes – coin prizes can reach up to 250,000 coins here.
Finally, there’s the Random Bonus feature which is triggered totally at random – it also awards coin prizes, this time with a maximum of 10,000 coins on offer.
As good as the design of Spooky Family is (and it is very impressive), we were somewhat disappointed by the features, especially the lack of any free spins. There aren’t many extras on offer and they’re incredibly difficult to trigger. The bonus feature can deliver but expect a lengthy wait to hit it. Fortunately, the base game offers some decent potential jackpots.
Spooky Family’s brand of comic horror looks and sounds great – a shame then that the gameplay doesn’t quite come up to snuff. Chiller fans will still find much to enjoy here but others may want to give this gruesome gang a miss. Therefore, I recommend Dracula’s Family from Playson which is highly volatile and has free spins.