Empire V is a Novomatic slot with 5 reels and 10 paylines that can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from 10p to £50 a spin. With a vampire theme, it comes with a wild symbol that rewards you 5,000 times your stake and a Free Games feature where you can play up to 20 free spins with the lower value symbols removed.

Visually, Empire V is stunning for a Novomatic offering – you are taken to the Castle of the Bloody Prince and his servant. Dark and creepy, it has an eerie soundtrack to match. Symbols on the reels include clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds as well as potion bottles, candles, werewolves, bats, 2 female vampires and the Prince himself.

Getting 5 of the Prince across a payline will reward you with a cool 1,000 times your total stake. Look out for the Ghost Moon wild as this substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter – it’s by far the most rewarding giving you 2, 20, 200 or 5,000 times your stake for 2, 3, 4 or 5 on a payline!

The scatter is the Castle and 3, 4 or 5 will give you 5, 50 or 1,000 times your stake as well as triggering the Free Games feature. You are then taken to the mystical wing of the Castle where you begin with 10 free spins. The lower value diamond, heart, club and spade symbols don’t appear meaning bigger wins. Furthermore, 3 or more Castle scatters during a free spin will win you 10 more free spins taking your total to 20.

Like most other Novomatic slots, Empire V is highly volatile – the key to winning big is via the Free Games feature due to the low value playing card symbols being removed from the reels. You should also keep an eye out for the wild symbol as it’s very valuable. Visually, its superb so a nice change for Novomatic – if you like the vampire theme, NetEnt’s Blood Suckers II is recommended.