Pumpkin Bonanza Slots

Halloween is a special time of year for a lot of people, ourselves included. It was our favourite holiday growing up – something to do with us being kids and loving the concept of dressing up and wandering around collecting sweet treats and eating them all in one night. And while such joyous and innocent times may have passed us by, it always manages to brighten up our rainy Octobers. And as everyone gets in the season, so too, do slot developers. Players do love their seasonal games, and developers are all too happy to put something together for their enjoyment. Hence, we have Playtech’s release, which is a very clear love letter to Halloween. The best candy was always at the spookiest houses – but we’ll admit, we’re not sure if we’re brave enough to hit up this joint. What about you, dear reader? Do you dare enter past the gates and seek the witches’ treats?

How to Play

We quite like this Playtech release. It’s very atmospheric and helps get you in the mood for some holiday spookiness. The backdrop has a lot to do with that – you see a large house off in the distance, while you stand in front of the abandoned, ruined gates, which have been overgrown by pumpkins in the absence of any actual human life. The way the fog slowly rolls past, close to the ground, looks absolutely gorgeous. We also quite like the user interface – it’s very easy to use and functional, but it doesn’t feel flattened and sleeked back like a UI designed for mobile phones. The buttons are big and blocky, and resemble that of physical machines, which is a welcome change, and one we were quite pleased to see. The game is played on a 5x4 playing field with 10 fixed paylines, which award prizes both left to right and right to left, effectively doubling the number of paylines to twenty. The game has a medium to high volatility, meaning players can expect some great jackpots from the title, but will, in turn, have to work hard to get it, and potentially go through some dry spells without much or any wins. It’s not as bad as full-out high variance games, however.

Betting Options and Payout

You can wager between $0.10 up to $500 per spin, which is a massively wide range that should please the most casual gambler and the most dedicated high rollers out there. This is the sort of approach to gambling we love to see – letting people set their own limits, for good and bad. Still, if you’re a newer player, we recommend playing this with a more conservative bet, just in case. The game has an RTP of 95.51%, which is average for video slots.

Symbols and Extra Features

Symbols are comprised of playing card symbols – the diamonds, the clovers, the spades and the hearts, as well as icons with unique artwork, such as a friendly looking scarecrow, a witch with a rather bright smile, and that same witch flying off into the sky with the moon shining over her. The icons are relatively simple looking, and look rather clean and inviting – which isn’t matched by the backdrop image, which feels imposing and creepy. It feels like the artist team wasn’t communicating here. The title awards pays from left to right or right to left. If there’s a potential win from either side that needs the third reel to complete it, all potentially winning symbols turn into Pumpkin Wilds on reel three. If you win both left to right and right to left, with Wilds on the third reel, this gives players access to a Bonanza spin, in which all symbols that are part of the winning combination in reels two, three and four turn into Wilds, as well.

Verdict

We had lots of fun with Pumpkin Bonanza. The only real flaw we can really mention is the visuals not matching each other. The gameplay and features were plenty of fun, and the wins you could get were solid. That said, the RTP is average for video slots, and could be better. A solid entry by Playtech, over all.
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Game Details
Software:
Playtech
Release Date:
2018
Reels:
5
Paylines:
10
Progressive:
No
Mobile:
Yes
Scatter Symbol:
No
Wild Symbol:
Yes
Bonus Game:
Yes
Free Spins:
No
Multiplier:
No
Autoplay:
Yes
Coin Range:
$0.01 - $50.00
Max Bet:
$500
Jackpot:
5,000 coins