Dracula's Blood Bank Slot Machine
Dracula's Blood Bank is a 5 reel, 9 pay line slot machine developed by 1X2 Gaming for online casinos.
Although vampire legends have existed in the Balkans and Eastern Europe for several hundred years, this fictional creature was given more rise by Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula.
As depicted in the book, in addition to the 1992 horror movie Bram Stoker's Dracula, the mysterious Count is an undead, century's old vampire who lives in a Transylvanian castle.
What follows is the haunting tale of a creature that can shift between human and beastlike form, feeds on the blood of humans, and will stop at nothing to win the affection of Mina.
The latter bears an eerie resemblance to Elisabetha, who committed suicide centuries ago after a false report involving Count Dracula's death.
1X2 Gaming's slot machine doesn't take such a serious approach to the legend of Count Dracula. But this game does include many of the same elements that surround the world's most notorious vampire.
Let's discuss these elements while examining Dracula's Blood Bank's atmosphere, music, animations, pay table, graphics, special features, and betting options. We'll also discuss how this game compares to two other vampire themed slot machines.
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Dracula's Blood Bank Slot Machine Overview
Dracula's Blood Bank features a standard background that could appear in any supernatural style game.
You'll see a graveyard behind the transparent reels, dark skies, and a full moon in the upper left hand corner.
This game doesn't exactly take you into the Carpathian Mountains, where Stoker's book placed Count Dracula. But the background is adequate enough to fill the backstory.
The best quality to Dracula's Blood Bank is its music and sound effects.
Throughout the game, you'll hear a mixture of organ music, screams, chilling winds, thunder, and ghoulish noises.
While cliche for any horror themed slot, we truly like how the sounds rotate on and off. This is better than most slot machines, which have the same, monotonous tune on loop.
As for sound effects, you'll hear a haunting bell when spinning the reels, and screams whenever you form winning payouts. We'd like to hear a few more original sound effects during wins, but we'll take the screams along with the variety of background noises.
The only animation that occurs during payouts is lightning, coupled with winning symbols moving back and forth. Our comment about the sound effects applies here too since it'd be nice to see more than one animation.
The constant electricity doesn't make total sense, given that this is Dracula's Blood Bank. But at least this game features Frankenstein's Monster, who's commonly associated with electricity.
Dracula's Blood Bank Pay Table and Graphics
Here's a look at the symbols and payouts for Dracula's Blood Bank:
Given that Dracula is depicted as turning into a swarm of bats, it's little surprise that this symbol is wild. The bat substitutes for all symbols except the Free Spins icon to form winning payouts.
If you get at least 3 Free Spins symbols anywhere on the reels, you'll trigger free games
Appearing in his customary black cape, Dracula pays 400 coins for 5 symbols, 200 for 4 symbols, 45 for 3, and 8 for 2.
Also appearing in Stoker's novel, the Bride(s) of Dracula pays 350 coins for 5 symbols, 150 for 4 symbols, 40 for 3, and 7 for 2.
We're not sure where this Phantom of the Opera character fits into the theme. But the phantom pays well, delivering 300 coins for 5 symbols, 75 for 4 symbols, 32 for 3, and 7 for 2
This isn't your usual depiction of the monster since he's wearing a nightgown and carrying a candle. Frankenstein's Monster pays 100 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4 symbols, 24 for 3, and 6 for 2.
This salesman character has to be Jonathan Harker, who, in the novel, travels to meet Dracula over a real estate transaction. Both Harker and the fangs pay 80 coins for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 22 for 3.
Surrounded by barbed wire, the heart pays 70 coins for 5 symbols, 26 for 4, and 15 for 3.
Complete with batwings behind it, the cross delivers 60 coins for 5 symbols, 24 for 4, and 12 for 3.
This symbol pays 40 coins for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The coffin pays 20 coins for 5 symbols, 14 for 4, and 10 for 3.
As mentioned in the introduction, Dracula's Blood Bank takes a less serious approach to the legend. This is evident from the cartoonish graphics featured in the symbols.
We like the symbol graphics, and they'll remind you of any number of cartoon depictions involving Count Dracula. Our favorite characters are Dracula, his Bride, and Frankenstein's Monster.
Some of the symbols are strange (i.e. the heart, cross, phantom), but overall, the symbols set the lighthearted theme and perfectly reflect the title without being too gory.
Dracula's Blood Bank Slot Bonus Features
While this slot isn't filled with features and bonuses, Dracula's Blood Bank does offer free spins and special payouts, which you can read about below.
When you land 3 or more Free Spins icons on the reels, you'll trigger free games.
You get 5 free spins for 3 symbols, 10 for 4 symbols, and 15 for 3 symbols. One perk to the free spins is that all wins are multiplied 2x.
If you get a win that only includes Dracula, Bride of Dracula, or the phantom - no wild bat involved - you win a prize worth 150x your line bet.
The special wins can often pay more than you'd normally get when forming wins with these characters.
You can adjust pay lines from 1 to 9, coin size from $0.01 to $0.50, and coins per line from 1 5. This makes the minimum bet worth one cent and the maximum wager worth $22.50.
While we appreciate the flexible betting options, what we don't like is the method for changing things.
You first click on the lines / coin value section in the lower left hand corner, which brings up three wheels for coin size, coins per line, and pay lines. You then rotate the wheels up or down to choose your desired options.
The problem is that the wheels move fast when rotating them, which makes it hard to choose the middle options. If you want a $0.10 coin size, for example, chances are that you'll skip over it 1 2 times before finally selecting it.
Fortunately, you can at least change the pay lines with buttons on the sides of the reels.
You can change the volume through the speaker button in the upper right hand corner.
When playing for real money, you can also check your betting history by clicking the circular arrow button at the top.
We played several hundred spins on Dracula's Blood Bank and experienced a high win frequency.
Much to our surprise, Count Dracula appeared in lots of the wins, which is nice since he pays the most. The wild bat also combined with other symbols to create plenty of winning payouts.
The bonus is triggered more often than other 1X2 slot machines that we've played. During our session, we triggered free spins twice.
RTP for Dracula's Blood Bank is 97.32%, which is among the highest that you'll find in the gaming world.
This makes sense when considering that Dracula appears in many of the wins, and how the bat helps you form numerous payouts.
If the game theme sounds at all attractive to you, then the high RTP is a huge reason to play this game.
To access Dracula's Blood Bank's rules, click the I (Information) button above the reels. Here are the most notable rules covered in this section:
- All wins must form left to right, beginning with the leftmost reel. The lone exception is the Free Spins scatter, which triggers free spins when appearing 3 or more times anywhere on the reels.
- All wins are multiplied by your coin size and number of coins per line (i.e. a 10 coin win on a $0.10 bet with 3 coins per line would equal $3.00).
- If two or more wins occur on the same line, only the highest win is paid.
- The bat wild symbol will substitute to create the highest paying combination. But the wild won't substitute for the Free Spins icon to trigger the bonus.
Comparison to Other Vampire Themed Slot Machines
Considering how big of a legend Count Dracula is, it's no surprise that dozens of slot machines feature this blood sucking monster. Below you can see how Dracula's Blood Bank compares to a couple of these slots in Realtime Gaming's Eternal Love and NetEnt's Dracula: Universal Studios.
While this 5 reel slot may remind you of several TV shows and movies, its closest resemblance is a cross between Twilight and the CW's Vampire Diaries.
The girl in this game looks like the Vampire Diaries' Elena, while the two guys look like chracters in Twilight.
The theme is based on the two guys trying to win over the woman, all set to the tune of rock and piano music. This creates a modern day love story that's rooted in the vampire legend.
One thing to like about this slot is the 243 ways format, which sees you form wins as long as symbols are in adjacent reels.
The only bonus is free spins, which is triggered by landing 3 or more coins anywhere on the reels. The main game features Extended Life, which gives you multipliers on consecutive wins.
We see Eternal Life and Dracula's Blood Bank on the same level in terms of quality. The only question comes down to if you want a more serious game versus the lighthearted Blood Bank slot.
Based on a 1931 movie by Universal Studios, this 5 reel, 40 payline online slot is a straight take on the Dracula legend.
This slot opens with an introduction video, before taking you to the reels. Dracula sits off to the left, ready to bear his fangs and lunge at the screen at any moment.
The animations and graphics' quality are what set this game apart from Eternal Love and Dracula's Blood Bank. Sometimes the Count bursts into bats and flies off, while he controls a swarm of bats when your big wins are being counted up.
While this game doesn't offer any comical elements like Dracula's Blood Bank, it's perfect if you value production quality above all with slot machines.
Dracula's Blood Bank won't impress you with detailed graphics or lots of bonuses. But we still see several aspects that make it worth playing.
It all begins with the 97.32% RTP, which is higher than the vast majority of online slots. If you value your chances of winning, then you'll need less luck with this game.
Another good quality to Dracula's Blood Bank is its background sounds, which offer enough variety to keep you entertained.
One more reason to play this slot is if you like vampire themed cartoons. Dracula's Blood Bank not only featured the Count himself, but also his bride, a phantom, and Frankenstein's Monster.
That being said, if you're in the mood for lighthearted horror, then Dracula's Blood Bank is a nice slot machine.