Looking for a brand new game that is packed full of ghostly features as well as tonnes of bonus rounds? The Dark Vortex slot may very well do the trick at Betfred Games. So if you like your slots more on the spooky side, give this a whirl.
There is plenty to like about Dark Vortex. Like the Bedrock Bullion slot (review here), graphically this game is excellent with high end special effects complete with moving ghosts. The vortex effects and the overall look and feel of the game is top notch. The music playing in the background is on theme so if you're expecting a ghoulish type of slot then you won't be disappointed.
With wilds, stackable reels, free spin bonus round and hundreds of winning paylines Dark Vortex has a lot to offer. In some ways, that is as much a problem as it is a plus for this game. There is so much going on it's difficult to even play it. Yes, all you technically have to do is hit the spin button and the game takes care of itself. But, when it comes to some of the bonus rounds, it tricky to even figure out what's happening.
Fro example: The Vortex is a mini bonus element in the game. Get two adjacent gold locks on any reels and the Vortex opens. I actually got three but all it seemed to do was create a void within the five reels. The vortex remains open for five spins and you need additional vortex symbols to appear during those spins to trigger the Free Spins bonus rounds. So there's a lot happening visually but that's about it. No bonus wins, or free spins – just the promise of it.
While that can be frustrating, there are still some positives. Firstly the game can be played for as little as 10p per spin. You can, of course, increase that to £50 per spin if you are feeling flush. There is also a new element that I haven't seen before. It is called the ‘Buy Bonus' button. If you decide to play for 10p per spin the Buy Button allows you to buy a free spins bonus round for £8. The more you pay per spin, the higher the cost the Buy Button becomes. If you play for £1 per spin, the cost goes up to £80.
The Buy Button allows you to play the free spins bonus round rathe than waiting for it to be triggered within the game. First up is choice between five cards. Pick one and the number of your wild Stack size is revealed. Next is the choice of five more cards. Again, you pick one and that reveals the number of free spins you get. Clearly you hope to get the highest number on both which will give you the biggest win potential.
Then the free spins happen and you hope you win more than it cost you to buy the round. I didn't. It was a bit underwhelming and was over very quickly and not worth the money.
Overall, Dark Vortex promises a lot more than it delivers. A vortex may be a swirling mass of energy but this game left me feeling flat. It may be packed with all the bells and whistles you could possibly ask for but they are all very difficult to trigger and there are better games available.
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