Konami Gaming

This game on Konami’s curved Concerto Crescent cabinet makes full use of the format’s 43-inch curved video monitor in an expanding-reel feature, in a video slot for which the manufacturer once again taps into the legendary amusement-game library of its parent company, Konomi Holdings.

Castlevania is based on Konami’s video game series first popularized in the 1980s, in which the player takes on monsters and the undead to achieve points and higher levels.

The base game is a five-reel “Xtra Reward” ways-to-win video slot, with a four-level progressive jackpot.

There is a random Mystery Wild Feature in the base game that transforms an entire reel into wild symbols. When that occurs, the event sometimes triggers a picking sequence called the Castlevania Gameplay Feature. Players choose a heart from several displayed to reveal a number of moves to advance on a maze-like top-screen display toward Dracula’s Castle.

Classic 8-bit music from the original video game plays as the player moves up the pathway toward Dracula’s Castle, collecting treasure bags and defeating threats along the way. As the player moves, he may encounter bats, which they will automatically defeat for a chance at either an additional heart or a treasure bag. The bag randomly awards a bonus prize from 50 to 1,200 credits. Players who select extra-credit bet levels during primary play can increase their odds of reaching the castle by activating special portals that advance the hero closer toward the front of the castle.

If the hero reaches the castle, it triggers the Jackpot Feature, in which the player will fight against a series of monsters. The more monsters you kill, the higher the progressive prize that will be awarded.

There also is a free-spin bonus. Three, four or five scattered Castlevania gem symbols trigger eight, 12 or 25 free games, respectively. For the free spins, the reel array expands to nine rows on the vertical curved monitor. In the free spins, full-reel wilds lead to potentially huge wins.

Manufacturer: Konami Gaming, Inc.
Platform: KP3+
Format: Five-reel, ways-to-win video slot
Denomination: .01-5.00
Max Bet: 3,000
Top Award: 122,000
Hit Frequency: Approximately 29%
Theoretical Hold: 5.91% – 14.82%

Author: GGB Staff

Staff writers for Global Gaming Business magazine, Las Vegas, Nevada.