This new game on Aruze’s Muso Triple-27 cabinet is one of two sister games, the other being “Jack’s Winning Spell.” Both carry a jack-o’-lantern/Halloween theme in a 40-line game, with the reel array in a 3-4-4-4-3 layout.
There are six bonus features, including four under the “Pumpkin Mystery” event, and a four-level jackpot. To qualify for the Pumpkin Mystery events and the two progressive jackpots, a 20-credit ante bet is required.
The four Pumpkin Mystery features—they are random events that can occur after any given spin—include Mega Symbol, Wild Reel Spin, Prize Reel and Random Wild. The Hold Spin Bonus can also be triggered by the Mega Symbol or Prize Reel. The jack-o’-lantern character comes to life during Pumpkin Mystery features.
In Mega Symbol, the three middle reels merge to form one large middle reel for one free spin. In Prize Reel, the player selects one of three tombstones to reveal one, two or three spins of a prize reel, which appears inside a giant pumpkin on the screen. In Wild Spin, wild symbols cascade down the reel array to settle on several reel spots, after which wins are determined again. In Random Wild, wild symbols appear in four to 10 random positions, with wins re-determined.
The other bonuses include Hold Spin Bonus and Free Games. When a Hold Spin Bonus symbol appears, the player is awarded three free spins. Every time a Hold Spin Bonus symbol appears, it remains in place and the number of free spins is reset to three. After a credit prize is awarded, a multiplier reel spins once to increase the award, plus, potentially, award the Mini or Minor bonus prize or one of the two progressives.
Free Games consists of a “mini game” and eight free spins. In the mini game, the player selects one of five icons to reveal an award of 30 to 50 extra wild symbols added to the free-game reels.
Manufacturer: Aruze Gaming
Platform: Muso Triple-27
Format: Five-reel, 40-line video slot
Max Bet: 600
Top Award: Progressive; $2,000 reset
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4.05%-15.53%