The hallmarks of Aristocrat slots are simple game-play, combined with big win potential from free spin rounds. Lucky Count is a 25 line video slot with a retro feel which is very much the ‘standard’ Aristocrat offering. The theme is Count Dracula, with vampires, bats, werewolves and a haunted castle as the main symbols. This slot is available in live casinos around the world, though has not yet made its way online. Graphically, this slot has a dated feel, with minimal animations when you hit a win.
Lucky Count does not use the ‘reel power’ option with 243-ways to win. Instead you’ll find a choice of between 1 and 25 win-lines. I recommend you play all 25, which makes best use of the wild symbols in this game. You’ll notice the standard sound effects (clicks when the reels stop plus computer generated tunes for wins). The ‘gamble after win’ option is also included in this game. This lets you double up any win by correctly choosing red or black for a playing card.
The first thing you’ll need to do with this slot is set your spin amount. You can select both the number of lines (from 1 through 25) and the coin size (from 1c through to $4). This makes the maximum spin cost $100, the minimum will depend on the casino you are playing in. In theory you can bet 1 line at 1c, though in practice 25c is the lowest that the casinos will allow.
You can either spin the reels by clicking ‘spin’ each time, or choose the autoplay function. This can be stopped at any time, or after a certain number of spins.
The best symbol in this game is the count himself. This is the wild symbol, which substitutes for any other symbol with the exception of the castle scatters. Not only will you win 2000 coins for 5 counts, he will usually be involved in multiple other win-lines too – leading to some big wins. The bat is also a wild in this game, though with lower payouts.
5 Red roses gets you 1000 coins with the werewolf, goblet and mask giving smaller wins. The familiar Aristocrat playing cards are also included.
The castle is the scatter, this does have its own payouts – thought the main function is to trigger the free spins round in this slot.
You can win up to 40 free spins in this game, with 5 castles anywhere on the reels. 3 will get you 15 and 4 gets you 25 spins.
This is a standard free spins feature with only one extra – wins involving vampires are tripled from the usual payouts. This means 5 vampires would be worth 6000 coins during the feature round. The bonus can be retriggered with more castles during play. Like with many Aristocrat slots, the feature round is where the big payouts will come from. Though these are not triggered too often, it is worth waiting for.
Aristocrat focuses on simple slots with their trademark noises and gameplay. While Lucky Count is easy to play and enjoyable for a session or two – it’s nowhere near as fun as other Aristocrat games. With so many slots now including breakout bonus features and in-reel behaviors which liven up the experience, slots like Lucky Count are at risk of being left behind.