Turning an iconic theme like a Nightmare on Elm Street into an enjoyable online slot is no easy task. With a mix of excellent graphic effects, dark sounds, clips from the movie and bonus features – this slot is a compelling and enjoyable game. Overall the feeling is dark and brooding. Clips will keep you on the edge of your seat while you play.
There are plenty of ways to win. These include wilds, including one which expands on the middle reel. A pick-me game, free spins bonus round and a separate game where you desperately try to stay awake. There are two jackpots displayed above the reels, and a line win of 20,000x is possible if you hit 5 of the wild symbols on a single line.
You’ll immediately notice that the reels are not in the usual spot for this game. Most of the left-hand side is taken up by a large picture of Freddy Kruger, meaning the reels are pushed over to the right. There are 30 win-lines which cross the standard 5 reel by 3 row grid. Beneath the reels, the controls and options look like they were scratched into the wall in blood by Freddy’s clawed hand…
The higher paying symbols are the characters from the movie. Each time you win with these, a clip will pop out of the reels and play – often giving you a gruesome moment from the film.
Freddy is the highest paying regular symbol. If you hit 5 on a line this is worth 2500 coins, with 500 for 4, 40 for 3 and 5 coins for just 2 from the left. The 2 girls and 2 guys from the movie are next, paying between 1000 and 300 coins for 5 of a kind. Playing card symbols (scratched of course!) make up the smaller wins. These pay between 200 (ace) and 50 (ten) for 5 of a kind.
Wilds show a shadow of Freddy, and are animated to show him walking towards a window when involved in a win. These will substitute for any of the regular symbols (though not the scatters or bonus symbols). Other than the 20,000x prize for 5 of a kind, wilds do not have their own prizes – they simply combine with the other symbols to create extra wins.
When you get a wild on the 3rd reel and a win is possible, this will expand to cover all 3 spots on the reel. A full-sized Freddy is shown with ‘Come out and play’ written on it. This is a 2x wild, doubling the prize of any wins that it helps create.
If you hit a wild on reels 1 and 5 on the same spin, a mini picks game is triggered. You simply choose one of the wilds to reveal a prize. If you are lucky you’ll get a prize + pick again option.
Scatter symbols simply say ‘scatter’ (in blood of course). These will trigger a free spins bonus game. You get 10 spins for 3, 20 for 4 and 30 spins for 5. The background of the game changes for the spins, with a red color and big Freddie claw in view. The spins are super-fast compared to the main game. You can retrigger for more spins by hitting more scatters.
The final symbols read ‘Never Sleep Again’. 3 of these will trigger a separate bonus game. Here you need to choose items to stay awake. Each successful pick wins you a prize, and sees you moving on to the next scene. You’ll start picking a drink (coffee, energy drink and so on), then a fuse box to get a light on, then a phone number from a pad – and so on. When you pick a ‘game over’ item, a familiar claw will rip through the screen, signaling the end of your game.
The designers have done a great job of introducing edginess and even a sinister feel to this game. A combination of dark colors, blood and earie sound effects really work well together. Clips from the movie add to the effect, with enough different ones to keep you interested. The ‘Never Sleep Again’ game is the highlight, with some detailed artwork. You’ll be anticipating the claw each time you pick, which certainly adds an edge.
I’m happy to recommend A Nightmare on Elm Street. This will appeal to fans of the darker type games, as well as those who enjoyed the original movie. There is plenty going on, with jackpots, picks games and expanding wilds all keeping the gameplay varied.
About the ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Movies
Freddy Krueger, fictional star of the 1984 movie ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ is still a household name almost 30 years after the original movie was released. This was a low-budget movie, costing less than two million dollars. It is also notable as the movie debut of Johnny Depp. Other roles were played by Robert Englund, Heather Lagenkamp and Jsu Garcia. The plot involved a group who were stalked and killed in their dreams by Krueger. This led to death in reality too. This movie became a successful franchise. There were several sequels and TV tie-ins, including a remake of the movie in 2010.