Triple Raven is a video slot from High 5 games and it's scary. You'll see these dark birds flying about in front of the game grid when there's a bonus win, looking just as menacing as they did in the Hitchcock film "The Birds". But that's the wrong writer, as you'll see.
Triple Raven Presentation
The game is presented within a Gothic setting with purple drapes across a set of windows with stone tracery. High 5 Gaming have gone for an offbeat structure with five reels set within the windows - reels one and five have three lines, reels two and four have four lines and the central reel, reel three, has five lines.
The soundtrack is brilliantly exciting and very spooky, especially when there's a large win. It's worth watching the show reel for Triple Raven - as it’s a demo High 5 slots have really gone to town. There's a mad violinist playing an eerie tune, and we see a crumbling Gothic mansion in grey stone with moonlight behind it. The window above massive oak door is the one we can see in the game area.
Then we switched to see the hero in nineteenth-century dress sitting musing, feathered pen in hand, while a raven squawks at him. We're in the realm of Edgar Allan Poe, the great writer of horror stories. His poem "The Raven" is the inspiration here: "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary" is how it begins, and the figure at the beginning of the Triple Raven demo looks just like that.
The resemblances go further - the poem mentions the rustling of the purple curtains and how terrified the narrator is. And then he hears a tapping at the door - or thinks he does - but maybe it's the wind knocking against one of the shutters? Eventually, he summons up the courage to open the shutter. In walks a raven - a very proud and stately bird, who perches above the chamber’s door. If you look at the demo, you'll see the raven in just that position while Poe sits musing in his chair.
He asks the raven for its name (it takes him a whole verse to do this, but eventually he gets to the point). The raven tells him its name - "Nevermore". He muses on how other companions have left and how the raven will leave soon, but the raven just repeats the word "Nevermore". Struggling to make sense of it all, the writer tells himself that it doesn't mean anything - it's just a word picked up from a previous master. He sinks back into his velvet chair - also in the Triple Raven demo. This slot is actually incredibly faithful to the original.
The poet is actually mourning his memories of his love Lenore, and the last line of all the verses includes the word "Nevermore" - in fact, the most famous phrase from this poem is the one that's repeated the most - "Quoth the Raven "Nevermore".
And it's our duty to report that at the end of the poem the raven still sits there while the poet's soul is lifted from his shadow of a body. Some poem, and quite definitely the inspiration for this amazing game from High 5 Gaming! If you want to hear a great rendition of "The Raven" as a poem, Christopher Lee reads it brilliantly on YouTube - nearly three million people have listened to it! There's also a strange 1909 early film. Oh, and not to be left out, The Simpsons have had a go at it too!
So can High 5 Gaming do its predecessor justice with the Three Ravens slot? Or is it a bit weak and weary? Let's see.
In Triple Raven, High 5 have had a go at the poetry too, and in the demo it's not actually that bad! We said that the slot was very closely related to the poem - in the poem the raven sits on a bust of Pallas, and he does in this slot too. (Pallas Athena was the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology, so it's implying that the raven has wisdom beyond human knowing.) In the game, there are symbols featuring one, two or three ravens - hence the title. When you get three, there's one on top of the bust and one on each side. The Wild is presented as a stained-glass window, in keeping with the Gothic theme.
It gets spookier - and more rewarding. The raven symbols can split, doubling and trebling to increase your chances of winning. A double raven symbol counts as two separate ravens, and a triple split raven symbol counts as three separate ravens. That can mean a win at the level of 15 single ravens. The wild can split too, counting as up to three ravens when it appears. What's more, the raven can be super stacked, reaching a height of five symbols on top of each other.
We know that the poet had been reading ancient books of lore, and we imagine that they are full of magic. Other symbols in the game, such as the book and the ancient key, imply access to supernatural knowledge and trigger the features. The beautiful Lenore, whom the poet mourns, is also present in the game, with long hair streaming behind her and what looks like a fire in the background.
Free Games Bonus in Triple Raven
Three of the books, on reels two, three and four, start the free spins bonus round. You'll see the ravens fly and will be awarded free spins, and the background behind the ravens turns to a fiery red. What's more, you can get more free spins within the free spins feature - something all slots fans love.
To begin with, you'll get six free spins - note that these are on a separate screen and use different reels. If you get any three Free Games Bonus symbols appearing anywhere on reels two, three and four, you'll get a further three free spins. And this is indefinite. As long as you keep getting the scatters, you'll keep getting the spins. However, you won't get any extra multipliers in the free spins round.
The Nevermore Bonus in Triple Raven
We said this slot was really faithful to the poem that inspired it and that "Nevermore" was all the raven would say. So you won't be surprised that there's a "Nevermore Bonus". The bonus is triggered when you get three of the golden keys. The bonus is a pick game in which you'll see three different doors, each of which has a quotation from the poem on the pediment above the door. At the top of the screen you're invited to Choose Your Path. So what will the doors reveal?
The left-hand door is green and has the quotation "Tis a peaceful, soothing region". The middle door is weathered wood and has the quotation "Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore". The right-hand door is red and has the quotation "Summoning the wild courage". So that would seem to indicate that the green door won't hold too many shocks, the wooden door is a little more mysterious, and the red door is only for the really courageous. It's not just that, in fact. The three doors represent three levels of difficulty in the bonus, and the rewards rise with the level of difficulty.
When we pick a door, we see the windows of the mansion overgrown with leafless branches and three beautiful sapphires appear. We can pick one of the gems, and it will reveal the number of credits hidden below the reel. What's more, the dry and bare branches now grow beautiful leaves. Once you've picked, you'll see what the credits were for the jewels you didn't pick, and the next set of jewels will appear. If you pick a Bonus Complete symbol underneath a jewel, the round ends. If you manage to avoid this, you can get up to five credit wins before returning to the main game.
So what difference does it make which door you go through? Well, if you choose the green door, you don't see a "Collect" symbol on columns one, two or three. If you choose the brown or red door, you won't see a "Collect" symbol on columns one or two. And the coin wins are higher when you choose the brown or red doors. The red door awards up to 200 times your wager, and the brown wooden door up to 100 times.
About Triple Raven - Variance and Ways to Win
Triple Raven has 720 ways to win and counts as a medium-variance game. With high-variance games, you can wait a long time for a win, but when you get one it should be good! With low-variance games, you get lots of small wins. The Return to Player (RTP) is 94.9% - not the most generous on the market, but not too bad. So Triple Raven sits somewhere in the middle.
However, with wager sizes of between 0.5 and 100 coins, there's plenty of scope for both steady-as-you-go players and high-rollers to enjoy themselves. And the game plays equally well on mobile and tablet.
If You Liked Triple Raven, You'll Love These
If you loved the darkness of Triple Raven, you'll love some of the other spooky and vampiric slots we've got at Slots Temple, all available to play for free.
NetEnt have taken a bite out of the vampire market with their Free Dracula slot.
They've got a similar approach to High 5 in that they've used a different format for the play area to emphasise that we're not in normal land any more. The reels are oriented to the right, because Dracula himself is sitting to the left. He's a brilliant animation, drumming his fingers and sizing you up for his lunch with beady and greedy eyes.
Dracula has stacked wilds and a bat which can transform the other symbols. If twenty of these creatures come and roost on your reels, a great crowd of bats will swarm in. With free spins and great graphics, this is definitely one to get your blood racing.
Or how about the Immortal Romance slot from Microgaming? Sarah, Amber, Troy and Michael are all characters from the series, and they all feature in the slot. See our full review for their detailed back stories - we guarantee they'll get you totally engaged with their fate in this slot game.
The scatter is a door knocker which thumps loudly when it's used. Wake up - this means a bonus feature could be on its way. You'll see the reels spinning crazily and may gain entry to the Chamber of Sins. And needless to say, there's another bonus round called Wild Desire! Add to this Amber's bonus round, free spins and multipliers and you've got a totally engaging experience. Notice the music too - it became mega-popular.
Another one for Twilight and Immortal Romance fans is Wild Blood from Play n Go. Get three vials of blood (come on, you know how) and you'll see a pick game with plenty of blood samples to choose from. Blood heaven for a vampire. Open up the blood vials and you can win credits or free spins. And the free spins bring a multiplier or two.
Full Moon Fortunes from Ash Gaming isn't quite so poetic, but it's extremely well produced and engaging, with an authentic story. Its main character has been bitten by a werewolf and is now cursed. We're in a spooky graveyard and - nice touch - the game controls are gravestones. The scatter is a gravestone, and you need to collect them to get your hands on a prize pot. Or should that be urn?
So whether you like your horror romantic and authentic or bloodthirsty or even comical, there are lots of free slots at Slots Temple for you to enjoy.
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|Slot Name:||Triple Raven|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||£0.50 (GBP)|
|Max Bet:||£500 (GBP)|
|Features:||Medium volatility , Wild Symbol , Scatter Symbol , Free Spins , Low volatility , High volatility , 5 Reels|
|Available in GB?||Game is not available in GB.|
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