Beware Wild Zombies
There's a zombie staggering towards you - hands outstretched. Yes, that's your stacked Wild. Reel 3 never has a wild symbol in the base game - these only appear on the other reels. Reel 3 is reserved for the stacked Wild - this is the only place this zombie can appear. It can make its entrance as a single slot, or as two stacked slots, or three stacked slots.
Now it can happen, of course, that the stacked Wild zombie is only partially displayed when the reels stop spinning. That’s annoying, if the whole stacked Wild would have completed a payline. Don't worry, NetEnt has this covered, and the stack will be nudged up or down, so that you don't lose out.
In the base game, Wilds substitute for all symbols except the Scatters.
The random Wild will only show up if your spin didn't activate the free spins feature or the stacked Wilds. But once it does, it's magic, with the ability to change up to six symbols into Wilds. Like the stacked Wilds, it doesn't appear during free spins. But during the Random Wild feature, Wilds can appear on any reel, as they can during free spins. When a Wild substitutes for a symbol, it pays the highest possible win on that payline.
After the random Wild feature finishes, the Wild symbols that you won during the feature can appear on any reel. What's more, they can replace Scatters from the round you were playing before the Random Wild feature started.
Zombies - free spinning in their graves
Three Scatters appearing on reels 2, 3 or 4, anywhere on the reel, will activate 5 free spins. Free spins use the same bet level and coin value as the spin that started the free spins feature and - boo hiss - you can't win more free spins in the free spins round. However, there is a great multiplier feature to make up for it.
After each free spin, your bet line wins are multiplied. The first time this happens, the multiplier is one, then it goes like this: free spin 2 - win 2x, free spin 3 - win 3x, free spin 4 - win 5x, free spin 5 - your win times a whopping 10!
However, it's what happens between spins that revs up the action. Every time you take a free spin, there's a fadeout and zombies appear in the mall. The number of zombies matters - you'll see why in a minute. But the important thing is that a hand holding a gun appears, and starts firing. A gun against zombies - that ain't gonna work, surely? They're dead already aren't they?
Well, in this game, they can be shot! So the gun automatically shoots between 2 and 5 zombies and that awards you extra coins on your Zombie Score display. It's not that successful, as more and more zombies keep appearing and advancing towards you!
When the Zombie Score is running, the free spins multiplier isn't running - the zombie coins are added separately to your coins balance, after any free spins round winnings have been added.
But you can win up to 555 coins in the Zombie Score feature, so it's a great bonus in terms of winning potential.
Betting on Zombies
With 20 paylines, you can adjust your total bet by choosing your bet level and coin value. The bet level control is to the left of the main Spin button and allows you to set a level up to 10, by clicking on the left of the level (down) or the right of the level (up). As you do this, the "BET" indicator to the left of the game dashboard will multiply the level by the coin value you're currently using, to show the total bet.
Similarly, you can set the coin value to anything from 0.01 to 1.00. In this case, the coins available to you will be adjusted as you alter the coin value. Coins are shown to the right of the dashboard.
You may get a feeling that a big win is due and want to quickly up your bet - no problem. Just click the Max Bet button to the right of the main Spin control. The level will change to the maximum of 10, the coin value will change to the maximum of 1.00 - the bet level will show your total bet of 200 and your coins total will change to the reflect the new total bet.
A bet line always pays from left to right, and your win will equal the value of the symbols, multiplied by the bet level, then multiplied by any multipliers provided in the game. As is standard, only the highest win on any payline is paid out. But wins occurring after the same spin, on separate paylines, are totalled together.
Like other newish NetEnt Free Slots, Zombies has a really neat feature, where if you click on any of the symbols during the main game, you get a little help box which has a mini paytable, specifically giving the wins for that symbol.
At the lower left of the screen, the spanner reveals the game settings, so you can go under the bonnet and get the game running exactly the way you want it to. The settings are on a handy popup, so you can select the options you want in one go.
You can choose whether or not you want the Intro screen, and whether you want quick spins activated. You can also choose to have ambient sound (the soundtrack, in Zombies is not a lot to write home about - slightly spooky is all you could say about it), or just sound effects. Untick both boxes if you don't want any sound. You can switch the graphics quality to high, medium or low and if you're playing on a PC or laptop, you can choose to have the spacebar as the spin button.
The Autospin button will allow you to set a number of spins in preselected amounts, up to 1,000. Alternatively, click advanced settings. You can stop the repeat spins if you win anything, if you win free spins, if you have a win exceeding an amount you preset, or if your coin store increases or decreases by a certain amount.
The gruesome twosome pay out in Zombies!
So let's take a look at what we get for mixing it with the undead. We've got a lovely rotary saw, covered in blood, and that's your highest paying symbol: 5 = 1000, 4 = 250, 3 = 50. Then there's a nice gas mask, which is very handy: 5 = 700, 4 = 150, 3 = 40.
Oh boy, here we go with the gruesome twosome - the brain and the eyeball. Mmmm tasty. OK, so the bleeding brain complete with what looks like a gunshot wound isn't a great scorer: 5 = 600, 4 = 125, 3 = 30. The wrenched out eyeball is really, really yucky and pays: 5 = 500, 4 = 100, 3 = 30.
That just leaves us with the delightful nail-encrusted club and the bloody axe - two for the price of one and it scores: 5 = 400, 4 = 100, 3 = 25.
The playing cards range from Ace: 5 = 120, 4 = 50 and 3 = 7, through the King, Queen and Jack, down to the ten, at which point it's 5 = 70, 4 = 25, 3 = 4.
Novichok? This is Zombiechok!
The Scatters are vials containing something deadly - well we've been here recently, haven't we? When you get three of them, on reels 2, 3 and 4, you get the five free spins.
If your three vials turn up, they start flashing, looking pretty radioactive. However, as you know, they're followed by the multipliers, so the Zombiechok might turn out to be good news after all!
When the free spins round starts, you'll see the possible win multipliers at the right of the game dashboard.
If you like Zombies, you'll love these!
Whether it's zombies, the undead or halloween slots, there are a vast amount of horror themed slots to choose from. Luckily, Slots Temple has done the hard work for you, and sorted the zillions of slots they have into themes. Just click on Themes at the top of the screen and you'll see an alphabetical list. Both Horror and Halloween feature, so you're spoilt for choice.
Or if it's zombies or nothing, just type zombies into the search bar to see a great selection of zombie slots.
Attack of the Zombies, from Genesis, is set in a London graveyard and features six zombies along with a group of female zombie hunters. The hunters transform into zombies and you have to bring them back by finding the antidote which is only available on reel three. Do that, and the zombie hunter turns into a Wild. Great gameplay, and the zombie hunters are cute!
Or try the slightly strange Alaxe in Zombieland which is like Alice in Wonderland, only with the undead, and a slightly psycho looking Alice, whose gold curls and blue headband, combined with really weird eyes, are somehow extremely sinister. There's a bonus tea party, the Red Queen - and tombstones. You have to wonder whether someone at Genesis has been working too hard and needs a bit of a rest! Anyway, the whole thing is highly entertaining in a completely mad kind of way, and has great rewards - there are three Scatters, bonuses and fantastic prizes. It's a crazy mashup of two different themes, but great fun to play.
Another classic is the old Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde horror story that has thrilled people for years, and been made into many films. It keeps being reinvented for a new generation, and that's what's happened with Dr Jekyll Goes Wild from Barcrest. The graphics are great, and they pay tribute to the classic films. We're in Victorian London, with old buildings, gaslights, and the full moon. The Doctor's lab has smoking potions and test tubes. The game has a Big Bet mode, and if you get eight Scatters during this, you'll win a bonus round of 75 spins. Interestingly, the Return to Player (RTP) also goes up, from 96% to 98% during the Big Bet round - a very unusual feature.
Another classic, this time from NetEnt, is The Invisible Man. We have another mad scientist, who manages to make himself invisible, but he can't reverse the experiment. He's the bandaged man you see in lots of Halloween titles. This is up to NetEnt's usual high standards, so definitely give it a go.
And if you're a fan of the Paranormal Activity movies, iSoftBet has a genuinely creepy ghost child and an amazing effect where you see two hands, struggling to free themselves from behind the screen. Don't play it alone in a creaky old house!
Travelling with Zombies
You can play all of these games on mobile and tablet. All NetEnt's games are optimised for mobile, so you'll get a great playing experience, wherever you are.
Just remember to use the boxes in the settings to moderate the sound, if you're on the train. Otherwise, your fellow travellers might decide to send you to join the undead!
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