For all the spooky Halloween elements corresponding to its vampire theme, the Lucky Count slot from Aristocrat is more about camp fun than spine-chilling horror. The artwork relates to the Gothic theme, but it is rendered in vibrant colours with over-the-top flourishes that make it funny rather than scary. Like most Aristocrat titles found online, however, Lucky Count is beautiful to look at, although the sound effects are the standard electronic clicks and beeps found in many titles.
Lucky Count plays on five reels with three windows each, and the player can choose to bet on 1, 5, 10, 15 or 25 pay lines. Bets per line can be varied from 1 to 100 coins, and there is an Auto Spin function to make long-term play easier. The bright yellow reels are unframed, with the Lucky Count of the title in the background, running through the night with his bats.
Lucky Count Ordinary Symbols
Like most Aristocrat titles or Android pokies from other developer, Lucky Count uses poker symbols for low-value wins. These six icons, from 9 to A, are presented in familiar Aristocrat designs, featuring bright colours with ornamentation in gems and gold. All of them win 5 credits for three of a kind except for the A, which wins 10. Five As win 125 credits, while all the other poker symbols win 100.
The other five ordinary symbols are theme-related: a dribbly candelabra, a gold chalice of blood, a werewolf with fiery feet, an ornate dragon’s-head door knocker and a dew-kissed red rose. For five matches, they win 200, 300, 400, 500 or 1,000 credits, respectively.
Two Wilds Help Rack up Wins
Lucky Count includes not one, but two Wild symbols. One is the Lucky Count himself, and the other is a bat flying against the full moon; presumably the Count in his airborne form. Both these Wilds can substitute for other ordinary symbols in the usual manner, to create winning combos. However, whenever a vampire Wild appears, the prize on any wins is repeated according to the total number of bat Wilds and vampire Wilds visible on the reels.
Matches of two or more vampire Wilds from Reel 1 on the same pay line also win additional prizes: 5, 100, 250 or 2,000 credits.
Spooky Castle Scatter has Two Functions
A forbidding castle at sunset is the Lucky Count Scatter, and it has dual functions. Three, four or five Scatters in any position trigger a free spins round of 15, 25 or 40 free games, during which all wins are tripled. In this round, whenever the vampire Wild appears, the total win is 3X the line win for every vampire or bat Wild visible. The free spins round can be re-triggered by three or more Scatter on any of the free spins.
The second function of the castle Scatter, also common to many slot titles, is to trigger an immediate win based on a multiplier of the total bet per spin. Three, four or five Scatters activate multipliers of X5, X20 or X100.