House of Scare is a Video Slot game with 5 reels and 25 paylines, created by Viaden Gaming. The theme is inspired by the ever-intriguing idea of the haunted house, from its logo that is reminiscent of goose bumps to its eerie background music.
The reels spinning even sound like bones rattling, and the animations and sound effects that punctuate every win add to the scary atmosphere even more. The regular reels icons include a Ghost, a Pumpkin, a Vial (of poison?) and a Voodoo Doll, all well-rendered with a touch of humour about them. The reels themselves are mounted in a dark and typically crooked haunted house, with a background of trees silhouetted against mist completing the scene.
House of Scare Facts and Figures
The game can be played for real money or for free, which allows spinners to practice and get comfortable before they put any money down. This can really improve performance, particularly for the Special Features rounds that are explained below. When players are ready to place real bets the game’s coin value is 0.01 to 0.2 and 1 coin is bet per line, which makes the betting range 0.01 to 5. House of Scare’s theoretical RTP is 93.02% and the base game has a top Jackpot of 1,000 coins per payline. For busy players, the reels can also be set to spin automatically with the game’s AutoPlay feature.
Special Features in House of Scare
The game’s Wild Symbol is a slightly maniacal-looking Gothic woman, with flaming red hair, which adds to the slightly-camp-horror-movie feel of the Slot. She can stand in for all reel icons and complete paying combinations, except for the Scatter and Bonus Symbols.
The Scatter Symbol is a Crow in this slot which can appear anywhere on Reels 1, 3 and 5 (not Reels 2 or 4) and doesn’t have to be on an activated payline to win. When 2 Scatters are seen the reels that they are on are held in place and the others spin freely. This Free Spins round can yield more high payouts.
The Bonus Symbol is a Coffin, and when 3 or more appear anywhere the Coffin Races Bonus Game is triggered. The Coffins also act as multipliers; when 3, 4 or 5 appear the total bet is increased by 15, 100 or 600 times respectively. In the Bonus Race Game spinners are taken to another screen and will need to choose between 3 characters to begin the race. There is no manual control of the Race, and players will have to see what their finishing position is to know what their Bonus will be. At the end of the round spinners are returned to the base games and their Bonus winnings are added to the total takings.
A Final Thrill
To end things on a high note, House of Scare offers its winners the chance to increase their takings with a Gamble Feature. After a successful spin players can stake their winnings on guessing a playing card’s colour or its suit, to double or quadruple what they walk away with respectively. Incorrect guesses mean everything is forfeited, so the risks really match the rewards, and should be weighed up carefully. However, for many players this is the ideal finishing flourish to a round.