NextGen’s Psycho slot ™ is a worthy homage to the infamous horror movie of the same title, directed by the legendary movie maker, Alfred Hitchcock. If you’re a slot player who likes to be a bit scared while you play, then you’ll be booking yourself in for a virtual stay at the chilling Bates Motel!
The storyline is that you’re a lone visitor to the infamous Bates Motel where you become the pawn in a hair raising game of cat and mouse with a “psycho” who is watching your every move. That anonymous killer (played by Anthony Perkins in the movie) is intent on spying on you (the movie’s Janet Leigh) and attacking you in your motel shower- recreating a moment that went down as one of the most frightening in film history! If you thought the T-Rex on the Jurassic World slot was scary, wait until you’ve played this beauty.
This is a slot game that re-creates with horrid accuracy the tense atmosphere and edge of your seat anxiety that the original movie makes you feel.
Look and feel
Given that this game is a collaboration between Universal Studios and NextGen (of Irish Eyes slot game fame or perhaps you have played Foxin’ Wins) you won’t be surprised this slot packs a high-quality punch in the graphics department.
The black and white teaser film gives a sense of what’s in store: it’s night and through the rain you see a sign for the spine-chillingly creepy Bates Motel sign. Gulp!
Not only does the intro film set the scene but the game puts you right there in the ill-feted scene; with that shower curtain making up the background to the reels. You’re not supposed to be sitting comfortably in your seat! The music is not the calming Starmania variety, I have to tell you.
On each side the reels you can see a grim night scene of the dark Bates Motel and the house of horror itself perched on a hill on the left of the reels. Those who’ve seen the movie know this is where “mother” lives!
Then there’s the notorious music! This alone is enough to get your teeth rattling in fear. The famous musical score ramps up the tension of slot play to an unbearable pitch.
Psycho is a three row, five reel and 25 paylines slot to scare your pants off!
Those high value icons which you need to have in your sights are the film’s female and male characters Marion Crane and Norman Bates, a motel room key, a peeping eye at a hole and an envelope of dirty cash!
The lower value icons are Ace through 10 of the card deck each creepified by creatures.
The game’s Wilds is the word Wild in scary red letters and the Scatter is a view of the house of horrors at the centre of the drama!
Base game bonanza- Psycho wilds!
Wins in the base game that include the red Wild award a blood-curdlingly impressive random multiplier with a mighty maximum of x20 up for grabs. Just watch out for the way these Wilds are added to the reels though…
Free wheelin’ fun?
Three Scatters trigger the bonus feature which is all about the free games. Three, four or five Scatters will give you a nightmarishly good 10, 15 or 20 free games respectively. And there’s more. Wins with that red Wild in this mode are subject to up to a “bloody” good x40 multiplier! Now that’s nearly worth checking into the motel for! And three Scatters during the feature can re-trigger the super lucrative feature too.
During the free games your personal scare-o-metre might be given a run for its money when a hand with a knife cuts across the reels adding additional Wilds to the reels. This happens in the base game too and while it can make for more wins it can give some heart-attack shocks too!
If your blood’s up, there’s a gamble feature which bets your winnings against correctly guessing the colour or suit turn of a card. But you know the form- this is a savage way to lose your loot, so make sure you’re feeling lucky before you take on the gamble game.
Psycho slot looks murderously good with a tense soundtrack too, but so much dosh spent on movie rights might have been at the cost of developing more features for the game. Grumble aside, this is a game that comes with some psychotically good multipliers so there is the chance to win big in both the base game, and that all important free games feature.