Launched in time for Halloween, 2017, there is something rather bizarre about Yggdrasil Gaming’s Pumpkin Smash slot.
For starters, it combines elements of both the Mexican Day of the Dead, as well as traditional Halloween spookiness.
Pumpkin Smash offers a versatile gaming structure, although, in all honesty, this kind of game is only really going to hit its peak at that especially spooky time of the year.
Yggdrasil are known for their creative slots, and their tendency to turn even the most simplistic themes into slot games that players want to spin. This is a fine example of that. It offers flexible wagers, decent prizes and doesn’t allow itself to get bogged down with complex features. You don’t often get what you see with Yggdrasil slots – you get more – and that tradition has been continued with this release.
How to play
Like most other slots from this developer, there are only 20 paylines for you to win on here, and none of those are exactly flexible. Players can adjust their coin values, though, from a bizarre but not uncommon $0.005 rate up to $5, which gives the slot a wagering range of just $0.10 per spin (which isn’t bad given there are 20 lines) up to $100 a game.
T&Cs Apply 18+
Pumpkin symbols: There are various bonus icons in the game, each consisting of a pumpkin wearing a sombrero. You only need to land 2 or more to trigger the Pumpkin Smash bonus via the base game, whilst just one symbol is enough in the free spin feature.
Wild symbols: Sombrero wearing wilds can substitute for all regular icons in the game, but are useless against bonus symbols, which is just as well. You wouldn’t them interfering and ruining your shot at decent bonus prizes.
Pumpkin Smash bonus: Players are awarded one pumpkin for each bonus icon they located in the base game/free spin feature. They are then entitled to whack away at that pumpkin like a piñata, pocketing between 2 and 20 prizes for their efforts. The larger the pumpkin happens to be, the more the prizes are worth. Some of the goodies you can snap up with this feature are free spins, 2x-7x multipliers, or up to 2,000 coins in instant cash prizes.
Free spins bonus: If you triggered the free spins bonus in the Pumpkin Smash bonus round, then those spins will commence immediately after the instant win bonus has ended. Any multipliers you have won (or extra spins) will also be added to those counters before the free spins bonus begins.
Whilst the pumpkin symbols go a long way to helping you land wins, they do not offer cash prizes on their own. The red skull symbol offers the best paying combination prize in the game, at 1,000 coins when 5 appear on a line. However, as we’ve said, there are larger prizes up for grabs in the Pumpkin Smash bonus.
Yggdrasil have delivered a quirky, light and entertaining slot with this release. Admittedly, it is pretty clear that the game won’t see a lot of action outside of October, but players can expect good mileage from it (and decent wins) when it is that special time of the year.
T&Cs Apply 18+