The original Wild Blood was an atmospheric Vampiric romp released by Play’n GO way back in 2013. The group opted to rework the film for unknown reasons. Three of the original film’s sassy femme Fatales are back for more action in the sequel. When compared to the classic versions, these newer versions of the characters have a much more contemporary look and feel. The game’s vampire has suddenly switched sides. This time around, he has an air of Lestat de Lioncourt from the 18th century about him, only more so. Play’n GO’s slot machine Wild Blood wasn’t exactly a smash hit, so it’s surprising to see them release a sequel so long after the fact. I’m not one to pass up a good vampire slot or a damsel in distress, so let’s check it out.
Things have evolved aesthetically since the first version. After a seven-year break, though, I suppose that was to be expected. The first slot that jumps to mind is Immortal Romance rather than the classic Wild Blood. The parallels to that time window were certain to be drawn. Since its release, Immortal Romance has seemingly established itself as the gold standard among vampire-themed slot machines. The grid has been enlarged from 5 to 6 reels, the most obvious change. The number of possible outcomes has increased by a factor of 4,096 because to the addition of an extra row. Bets can range from 20 percent up to 100 dollars or euros per spin. Both hand-cranked and motorized models are available.
Three to six of a kind of a given symbol on a payline constitute a winning combination. There are 10 different win symbols in the base game. Card royals 9 through A, which pay little, seem a little bit like Immortal Romance. After this, on the center table, are skulls and daggers. The three attractive women seem to have been selected with care to appeal to a wide range of men. We have Laura, Margaret, and Rebeca, and they are brunettes, redheads, and blondes, respectively. The payout for six of a type is the same for both: 7.5 times the initial wager. Overall symbol values are relatively low, which kind of makes sense considering the mild volatility. Play’n GO gives it 5 stars. It’s the sort of competition where steady and low-key wins out over big and frenetic efforts. The 96.18% RTP is a small improvement over the old one. Keep an eye on the paytable in case you come across a version of this slot with a lower RTP than 94.14%.
Features of Wild Blood 2 by Play’n GO
There are a lot of cool extras, some of which can only be accessed with player participation. The first type of wild is the dashing vampire, who appears as a single tile on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5. Aside from the scatter, the vampire wild will replace any other symbol in the game. When the wild appears on reel six, it is stacked with any other wilds that appear on that reel. Additionally, the Vampire Bat Respin is activated when landing a stacked sixth symbol. This bonus comprises of one respin and the stacked wild is relocated to the first reel for it. There is no way to get further free spins or re-trigger the Vampire Bat Respins feature.
The scatter vial of blood symbol appears on any reel. Free games of Bloodlust are awarded in increments of 10, 15, 20, and 25 for landing 3, 4, 5, or 6. Players can select from three different alternatives for this feature:
Laura: Every wild that lands spreads one position either up or down. If the Vampire Bat Respins feature is activated while in this mode, all Laura symbols on reels 2, 3, and 5 will become wild for the duration of the feature.
Margaret: The round has a win multiplier and a wild is kept whenever it lands. When a total of four Wilds are collected, the multiplier is increased by 1, and two additional free games are awarded. The maximum factor is 5. The modified multiplier value will be used for the subsequent spins after it is activated. All Margaret symbols on reels 2, 3, and 5 become wild during the Vampire Bat Respin feature.
Rebecca: A round’s wilds carry a multiplier of 2 or 3, depending on the number of wilds in play. If several hit, the total multiplier can increase by up to x81. The Rebecca symbols on reels 2, 3, and 5 will become wild if a Vampire Bat Respin is triggered during this feature.
Choose Margaret with the knowledge that the scatter will be eliminated in this round. The scatter is real and can retrigger those rounds for Laura and Rebecca. Additional free games of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 are granted for 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatters.
Players are bound to draw parallels between Wild Blood 2 and its forerunner, Immortal Romance, while evaluating the two slots. It’s better than the first one, but it’s not the same as Immortal Romance and won’t appeal to the same type of player. There were several parts of the original that fans could miss such as the selection game, and the chance to retrigger respins. Wild Blood 2 is a more polished and contemporary slot machine in every other respect. Potentially up to 5,000 times your initial investment is on the table. The high quality and reliability typical of a Play’n GO product.
Slot-wise, Wild Blood 2 isn’t terrible. It’s packed with fun extras, and there are many ways to customize your free spins experience to keep things fresh for a while. Those who enjoy playing on the edge may find this interesting. However, the modest volatility prevents it from being a genuinely terrifying vampire slot. Despite its promise, the slot’s gaming setting may discourage serious players from leaving their homes after dark.