NextGen Gaming’s Psycho slot was long awaited. Sometimes slot developers don’t deliver when it comes to replicating legendary movies in the casino world; with Psycho, they have excelled at it. This video slot – released in 2015 – epitomises all that is good about movie to slot games. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it is based on the hit 60s Alfred Hitchcock cult-classic of the same name.
After the fitting introductory video, players will find that the Psycho slot contains the usual 5-reel, 25-payline format, with just 3 symbols appearing on each reel. The imagery itself is very fitting, containing cartoon versions of the very characters in the film, as well as some of the more memorable imagery from Psycho, including the motel itself.
Coins Range:0.25 to 50.00
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:Yes
Players can start betting in Psycho, by choosing their line bets. Line bets range from a low of 0.01, up to no more than 2.00, which is fairly standard for NextGen Gaming titles. As is becoming all too common in video slots, the number of paylines you play with is fixed. Minimum and maximum wagers therefore stretch from 0.25 per spin, up to 50.00 per spin. Psycho is a very affordable slot.
Psycho is non-progressive in nature, meaning that it has a fixed jackpot. That jackpot is worth 2,500x your total bet. In order to win it, players will have to land 5 scattered Bates Motel icons anywhere on the screen, which is no small feat. Landing that many scatters will also trigger a free games feature, so your winnings are going to undoubtedly be worth more than that.
The wild icon is based on the infamous shower scene. Wilds can appear anywhere on the reels, and substitute themselves for all of the other icons in the slot, barring the scattered hotel icon. Wilds can also offer cash wins of 2x, 25x, 250x or 100x your stake, if 2, 3, 4 or 5 appear on a payline. Wins with wilds are also multiplied by 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x or 20x, which is certainly going to excite players.
As we’ve said, the scatter icon can trigger a free spins bonus game, and will do so when 3 or more appear anywhere on the reels.
A gamble feature has been included in Psycho, though, it is hardly worth mentioning. This feature can be switched on after any winning spin, if you desire. It will allow you to gamble your winnings in a simple “guess the card” game. You have a 50% chance of success at best, so it isn’t really worth the risk, unless you gambling with small winnings that don’t really matter to you.
The number of free spin games you will begin with depends on how many scatters you located to trigger the bonus. Players will get to start with 10, 15 or 20 free games, for 3, 4 or 5 scatters, respectively. During the free games feature, more wilds can appear on the rules, thanks to a stabbing feature. During this randomly triggered shower scene, the killer can stab wilds into the curtain, offering you substantially larger wins, with wild multipliers increased to be worth anything from 2x up to 40x the normal rate of pay.
It is not difficult to see why Psycho was such an eagerly anticipated slot machine game. It has amazing special features, and really cheap bets. You’ll also get more than your fair share of value for money with those bets. NextGen has set a new bar for themselves with this release, and we can only hope that all of their future games will be as good as Psycho.