It feels like quite a treat to get two releases from Hacksaw Gaming in little more than a week, even more so when it’s a ten-pay line machine with a top win of 10,000x the bet! The game info page sets the scene for Bloodthirst with the line, “It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark!” which certainly gives a strong clue about what you can expect from the game! The developers have been kind enough to run a 10 billion round simulation to determine this slot's RTP accurately; This works out at 96.19% in regular play or up to 96.35% when using the Immortals bonus buy facility.
The first key feature of Bloodthirst is its Monster Reels, which will form on the playfield whenever an entire reel is comprised of a single high-paying symbol. Each monster has a different payout, which you’ll receive in addition to any regular pay line wins. In addition, should a Monster Reel form on all five columns at once, a different ‘Monster Takeover’ feature will occur, with much larger rewards of up to 2,500x the current bet. Next, the game also features two free spin modes dubbed Bloodthirst and Immortals, which can be purchased directly using a bonus buy facility.
Hacksaw’s online slots are amongst the most popular in our library, so why not check out our free demo slot of Bloodthirst before continuing? It’s available to play below:
The horror theme of Bloodthirst is surprisingly underrepresented in the online slots industry, despite forming the basis of popular games such as Blood Suckers 2, Blood Lust, and Blood Suckers Megaways. Bloodthirst looks quite similar to those previous games but is perhaps a little more full-on with its dark-looking monsters rather than the cartoon-like vampires that star in the Blood Suckers slots. Admittedly, it’s not a theme that will appeal to everyone, but the popularity of horror movies and TV shows demonstrates that there is undoubtedly a market for mature themes in the online slot marketplace. It seems that developers are happier sticking with known ‘safe’ options such as fruits, sweets, and (for some reason) fishing at the moment, though!
This is a ten pay-line machine, which usually ensures that there will be at least a couple of big hitters on the paytable. However, that doesn’t look to be the case with Bloodthirst, as it seems that Hacksaw has focused the game RTP on its features instead. The highest-paying wild symbol will only pay you 20x your total bet for a full payline of five of a kind, for example, whilst the high-paying monster symbols have been divided into two groups worth either 10x or 6x for all five symbols. I don’t think this is a huge problem in this game, though, as all symbols appear in huge stacks, allowing you to win on several paylines simultaneously. As for the low pays, there are five royals which all share identical returns of 1x the bet for a complete pay line.
Hacksaw’s games all seem to use an identical wagering setup, with minimum/maximum betting limits of €0.10 and €100.00, respectively. This offers players a fairly comprehensive selection of bets to choose from, so in my opinion, you'll easily find a stake size comparable to your bankroll.
base game & modifiers
Bloodthirst slot base game
The base game of Bloodthirst utilises a five reel, four row reel set. Each reel is packed with stacks of matching symbols, which is good because there are just ten fixed paylines spread across the game's enlarged playfield. The paylines are not laid out in the usual manner of other ten-line games, so you may want to take a look at the layout illustration on the paytable before you begin to spin.
When four high-paying monster symbols of the same type fill an entire reel, a special ‘Monster Reel’ bonus is awarded on top of any regular line hits. Each monster reel has a different payout, as follows:
Ghoul (Green) – 5x Bet
Vampire (Yellow) – 10x Bet
Werewolf (Red) – 15x Bet
Demon (Blue) – 20x Bet
If all five reels happen to land identical monster reels during the same spin, the entire reel set will be transformed into a Monster Takeover! In this scenario, the Monster Reel payouts mentioned above are replaced with the following Mega Prizes.
Ghoul (Green) – 100x Bet
Vampire (Yellow) – 250x Bet
Werewolf (Red) – 1,000x Bet
Demon (Blue) – 2,500x Bet
bloodthirst slot bonus features
Up to four bonus scatter symbols can land at the same time during the base game. When three scatters appear simultaneously, the Bloodthirst Free Spins are awarded. If all four scatters appear, the enhanced Immortals Free Spins are triggered instead. Neither free spin mode can be re-triggered.
bloodthirst free spins
The first of the two free spin modes is mostly just an enhanced base game, awarding ten spins with boosted odds of triggering the Monster Reels features described in the previous section.
immortals free spins
The Immortals free spins is the only part of the game where the top jackpot of 10,000x your bet can be won. At the start of the bonus, one of the four high-paying monster symbols is selected to act as the active symbol for that bonus round. The active symbol is the only one that can expand into a Monster Reel for the duration of the feature, but you may upgrade the active symbol to a more valuable one by hitting a single upgrade scatter during the free spins.
Whenever a Monster Reel of the active symbol expands during the bonus, an indicator above the corresponding reel. When all free spins have been used, all reels with a lit indicator will expand, paying the Monster Reel or Monster Takeover prizes listed in the previous section on top of your regular bonus round winnings.
There are three options on the Bloodthirst bonus buy menu:
Bonus Hunt Feature Spins: A bonus bet facility with 500% odds of triggering a bonus round. Costs 3x the normal price per spin.
Bloodthirst: Enhanced base game with better odds of getting Monster Reels. Costs 100x the normal price per spin.
Immortals: Selected high-paying symbol will expand into persistent Monster Reels. Costs 200x the normal price per spin.
bloodthirst slot review final thoughts
This developer always comes up with fresh ideas to implement into their new online slots, making them a whole lot more fun than the endless clones that we often see from other makers of online slots. I was a tad concerned by the low numbers on the paytable and the enlarged playfield with just 10 pay lines, but I needn’t have worried – Bloodthirst is another big win for Hacksaw Gaming.