If you're of a nervous disposition, then you might want to turn away now, as Hacksaw Gaming'sDark Summoning slot might not be for you, especially if you’re into your cheery and playful video slot themes instead. Yes, this online slot is about as dark and gritty as you can get, featuring demons and skeletal beings that come from the deepest depths of hell, an incredibly eerie soundtrack, and reels that are filled with ritualistic symbols that, in all honesty, give me the creeps. Stats-wise, Dark Summoning is 5-reel, 6-row, and 24-fixed payline slot with a 96.36% RTP, high variance, and a 10,666x maximum win.
As with most Hacksaw slots, there's a sackful of features and bonus modifiers for you to experience whilst playing, so the game offers far more than just a crazy and demonic theme. During the action, you’ll encounter wild multipliers, a super cascade mechanic, two exciting free spin bonus games, and a buy bonus option is also at hand for those players who would rather skip the base game and get straight into the thick of it.
There are two types of horror and gore fans out there. Those who love every minute of it sat in the dark with the volume cranked up to the max, and then people like me, who will be sleeping with the light on for the next three weeks, trying to think happy thoughts. Whichever camp you fall into, you can still take full advantage of our Dark Summoning slot demo that's free to play below.
When I try to think of other online slots with a darker theme, Nolimit City instantly pops up in my head. The iGaming developer is known for using themes others probably wouldn't touch. If you are into scary games, check out the developer's Crypt slot, Blood and Shadow, and True Kult. As well as having limit-pushing themes, Nolimit City slots usually offer more significant maximum wins than most out there, and they are not afraid to pay them out either!
Before you head off to try those slot games, let's talk more about Dark Summoning starting over at the paytable. Firstly, you'll have to forgive me for not understanding what the reel symbols are all about. To be honest, I need to get up to date with paganism, satanism, devils, and demons, but that's for another time. Anyway, the Blue Wild symbol awards the most, delivering a 30x payout for a 5-symbol combination. There's then a Goat's Head worth 10x, a Pyramid with an Eye paying 5x, and a Crow delivering 5x. The Butterfly and Scissors then round off the premium paying section, sharing payouts of 2.5x, whilst each of the Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and Ten in the lower paying section return rewards of 1x bet for a five of a kind win.
Hacksaw Gaming has catered to most budgets regarding the betting options offered on their Dark Summoning slot, with the minimum price to spin being €0.10, with high rollers having the chance of playing up to €100.00.
dark summoning slot base game
Dark Summoning base game
Forming wins in the base games and during the two free spins bonus games involves landing 3 or more matching symbols across the 5x6 reel matrix and 24 fixed paylines. The first symbol must appear on the first reel, with subsequent matching symbols landing across a payline on successive reels to the right.
I love it when iGaming developers come up with their own variations of familiar slot mechanics. Rather than a standard cascading reels mechanic that removes winning symbols, Dark Summoning has a Super Cascade mechanic. It removes all winning symbols and all symbols of the same type as the winning symbols.
Wild symbols act as substitutes for regular paying symbols, but only when they can create or enhance a winning combination. When wilds land, there is a chance they can hold a random multiplier value of between 2x and 100x. These multipliers apply to the payouts they help create. If multiple wild multipliers help make a winning combination, their multiplier values are added together.
will of the order symbols
When the ‘+’ Order symbols land on the reels, they will summon between 1 and 9 multiplier wild symbols to appear in random positions.
dark summoning slot bonus features
dark summoning free spins feature
Triggering either of the two free spins bonus games requires 3 Unholy symbols to hit, although you also need to land an Order symbol on the same spin to trigger the Rise to Salvation free spins bonus.
trial by hellfire free spins
Once triggered, the Trial by Hellfire free spins bonus gives you 10 free spins of the reels. During the bonus, all winning positions are marked with hellfire. If an Unholy symbol lands in any position, it triggers the Fires of Hell feature. All symbols marked with hellfire transform in wild multipliers with values between 2x and 100x. Once payouts have been credited to your account, the hellfire-marked symbols disappear, allowing new symbols to drop onto the reels.
rise to salvation free spins
This bonus also awards you 10 free spins of the reels. However, during this feature, the symbols cascade upwards rather than downwards. Persistent Lost Soul symbols can appear on the reels and slowly ascend to the top as cascades remove symbols above them. There are two types of Lost Soul symbols. They either offer a cash prize of between 10x and 666x the stake or a multiplier value of between 2x and 100x, which is added to the global multiplier. Once they reach the top and fall off the reels, you receive the cash prize or the multiplier is applied to the global multiplier. Finally, if you experience three winless spins in a row, between 3 and 5 regular symbols are removed from the reels on the third spin.
You can use the buy bonus feature to purchase one of three perks. For 3x your current spin bet, you can spin the reels with 5 times the chance of triggering one of the free spins bonuses. Alternatively, you can buy either free spins bonus at a cost of 130x for the Trial by Hellfire and 250x for the Rise to Salvation free spin bonus games.
Two bonus features that can trigger the 10,666x max win.
It is a well-designed slot with a brave theme.
It's not for fans of fun and cutesy slot games.
dark summoning slot review final thoughts
You have to give kudos to developers who want to push the boundaries, not just with new mechanics or exciting bonus features but also with themes. You can tell Hacksaw Gaming has put a lot of imagination into Dark Summoning, and the result is an entertaining slot that offers plenty of winning potential.