NYX Gaming group, parent company to NextGen Gaming and more recently Cryptologic, struck an exclusive deal with Universal Pictures which saw them release a video slot through developers NextGen Gaming. This new slot is designed around the theme of the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece ‘Psycho’.
Filmed in 1960, Hitchcock pushed the boundaries of film at the time with Psycho, spawning not only what went on to be classic but also a new standard in creating suspense and tension through the medium of film. Have Aussie crew NextGen been able to bring Hitchcock’s masterpiece to life via this platform? Read on to find out.“The graphics are of a really high quality and some really detailed thought went into the design of this slot and its features, other developers take note here because this level of detail is often overlooked… “
“A boy's best friend is his mother…”
Based around the format of 5 reels, 3 lines and 20 pay lines, it’s a medium to high variance slot and you can play from as little as $0.25 up to $50 per spin. The game itself is framed by the classic imagery of the Bates Motel and from these iconic visuals you already start to get a sense of dread, with the sound FX going a long way in assisting the developers to build upon an already chilling atmosphere throughout.
The backdrop to the reels is the classic shower curtain from that most infamous of film scenes, all beautifully animated with water droplets tracing their way down the curtain itself. The reels are littered with a mix of normal numbers and symbols based upon objects or characters from the film.
“We all go a little mad sometimes”
Bonus wise it builds upon a more traditional set of game features, albeit taking them to newer and crazier heights. The amazing animation for Psycho Wilds for example is really cleverly done. A hand holding a knife pops up, literally stabbing and slashing at the wilds to appear on the reels. ‘Haunted House’ Scatters are present with the Bates residency as the icon. When you get 3+ of this type of icon it will trigger the free spins feature with 3 icons giving u 10 spins, 4 giving you 15 and 5 giving you 20.
During this phase the appearance of extra wilds will net you multipliers all the way up to a possible 40 times, which is insane. It can also be retriggered during the feature itself by getting at least 3 more symbols simultaneously. Wilds were frequent and it was literally raining scatters when we played it, the game was really frantic in this sense and NextGen have done a really good job here of keeping you entertained throughout your game time.
Hands down, this is a fantastic slot game. It builds a certain kind of tension when you play it and you’re on tenterhooks just waiting for Psycho Wilds to start hacking and slashing across your screen. The graphics are of a really high quality and some really detailed thought went into the design of this slot and its features, other developers take note here because this level of detail is often overlooked.
Overall, this game will keep you entertained constantly while playing and is a slot you probably never want to use auto spins on for fear of missing out on something cool popping up. NextGen have managed to capture the true essence of Hitchcock’s original film in this title, and we’re sure it’s one you’re going to want to play again and again. You can play this game online at Mr Green and nab yourself an exclusive bonus on us at the same time!