Psycho is an online slot game created and powered by NextGen gaming in collaboration with Universal Studios. The game is based on Alfred Hitchcock’s cult classic film of the same name, which was released in 1960 and instantly became a topic of much controversy.
The game is set in a chilling countryside scene reminiscent of the film, and much of the game play is centred on the film’s well-known shower scene. Featured in Psycho online slots games are both wild and scatter symbols, a Free Game feature, win multipliers of up to 40x and a gamble feature.
Game Play and Setting
The game begins in an isolated countryside setting, showing a dark and rainy scene and an eerie wooden house. The shadowy silhouette of ‘Mother’ watches over new arrivals to the Bates Motel while Norman Bates, another main character in the original film, eagerly attends to the guests. A large proportion of the game play is designed to be reminiscent of the iconic Psycho shower scene, with the bonus game taking place in this setting. The game’s graphics are crisp and realistic, and the eerie soundtrack helps to create a chilling and suspenseful atmosphere in which the classic horror story will play out.
Psycho Reel Symbols
The reel symbols in Psycho online slots include an envelope full of cash, an eye peeping through a keyhole, a motel door key and 2 of the main characters from the original classic film, Norman Bates and Marion Crane. There are also lower-paying symbols featuring playing card symbols from 10 to Ace.
Psycho’s wild symbol is the red ‘Wild’ printed logo. These Psycho Wilds can be added randomly to any spin, as an animated stabbing hand will transfer wilds periodically to the reels, helping to create more winning combinations. Resulting wins may also be subject to random win multipliers of 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x or 20x.
Scatter Symbol and Free Game Feature
The Haunted House scatter is Psycho’s scatter symbol. 3 or more of these scatter symbols appearing anywhere on the reels will activate the games Free Game feature. Players will be awarded free spins depending on how many scatters activated the bonus feature. 3 scatters will award players 10 free spins, 4 scatters award players 15 free spins and 5 scatters award players 20 free spins. More Psycho Wilds may appear during the bonus feature, with a shadowy figure approaching and stabbing at the pay table and transferring Psycho Wilds at random onto the free slots reels. Any wins featuring a wild symbol may be subject to win multipliers of up to 40x the original win.
The Free Game feature can also be retriggered by landing 3 more Haunted House scatter symbols during the feature.
Psycho Gamble Feature
Psycho also offers a gamble feature, with which players can double or quadruple their previous win. By clicking the clubs/hearts button just below the reels, players can wager their most recent win and choose the correct colour of a hidden card to double their bets, or the correct suit to quadruple their bets.