IGT explores Elvira's dark side in video slot machine

Dec 1, 2009 5:02 PM


I visited one of my favorite casinos in Henderson Tuesday night for dinner and a little play (they were awarding 20x points on my players card when playing any video slot machine, one night only.) We had a coupon from the players club for buy one get one free, had one of the house specials, pot roast with vegetables, a salad and apple cobbler with ice cream (all for only $8.99, which we paid for with our players card points). The pot roast portion was huge; it covered 3/4 of the plate and was at least three inches high. It was like half the size I would serve my whole family for dinner, all for one person. Everyone was leaving the restaurant with doggie bags, including me. While we were waiting for a seat (only 10 minutes) I spotted a new machine. I sat down at it but didn’t have time to play before they called our name to be seated for dinner. So I had to wait to play until after we ate.

The game was IGT’s Elvira’s Secret. I remembered the old Elvira machine from a few years ago, the one with the progressive and the huge Elvira sitting on top. The game was patterned after the beautiful, voluptuous Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, a horror movie show which has been running on television for more than 20 years.

This is a 30 line 7x max bet machine. The symbols were four different poses of Elvira (one in the bath tub), a red hand, a purple bat, a blue skull sticking out his tongue, a jeweled knife, a bright green snake and the bonus symbol: a big eye with a spider near the corner. The graphics were a little lame and the caricatures of Elvira just didn’t cut it. I guess I’ve been spoiled with all the fantastic art they use on the games these days. I finally hit three of the bonus symbols and got my free spins. During the free spins, the Spider symbols that appear in the fifth reel accumulate at the top of the screen and for every three spiders accumulated it one of the Elvira symbols turns wild. It’s like the Kitty Glitter slot I reviewed in March when I managed to make all the cat symbols wild and won $890. However Elvira wasn’t so generous. I managed to get one of the symbols wild but I didn’t retrigger the free spins and only won $5.60 during the free spins bonus.

If you were a fan of Elvira’s television show from 1980’s to 1990’s, you may enjoy the Elvira slot, and with luck retrigger the bonus and turn all the Elvira’s into wilds. It’s the only way this game is going to pay, so play conservatively.