Get ready to be whisked away to a prosperous reel world filled with hopping vampires on the slot from Quickspin. Vampire Senpai will see you delving into Chinese folklore where undead creatures, known as the Jiangshi, appear with outstretched arms and stiff posture, preying on humans to absorb their life force. Your colourful reel journey will be boosted with Random Talisman Wilds, Turning Wilds, as well as Sticky Wilds in the Free Spins feature, that can lead to wins of up to 8,800 times your bet.
Vampire Senpai is a video slot with five reels, five rows and 40 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can delve into Chinese folklore on desktop or mobile from 0.10 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium volatility (3.5/5) with an RTP of 96.19%.
Loading the game will take you to a serene Asian garden complete with a lake, pagoda and bridge, all held in a red hue. Three human characters and the Jianshi vampire dominate on the square game window. Lampions hanging from the reel frame illuminate the scenery while a traditional Asian soundtrack provides the main audio. Gold coins fountains on either side of the reels will jump into action the soon a win is equal or higher than the bet size.
The pay symbols start with Asian-style card royals from J through to A, awarding 1x to 2x your stake for a single five of a kind. They are followed by three human characters with a blue, green and red hue, each yielding 10x your bet when five land on a line. The game has a few wilds – a scroll marked with the word itself called Talisman Wild, the Jianshi vampire character and the three human characters when they transform into Turning Wilds. Hit five across the reels to win 20x your bet in the base game and 40x in the free spins.
Vampire Senpai Slot Features
A quick look at Wikipedia reveals that Jiangshi are hopping vampires in Chinese folklore depicted as a stiff corpse dressed in traditional clothes who can only move around by hopping with their arms outstretched. While that sounds rather creepy to some, Quickspin gave it a more humouristic tone to lighten up the gameplay and garnered it with, well, lots and lots of wilds. They will be key to scoring mega wins of up to 8,800 times your bet.
We’ll start with the Turning Wilds as they are included in both the base game and free spins. Any Vampire Wild landing on the reels will convert any directly connected character symbol into the corresponding Turning Wild symbol, e.g. the blue guy becomes a blue guy wild. The transformations carry on if you happen to have another character symbol next to a Turned Wild until you reach the edge of the game window. This can lead to a virtual Turned Wild feast as character symbols can land stacked.
Talisman Wilds can trigger randomly on any spin. The vampire will appear to set off a swirl of wild scrolls and add 3 – 9 anywhere to reels one to four. Talisman Wilds do not appear naturally in the base game.
Hitting three, four or five scatters anywhere on the reels in one spin will trigger 7, 9 and 12 Reanimated Free Spins, which cannot be retriggered as such but you can win additional free spins throughout the feature. Two twists will make every bonus round unique and suspenseful. Any Talisman Wild scroll landing will lock in place for the remainder of the feature and also award +1 free spin. In turn, a Vampire Wild landing on a free spin will stay on the screen and hop to a random position on every remaining free spin, triggering the Turning Wilds feature. A full screen of wilds will pay 1,600 times your bet.
Admittedly that although I travelled extensively in China and other Asian countries in the past, I had no clue what Senpai or Jiangshi means when I first read the game brief from Quickspin. Vampire was a good clue and I was bracing for a blood-filled screen with zombie-like creatures filling the reels. Well, it turned out very different as Quickspin opted for a more comedic approach, giving it a cartoon-like look and leaving the blood out altogether. That might disappoint some fans of the gory genre, yet the more important part is the gameplay. It turned out to be quite an entertaining slot with ample features and action to keep you interested. Definitely interesting is the win potential of up to 8,800 times your bet.