Psycho is an online video slot that is based on the 1960’s psychological thriller directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. The original story is based on the novel by Robert Bloch, but the re-production into film is in all probability what turned the story into a cult classic.
Even now, more than half a century later, the film is recognised for having contributed to the cultural and historical heritage of the United States of America, by the US Library of Congress.
The story revolves around a secretary, who having stolen money from her employer, ends up staying at the Bates, a dingy low-budget motel, where a series of unfortunate events are set into motion.
The game is closely moulded around the classic film, and is played on 5 reels and 25 fixed paylines.
The reels are fashioned to appear to be set on a shower curtain (a prominent symbol in the original film), with the poorly lit Bates Motel in the background. Symbols on the reels include the key to the motel door, an envelope containing cash, an eye peering through a peeping hole in a door, the dodgy Norman Bates (motel owner in the original film) and the secretary, Marion Crane.
Playing card symbols are also included on the reels, and appear to be broken in half. The Jack, Queen, King and Ace symbols are the lower value paying symbols, with the themed symbols ranking higher up on the payout scale.
Landing five of a kind of any symbol is handsomely rewarded – symbols pay out at 2500, 1250, 1000 and 200 credits respectively, for achieving this glorious feat.
Psycho includes a wild as well as a scatter symbol. The Wild is coloured in racy red, and the scatter is an image of the house where the twisted Norman’s mother lives.
The wild symbol will change into other symbols to complete wins, and will also apply a random multiplier to wins completed in this way – up to X20 times. The wild will not replace the scatter symbol.
Up to 20 free spins are up for the taking during the Free Spins Bonus Game. The number of free spins won will depend on the number of scatter symbols landed when the bonus game was activated.
Three scatters will get 10 free spins in the bag, four results in 15 free spins, and five scatters a sterling 20 free spins, making this one of the most exciting online pokies Australia has on offer.
What’s more, whenever the wild symbol completes a win during the Free Spins Bonus game, a multiplier of up to 40 times is applied to winnings, at random – this creates a rush of excitement quite befitting to the central theme.
The free spins can be re-triggered more than once.
The Gamble and SuperBet features have been incorporated into the Psycho slot game, adding an exciting spot of risk to the game.
Psycho can be played for free or for real money; in manual or in Autoplay mode.