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I was entirely shocked to discover that NextGen Gaming's Psycho slot is not, in fact based on one of my previous ex-girlfriends, but rather on the classic 1960 horror film that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starred Janet Leigh as Marion Crane and Anthony Perkins as the murderous owner of Bates Motel. Featuring one of the world's most popular murder scenes, Psycho is widely regarded as one of the best horror films ever made, and NextGen Gaming is hoping you have some bloody good fun with this game.
Psycho is a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot that puts you right inside the action at Bates Motel. The game's symbols are a mixture of standard slot symbols and those from the film. Symbols include 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, Norman looking through a peephole, a key, an envelope full of money, Marion, the private investigator, a house, and a wild symbol that reads 'wild'.
Feature wise, Psycho contains scatter symbols, free spins, wild symbols, and a gamble feature, which allows you put winnings at risk in order to possibly double or quadruple your winnings. The game also posts a theoretical RTP percentage of 95.6%, which is about average for what we see from an online slot.
The overall presentation with Psycho is fantastic, with the Bates Motel sign flickering and lighting flashing on the screen's background. The game is incredibly entertaining as well, with action seeming to be hitting at any given chance. There are also multiple wilds that seem to come about frequently, and the best are the random wilds that show up when a knife cuts into the reels. I had so much fun playing Psycho that I ended up going and watching the film after the fact. I highly recommend this game to anyone, and is great to play around Halloween.