In February 2017, at the ICE Totally Gaming which took place at London’s ExCeL centre, the renowned online casino game developer Microgaming announced that it will created a slot entitled The Phantom of the Opera, based on the 2004 film of the same name. Microgaming signed an agreement with Really Useful Group to develop the game.
When the news of the agreement were published, one of Microgaming’s representatives stated that the film itself was very successful and that everybody at the company is extremely thrilled to work on a game based on a musical. Then it was announced that the game will be released towards the end of the year. The game was finally released in October and it quickly became very popular.
As you would expect from a game based on a musical, the sound effects are really important and you will definitely enjoy the high-quality music and the additional sounds which are completely in accordance with the atmosphere. The reels are set on a scene, and you’ll almost film like you’re at the theatre.
The outline is rather standard, there are 5 reels and 3 rows, but there are no visual borders between symbols on the same reel. Some of the symbols may assume two positions on the reel. The player can shorten the reel-spinning time by clicking ‘stop’ any time after they’ve hit ‘spin’. In addition, with the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons you can adjust the wagering level and decide how much you wish to spend on each spin.
Even though the layout is standard, the set of paylines includes 243 ways to win and you can bet as little as 30p and up to a maximum of £15. You can adjust the stake directly on the main screen by using the appropriate buttons, or you may go to settings and set the amount by choosing a different number of coins and different coin value.
The symbols are divided into theme objects and characters from the film itself. The objects are of lower value and we have a rose, a perfume, binoculars, music score and a monkey. The high-value symbols are Carlotta played by Minnie Driver, Andre and Firmin, Raoul, Christine and The Phantom who was played by Gerard Butler. All character symbols can take up to two positions on one reel.
You need to get a combination of at least 3 symbols for a payment, and while you can expect such a combination to land frequently, you should know that the payouts aren’t too high, namely, any combination of 3 symbols, even three Phantoms won’t result in a win that is at least the amount of your original stake. For example, if you wager £3, you will win £2.50 with a combo of three Phantoms. The situation changes if a fourth symbol is added to the combo, in which case you can expect payouts higher than your wager. If you get 4 Phantoms across a payline you will get three times as much as your original stake. If the winning combination is consisted of 5 symbols you will get as much as you have wagered for five binoculars, and a total amount 8 times your wager if you score 5 Phantoms.
This game also features a wild and a scatter symbol. The wild is a card with the title ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ written over it and it can substitute any symbol except for the letter symbol and the scatter. If you winning combo is consisted of 5 wilds, you will get a payout 10 times your original wager. The scatter is a mask and 3 or more scatters activate the bonus. If you get a combination of at least two scatters you will get an amount equal to your wager, 3 scatters will pay twice the wagered amount, 4 pay 10 times the wager, whereas five scatters pay as much as 10 times the original stake. The letter symbol can appear only on the fifth reel during the base game and it activates the letter bonus. There are additional bonus symbols within the bonus games.
The RTP of The Phantom of the Opera exceeds 96.50%, it is 96.57% to be more precise which is a fairly good rate, and you can expect frequent lower valued wins, which means that this game has a low volatility.
The Letter Bonus is activated whenever the letter symbol appears on the fifth reel. This bonus gives you a random cash prize which can be up to 20 times your original wager.
The Chandelier Bonus is a random bonus, and during it 2 or 3 reels will change into wild symbols and that can result in some hefty winnings.
If you get 3 or more scatters, the bonus game will be activated. This is known as The Phantom of the Opera Bonus. Here you can choose between three bonus prizes. The first option awards up to 10 free spins, during which there will be randomly activated features. For example, up to 5 wilds can appear on different positions, you may get up to 5 additional free spins, and your winnings can grow up to 4 times.
The second poster will take you to a prize round which features 3 levels, you will get masked symbols and you will get a chance to collect prizes by selecting particular masked symbols. This game is known as Masquerade and during it you can win a hefty prize if you manage to activate one of the rich masks.
Next is the All I Ask of You poster which will award you 10 free spins and the reels will change their colours during this feature. There are multiple possible prizes, depending on the combinations that appear during the bonus game.
There aren’t many slot games based on musicals and that’s the first reason why this game is a breath of fresh air. You will definitely enjoy the music and the romance, and you will get a chance of winning some hefty prizes, especially if you activate one of the bonus games. It is a playable, exciting and a rewarding game.
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