One of Microgaming’s biggest releases of 2017 appears to be Phantom of the Opera, a slot machine for which they signed a licensing agreement and which is based on the 2004 film, rather than the 1968 musical.
5 reels are going to be populated with a fixed number of ways to win, 243 of them since each column has 3 symbols. You will be able to experience a lot of very interesting features, such as wilds, multipliers, free games, bonus games and even random features.
Betting and Prizes
The game gives you the option to use a full betting range of $0.30 to $15. It pretends that it uses 30 lines, so that the betting is smoother, but it actually relies on ways to win for its combinations. The bet that you place on one line will vary between $0.01 and $0.50, which explains the total betting range. The number of bet lines is fixed.
You can’t expect for a huge payout to come your way just from regular combinations, especially since the wagers don’t have high margins. On the other hand, you can rely on multipliers and on a variety of other features to make the game’s RTP a good reason for you to try out the slot.
There are several symbols inside Phantom of the Opera that will appear stacked, but covering only two positions on the reels, out of the three available. One of these symbols is actually the wild feature. You can expect the wild to do its job fairly often, particularly in a game where symbols don’t have to appear on fixed positions, just on the right columns. Don’t rely on wilds to substitute for Letter or Phantom Mask icons though, as those are both scatters.
The game doesn’t rely only on special symbols to bring its features to life. It also triggers them at random, as it is the case with the Chandelier Bonus. If this feature does trigger for you, then you will find that the Chandelier of the Opera House will fall on the reels and will turn 2 or 3 into wild reels.
A simple feature, but coming via a scatter symbol, is the one offered by the Letter when it shows up on reel 5. The simple feature that results from this will get you a cash reward of up to 20x the bet.
One of the more interesting parts of the game will come via the Phantom Mask, a scatter that’s going to give you one of three potential features when it is in three positions or more. The choice is yours, to make between the free spins and bonus games that are available this way.
The bonus game is called Masquerade Pick and it gives you picks to make, as you pass through three levels. Winning additional picks is possible as well.
All I Ask of You is the name of one of the free spins features, with 10 rounds to give you and with Dancing Wilds acting as the extra features. 3x multipliers and 2x2 wilds are available inside.
Music of the Night also gives you free spins, and it’s still 10 rounds. The features are different though, giving you something random each round. You can get 2x to 4x multipliers, 2 to 5 additional free games, a maximum of 3 wild reels or up to 5 random wilds.
Theme & Design
I’m not crazy about the look of the game, but that’s natural since it’s inspired by an actual film from 2004 and it uses photos of the actors in several positions. It’s also going to have different objects from the film, such as masks, binoculars or red roses, among others.
The graphics will not be terribly impressive, but the features should give you all the reasons you could want to play this Microgaming slot machine.