Announced a few months ago and hotly anticipated by musical theatre fans everywhere, Microgaming’s new The Phantom of the Opera slot dropped this week to instant popularity. Based on the 2004 film (which itself was an adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name), The Phantom of the Opera slot draws inspiration not only from the themes and images of its subject matter, but also the music.
For those who love a slot with a proper and moving musical score, this slot isn’t going to disappoint. That said, those who love great gameplay and innovative features don’t have anything to complain about either.
About The Phantom Of The Opera
If you’re even slightly aware of the existence of The Phantom of the Opera film or musical, you’ll instantly recognise some of its most iconic characters, as well as the famous music, which is featured throughout the game. While the high paying symbols on this 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot are all characters from the story, the lower paying symbols inventively use props and symbols from the film as well.
Within the base game of this feature rich there are two different bonus features. The Letter Bonus pays homage to the notes, which The Phantom sends to the owners of the opera — when the bonus symbol lands on reel 5, it awards big cash prizes. The Chandelier Bonus relates to the scene in which The Phantom causes a chandelier to fall from the ceiling and in this feature, it turns two or three reels wild.
On top of the two bonus features in the base game, there are bonus or mini games which are triggered when three or more scatter symbols appear on the reels. You’ll actually get to take your pick between the three bonus games – Masquerade Bonus, Music of the Night and All I Ask of You – or you can get the game to choose for you. Each of the bonus rounds relates to a song from the score as well.
The Masquerade bonus is all about levelling up. You take your pick from the options on the screen, either to be awarded with cash prizes, a move up to the next level or more picks. The higher the level, the higher the prize, and the round only ends when you reach the end of your picks. Music of the Night is an extra spins round, where players enjoy 10 extra spins with enhanced features. All I Ask of You also awards 10 extra spins, but this time with Dancing Wilds, which move randomly in time to the music.
A Little Late To The Party?
You might think that developing a slot based on a film that was released in 2004 might make this game a little late to the party, but there’s definitely a strong precedent for developers releasing film themed slots long after the movie release. The 2011 film Bridesmaids didn’t get its own slot until 2016 and The Dark Night also had to wait the best part of five years. However, none of that even comes close to The Planet of the Apes – a film franchise that had to wait almost 50 years before NetEnt released the first themed slot this year.
You can find The Phantom of the Opera slot live at all good Microgaming Casinos now.