At the tail end of 2017, Microgaming released the latest in its branded title series, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ online slot, delivering innovative features and a game decked out with top-draw gameplay features, accompanied by the timeless musical score by iconic English composer and theatre impresario, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The Phantom of the Opera’ online slot is based on the successful film adaptation of the stage musical released in 2004 that grossed over $154 million worldwide. Based on Gaston LeRoux’s novel, the film stars a singing Gerard Butler (yes, it’s true, a singing Gerard Butler) as ‘the Ghost’, Emily Rossum as ‘Christine’ and Patrick Wilson as ‘Raoul’. The plot follows the life of Christine, a talented opera singer who becomes a student and obsession of the Ghost, a mutilated, yet disturbing musical genius who has lived his life hidden away in the crypt of an opera house.
Microgaming have made an online slot that faithfully brings back to the life this romantic tragedy for fans of the hit musical worldwide. Re-immerse yourself in the spooky atmosphere of the opera house and ‘let your fantasies unwind, in the darkness you cannot fight, the darkness of the music of the night’. Meet all the heroes of the story and win the main prize from the Ghost.
Gameplay and Symbols
The Phantom of the Opera is a 5-reel, 40 paylines, 243 ways-to-win slot. As one tends to expect these days from a Microgaming ‘branded title’, the game itself perfectly depicts the award-winning film and has a dark and sinister vibe to it. Set inside the moody Opera house (which almost feels like a character itself), symbols on the reels include Phantom Masks, letters, roses, binoculars, poison, scrolls, Don Juan and all the film’s major characters including the Ghost himself, Christine and Raoul.
The wild symbol is the masked Phantom symbol. It completes a winning combination when it substitutes all the other symbols excluding the scatter (the Chandelier symbol). Naturally, as one would expect, the soundtrack is simply superb with the original score setting the mood. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber would not have signed over the rights to Microgaming without insisting on the use of that superb soundtrack throughout the online slot.
Bonuses and Features
Masked Phantom Re-spin
This feature is activated when stacked Phantom symbols land on the first reel and a stacked Mask symbol lands on the final and fifth reel. Those symbols then turn into Wilds and remain ‘frozen’ for 1 free re-Spin.
Three scattered Chandelier Symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 activate the Free Spins feature. There’s no set number of free spins you can receive at the start of the round. Alternatively, the Chandelier symbol is connected to all each reel by a single rope.
Every time you spin a Phantom symbol onto the screen, it will then cut a rope that is attached to that reel, bringing the Chandelier closer to a fall. Free spins are on offer until all 5 ropes are cut, which means that your free spins can keep going on for quite some time as long as you are not spinning the Phantom symbol on an intact reel. If you spin a Phantom symbol, not only will it cut the rope, but in turn it will also turn into a wild for that particular spin.
Pick and Click Feature
The Pick and Click bonus game, features the two main characters, The Phantom and Christine. Players need to land 2 Phantom Symbols on Reel 1, and 2 Christine Symbols on Reel 5. Players need to pick out of 8 roses, until they reveal an X symbol to win cash prizes OR Moving on, the player is taken on to stage two, picking one out of 3 mirrors, thereby revealing multipliers of 1x, 2x or 3x.
Knowing Microgaming, it won’t come as any surprise that this game is mobile friendly. The browser-based design ensures compatibility with all major mobile devices, including both iOS and Android products.
‘Phantom of the Opera’ rewards players with its superb play action. Its visuals run smoothly and stylishly and elegantly capture the haunting essence of the film and onstage musical. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ offers the usual high standard of playability on mobile devices that almost goes without saying for a Microgaming product. Microgaming simply don’t release the games until they are ‘just right’.
What the Developers Think
David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming has said of the new game; “The Phantom of the Opera” is a mesmeric game, combining a new game mechanic with visually stunning artwork and a musical score that is legendary.
“There has been much hype about the slot since we unveiled our plans at ICE in February and I’m delighted that the stage is now set and it is ready to launch with our vast operator base. Our incredibly talented game studio has truly realised the brand.
“Working with The Really Useful Group to bring this game to market has been a pleasure; we are excited to see how the game performs in the coming months.”
Our final verdict
‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is a stunning looking online slot that offers over 7,733 different ways to win and a better than average return-to-player percentage of 96.57%. The graphics faithfully bring to life the haunting tale of the Ghost as the iconic musical raconteur and this slot is 100% desktop and mobile device friendly.
Whilst the dark and moody gameplay might not suit all tastes, for any fans who loved the stage musical, film and soundtrack, then ‘Phantom of the Opera’ is an absolute must. Never heard of it? Well, maybe its high time you did! The music alone is worth a first listen if you’ve never heard Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces before. Enjoy The Phantom’s, ‘Music of the Night’ today at all Microgaming Online Casinos worldwide (Including Spin Palace, Ruby Fortune, Betway, Royal Vegas and Jackpot City).