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The Phantom of the Opera Slot – Microgaming’s Best Slot Release of the year?

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32Red Casino has recently added the latest blockbuster slot from Microgaming The Phantom of the Opera which is based on the on the 2004 movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”.

Using a regular 5×3 reel layout this slot uses the common 243-way payline structure, with a mix of high paying picture symbols from the film which can also be present in a “2 stack symbol” on the reels and a selection of film-themed low paying symbols.

There are several randomly activated mini-bonus features in the base game and 3 totally different main bonus rounds to trigger, in the base game things such as The Letter Bonus can award random cash prizes and the infamous Chandelier Bonus scene which can crash down and grants up to 3 wild reels.

The main bonus rounds are triggered by landing 3 or more of the Mask scatter symbols which then presents a feature selection screen with 3 different bonus round to choose from, 2 free spins modes and 1 picking round or you can opt for a “Pick for me” option which randomly chooses 1 of the 3 bonuses.

The bonus rounds are all themed around a key scene or musical score from the film with options such as The Masquerade Bonus, Music of the Night and All I Ask of You.

Gameplay and Bonus Features

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The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Base Game
The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Chandelier Bonus
The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Bonus Picking Selection
The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Free Spins
The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Picking Round
The Phantom of the Opera Slot - Big Win
Phantom of the Opera Slot
Paylines243-way
Variance/VolatilityMed
Free SpinsYes
MultipliersYes
Re-Trigger Bonus RoundExtra Spins
Special FeaturesFree Spins
Wild Reels
Multipliers
Extra Free Spins

RTP (Return To Player)96.40%

Phantom of the Opera – Bonus Features

Base Game Features

  • The Letter Bonus – when this symbol lands on reel 5 random cash prize is awarded.
  • The Chandelier Bonus – The chandelier falls onto the screen, turning two or three reels wild.

Main Bonus Rounds

  • The Masquerade Bonus – 3 level picking bonus round with cash prizes, additional picks and a level up symbol to progress to the higher tiers.
  • Music of the Night Free Spins – 10 free spins with random extra features including random wilds, wild reels, multipliers and extra spins.
  • All I Ask of You Free Spins – 10 free spins with “Dancing Wilds” which can produce standard wild,  wild reels, and a 2×2 wild block, and a 3x multiplier.
Phantom of the Opera Slot
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  • Sound / Music
  • Overall Gameplay
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Overall Thoughts

Overall The Phantom of the Opera Slot is a decent release from Microgaming, they have captured the essence of the musical and film adaption faithfully into an online slot.

With a good mixture of bonus rounds on offer with some interesting new mechanics and a couple of base game features the gameplay remains interesting.

The major downside we did find from our playtests is that the win potential seems a little less than the classic 243-way slots from Microgaming such as T2, Immortal Romance and Playboy, but there is definitely some potential in our favourite free spins bonus round “Music of the Night” were multiple extra modifiers can be added during the spins.

Overall a very solid release from Microgaming but long term the paytable and bonus rounds may be lacking for those epic big wins.

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