Some time ago we wrote about NetEnt’s upcoming release of Phantom of the Opera asking we’re it disappeared. We might have the answer right here.
It’s been know for some time now that both NetEnt and Microgaming have been working on separate versions of slots based on the musical The Phantom of the Opera. NetEnt seemed to have progressed the furthest for a while as a seemingly complete version of the game has been reviewed by people on Youtube. The release was planned for the summer of 2017 but we have not seen or heard anything about it since. You can read more about their version here.
Instead Microgaming has taken charge and a video of their version was made public a couple of weeks ago. When Microgaming presented the game back in February they did so with the backing of the Really Useful Group who ownes the rights to the musical. So while we’re able to enjoy the original soundtrack on Microgamings version we were left to a sad homemade version on NetEnt’s game. Maybe this tells us something about the whereabouts of NetEnt’s version.
As Microgaming was first to present its game in February, maybe NetEnt had an ambition to beat Microgaming to it by releasing a version of their own only forgetting about the importance of acquiring the rights. It is very likely that Microgaming managed to prevent NetEnt from pulling through with their shenanigans. Its also highly unlikely that the Really Useful Group would allow two competitors claim the rights to the musical.
But honestly, from what we’ve seen and heard about NetEnt’s version it’s not a greater loss. According to our opinion there was nothing really interesting about NetEnt’s version which you can read about here.
Microgaming’s version seems a lot better than NetEnt’s anyway to be honest. It has a damn good intro carried by the original music and the gameplay itself is not bad at all.
The slot has a setup of 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 lines. It’s the 243 liners that’s been somewhat of a speciality of Microgaming’s and they do it very well! They often have a good balance between the gameplay in the base game and the bonus as well as managing to implement some really nice random features with massive potential. That goes for this game too!
Base Game Features
There are 2 random features in the base game. One is the Letter Bonus which is triggered by landing the letter symbol somewhere on reel 5. This gives a cash prize that can pay up to 20x your bet.
The other random feature is a bit more exciting – the Chandelier Bonus. This one is triggered randomly out of nowhere and is a bit like the Wild Desire in Immortal Romance. When this feature activates it can turn 2 to 3 reels into full wild reels.
To trigger the bonus you need to land 3 or more Phantom masks anywhere on the play area. If you do you will get 3 choices:
Music of the Night
This bonus gives you 10 free spins with a Phantom feature for every spin. These features are either 5 randomly positioned wilds, up to 3 wild reels, between 2 and 5 extra spins and a 2x to 4x multiplier.
Masquerade Pick Bonus
This is exactly what it sounds like – a picking bonus with hidden cash prizes. You can also trigger extra picks.
All I Ask of You Free Spins
10 free spins with dancing wilds. The premium symbols turn into wilds and dance above the reels. They then move to adjecent positions on every spin. If the symbols lands on the same position you will get a 3x multipler. If they land on the same reel the whole reel will turn into a wild and if the symbols land next to each other both the reels will turn into wilds. If they land diagonally on adjecent reels the wildsymbols will expand to a 2×2 wild.
This is a medium varience slot with some really entertaining gameplay as well as a massive potential of over 7733 times the bet (with the 4x multiplier). In our opinion this looks like one of the better releases from Microgaming in a while now and we believe we will see a lot of nice wins posted on Youtube.