The Phantom of the Opera slot by Microgaming is based on the 2004 movie with the same title. The recently released slot has symbols depicting characters as they appeared on the screen. We believe that it could go even further because this game would look even better in virtual reality. Plus, it has the gameplay to match the theme and the fascinating looks.
There’s no need to tell that The Phantom of the Opera slot takes us to the Paris Opera House. We get to meet the Phantom himself, Christine, Raoul and other characters from the movie on the reels. All the elements in this slot breathe luxury. As a player, you get to see beyond the red curtain in the background, participate in the masquerade and enjoy the spectacle. So take your seat, the opera is about to begin.
- Wilds, Multipliers and Cash Prizes
- Three bonus rounds
- 96.57% RTP
- Medium Variance
- 243 Ways to Win
- Bet range: 30p – £15
The Phantom of the Opera slot has five reels with three lines each and pays all ways from left to right. This means there are 243 ways to win, which often results in massive maximum wins. This slot is no different as putting all the possible special features together you could win up to £116,000. This tells a lot, especially since the maximum bet is only £15.
The base game has 12 symbols, including wilds and scatters. There’s also a special symbol on the fifth reel. It’s a letter and every time it shows up you’ll get a cash bonus up to 20x your bet. The base game also has a chandelier bonus. A chandelier will drop on the reels and fill up to three of them with stacked wilds. So, as you can see, there’s already much going on from the start.
Three Bonus Features To Choose From
The most exciting part of the opera is when you collect at least three scatter symbols. This will activate the bonus and give a cash prize right away, too. The more scatters you get, the bigger the reward, though three is just as good as five when it comes to the bonus itself. Speaking of which, you’ll get to choose from three special features each time you trigger this bonus.
The first bonus is Music of the Night. You’ll get 10 extra spins with various random features that can trigger simultaneously during any spin. These include a win multiplier up to 4x and up to five additional spins. Wilds are also very frequent during this bonus. Each spin may add up to three stacked wilds or up to five regular wilds in random locations.
The second bonus is Masquerade. It’s a pick-me bonus where you have to pick masks to reveal cash prizes. On top of that, some masks hide additional picks and level ups. When you level up, you go to the next level and get another set of masks. There are three levels in total, each with larger prizes than the previous one. The trick here is to reach the last level with as many picks as possible.
The last bonus is All I Ask of You. It’s also an extra spins bonus, but the features are different. These 10 extra spins feature two dancing wilds – Christine and Raoul. They randomly shift to adjacent positions after each spin and add extra bonuses if the alignment is right. Stopping at the same spot applies a 3x multiplier. If they’re in line on adjacent reels, these reels turn wild. Vertical adjacency turns that single reel into a wild too. Finally, diagonal adjacency creates a 2×2 wild.
The Phantom Of The Opera In VR
We think that The Phantom of the Opera slot would be simply amazing in VR. It wouldn’t feature the characters just as they look in the movies and the video slot, though. Virtual reality doesn’t strive to look like real life – it aims to look like virtual reality. However, creating VR versions of these characters wouldn’t be much more difficult than creating a virtual reality Gonzo, for example.
If that was done, the player in VR could walk the Paris Opera House or maybe even see the secrets below it. They would be able to participate in a masquerade and walk among actual people instead of just choosing floating masks. They could even see Christine and Raoul dancing on stage while spinning the reels at the same time. Don’t forget the opera music that changes throughout the game and the luxury that a player could immerse in. We only hope that Microgaming sees this opportunity as clearly as we do.
The decent winning potential combined with an accurate representation of the theme makes this game really enjoyable. However, we believe that The Phantom of the Opera slot would be even better in virtual reality. Until that happens, we’ve got to enjoy what we have.
Luckily, we have quite a lot. For example, the selection from three different bonuses is a great addition to the gameplay. This way, it expands the already large number of ways to win. Multiple other bonuses add some charm and surprise to the game as well. And you can always feel the presence of the Phantom, especially when he says: ‘Spin, you know you want to!’