NetEnt is well known for creating new slot machine games based on pop culture. One of them was the January 2018 release of Universal Monsters: The Phantom Curse. Based on the classic Phantom of the Opera movie and Broadway musical, the game promises fans of either an exciting experience they won’t soon forget.
Impressive Graphics and Sound Effects
When players first launch the game at their favourite online casino they will see an opening video that sets the mood perfectly. The old fashioned black and white movie quality video is a nod to the original Phantom film.
The backdrop depicts a darkened theater and the reels are left to players’ imaginations, as they are never visible during gameplay. Symbols seen on the invisible reels include yellow flowers, blue hand mirrors, and a depiction of a golden chandelier as the scatter symbol. The two main characters in Phantom of the Opera also double as game symbols, with the phantom himself donning a mask and acting as the wild symbol in the game.
On the first and final reels on the game screen are stacked bonus symbols The Phantom and Christine, as well as a mask serve as the three symbols that can be stacked during regular gameplay. Players will notice that The Phantom and Christine appear respectively, on the first and last reels on the screen when they are stacked.
There are three bonus features in the game. They are free spins, the masked phantom re-spin and the pick-and-click-bonus. Players can get free spins as long as they get the scatter symbol in the position of the first, third and fifth reels all in one spin. While the free spins are being played, ropes are hanging to the side of the reels. There is one rope for each reel and a hanging chandelier off to the side. Any time the masked phantom symbol lands on a reel, the rope attached to it is cut and a chandelier falls to the floor. The free spins bonus round continues until all of the chandeliers are knocked down.
The masked phantom also comes into play for the re-spin feature. When the masked phantom becomes a stacked wild on the first and fifth reels after one spin a re-spin is triggered. This includes any bonus stacked symbols as well. Both bonus and phantom symbols become sticky wilds during a re-spin.
Last but not least, the pick-and-click bonus is the highlight of the game for many players. To trigger this bonus, players must get a row of stacked phantoms on the first reel and a row of stacked Christine’s on the fifth reel at the same time. This two stage bonus game begins with players being presented with a screen of eight roses. They click on roses and collect coins until they click on the blocker symbol. They then progress to stage two of the bonus, where they are presented with three mirrors, each of which represents a multiplier. The multiplier they choose is then used to adjust the amount of money players won from the first stage of the bonus.
This visually impressive 3D video slot machine brings the story of the Phantom of the Opera to life. It is a real treat for anyone who enjoys the highest quality slots, something Net Ent has perfected the art of.