Universal Monsters™: The Phantom’s Curse Slot

NetEnt eventually launched Universal Monsters™: The Phantom's Curse six months after it had planned. Rumours of legal wranglings clouded the release, providing almost as much intrigue as Gaston Leroux’s original novel and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s subsequent musical smash. But who better to lead us into this particular arena of intrigue than NetEnt? And it was worth the wait.

About Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse

Acting very much like the Phantom, NetEnt whisks us to an ornate opera house for the game’s setting. Rows of empty seats sit before us. Smoke floats its ghostly way through the  auditorium. A twinkling soundtrack that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hitchcock movie accompanies our gameplay. It’s all very mysterious. Though with four rows, stacked symbols and a Pays Both Ways pay system it’s also all very alluring.

The symbols in question start from low-paying card suits and move up through the gears as props from the story. A Dagger, Mirror, Rose and Ring form our medium-paying symbols, while Christine and the Phantom take centre stage as our top-payers. NetEnt includes its trademark level of nifty game design to ensure gameplay is smooth, seamless and entertaining to the max.

Bonus Features

Landing Stacked Phantom, Mask or Christine symbols on reels 1 and 5  triggers the Masked Phantom Respin feature. Those triggering symbols on reels 1 and 5 stay in situ as Sticky Wilds, creating winning combos for any other symbols or Wilds that span the reels on the following respin.

But landing a Stacked Phantom on reel 1 and a Stacked Christine on reel 5 triggers an altogether different kind of feature – the Pick and Click bonus game. Now, we have a screen full of Roses, behind each of which sit coin wins and blocker symbols. Pick a coin win to win that amount. Pick a blocker symbol and we advance to the next stage, prematurely. Now we have a chance to multiply our accumulated coin wins from stage one by picking a Mirror. A multiplier awaits behind each mirror, so choose wisely.

Slot Information
  • SoftwareNetEnt
  • Play on Mobile?
  • Released2018
  • Reels5
  • Paylines40
  • Coins Range,20 to 200
  • Jackpot80 000
  • Bonus Rounds
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The Slot Professor’s Summary

NetEnt uses neat artwork and excellent game design to deliver a Phantom of the Opera themed game that does justice to its original source. The soundtrack is as fittingly epic as the gameplay (while we don’t have to worry about the characters breaking into song). The themes of the original novel and subsequent musical are honoured, all while NetEnt delivers exciting gameplay amid a Pays Both Ways system and the promise of numerous bonus features.

And on this last, NetEnt has scored results. The Swedish slots studio has earned a name for itself in its provision of games with base game bonus features that accompany and amplify the game’s dedicated bonus rounds. The Masked Phantom Respin does just that, though the Free Spins feature and the Pick and Click feature are the features for which every slots fan who loads this game will be on the hunt.

 

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