Our review of Microgaming’s Highlander slot was a positive one since then we invested a bit of time (and money) into the game to see if it deserves the praise and if it matches the same standard as the original Highlander film.
Before we continue we’d like to give you a brief overview about the online slots first. It’s fitted with 243 paylines, 5 reels and pays a non-progressive jackpot of £102,500. Microgaming added 3 in-play bonus modes starting with a re-triggerable free spins feature that awards up to 20 freebies (initially 10 free spins are awarded), two scatter features and there’s a casino bonus game titled the ‘Battle Bonus’ – here players must fight against the Kurgan (another immortal).
In order to defeat him (Kurgan) you must lob off his head to claim all his powers, if you succeed you could win a cool 1 million times the wager you’ve made! A disappointing aspect of the slots is that the epic Queen soundtrack ‘The Princes of the Universe’ does not feature in it. Apparently Queen wasn’t to happy with the idea that their hit song would appear in a slot game.
The same characters that appeared in the film appear as symbols on the reels, they are Connor McLeod, Brends Wyatt (Roxanne Hart), scatters (green eye), swords, wilds (deer) and the Kurgan (Clancy Brown). The symbol that pays the top cash prize is ‘The Prize’, land 5 of them on the reels at the maximum wager you’ll pocket 250 coins. The symbol that pays the top cash prize is the scatter, 5 of them on an active payline at the maximum wager pays £40, which is rather ‘meh’ to be honest. The RTP or average return to player percentage of Highlander is 96.4%. Theoretically for every £100 you wager you’ll get back £96.4.
Armed with a bankroll of £250 we played the slots at a minimum bet of £0.40 per spin, we also set the Auto Play feature to spin the reels 100x for us. A feature about the game that counts in its favour is that it’s quite low in volatility – payouts are often but they tend to be at the bottom rung of the scale.
Seasoned slot players might find the main game a ‘bit dull’ because of the low payouts it offers. To say the least after 20 odd spins the game started to bore us meaning no disrespect towards Microgaming. The crux of the matter is we expected more. To compound matters further we haven’t triggered any of the ‘famed’ bonus features after 100 spins. Our biggest win during the main game was £25 given the size of our average bet per spin (£0.40) it’s not too bad.
We finally triggered the free spins feature after 130 spins, for our trouble we received 10 free spins. The feature is played when 3 or more ‘Free Spins’ logos appear any position across the reels. A striking aspect about the free spins are those random wilds (they boost wins when they pitch) and the free spins can be re-triggered when another 3 free spins logos appear.
Upon conclusion of the 10 free spins we received the payout we got was a very disappointing £1,45! Need we say more? At this stage we just about had enough, it took us ages to trigger the free spins, the straw that broke the camel’s back for us was the payout we received. Suffice to say we wasted a small part of our lives to get that!
In summary. We’ve seen the movie and we’ve played the slots, when it comes to choosing one it’s a no brainer – the film wins hands down. Although the random wilds appear often during the base game and free spins, payouts during the free spins is just downright deplorable. There’s nothing more to be said about the game aside from the fact that we won’t play it again. Does it deserve all the hype it received…nope.