Welcome to NetEnt’s spectacular Phantom of the Opera 3D slots not only did the vendor jazz it up with impeccable visual animations but with a series of bonus modes that’s bankroll friendly, or so we thought…
We played the game with a budget of £50 just to see if it lived up to our high expectations. The audio of the video slot is spooky further augmented by a haunting soundtrack. (https://casinowhizz.com/slots/phantom-opera-slot-review-netent/)
Phantom of the Opera contains three in-play bonus modes starting with a Re-spin, Free Spins and Pick and Click features. The RTP (return to player percentage) of the slots is 96.57%. Against the backdrop of the reels is the Opera House with 40 paylines it pays from left to right and vice versa.
Symbols on the reels are the Phantom, Christine, ring, yellow rose, encrusted pearl, dagger, substituting wilds and lower value card symbols. The symbol that pays the top cash prize is the Phantom, 5 of them pays 200 coins at the maximum wager of £200 per spin. The symbol that pays the next biggest payout is Christine, hit 5 of them across the reels and you’ll score a neat payout of 100 coins.
”Another max. 400x win, low variance drivel that behaves prolonged periods like a super HV game (due to the stacked symbols).”
There are 5 symbols that are important, they are the Mask, Stacked Mask, Masked Phantom, Stacked Phantom and the Stacked Christine-they act as stacked wilds. They appear during the main game and free spins feature, do keep an eye out for them. When a double stacked Phantom symbol appears on reel 1 and a double stacked mask appears on reel 5 a re-spin is awarded-the rest of the reels will spin while they remain glued to the reels.
The free spins mode is played when 3 scatters appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 respectively. During the free spins the a chandelier hangs by a rope, every time the Masked Phantom wild pitches it cuts a section of the rope that’s attached to the chandelier. Now, when the 5 ropes holding the chandelier are cut, it falls to the ground and the free spins feature ends.
Armed with a bankroll of £50 our average bet per spin was £0.20, because it is a medium variance slots we felt this bet size gave us a decent crack at unlocking its bonus features. Base game wins were relatively small the biggest payout we got was around 20x our stake (£2) when hit a couple of Phantom wilds on the left reels which triggered the wilds re-spins feature. Note that the wilds all play together (Phantom and Christine) by substituting for each other. Only play this slots when you receive a free spins bonus.
After around 50 odd spins we triggered the free spins feature when two Phantoms appeared with a stacked masked and 3 encrusted pearls. A new screens opens up with the chandelier being hoisted to the top. You’ll also see Christine remove the mask of the Phantom of the Opera. The free spins didn’t start as well as we hoped; 2 phantoms appeared on our very first spins slashing two ropes of the chandelier! Keep in mind when the wild phantom picthes as a stacked symbol that is when 3 or more of them appear on the same reel the ropes aren’t slashed. The free spins feature only lasted 8 spins and we managed to notch up a win of 17x or 340 coins-dreadful!
At this stage of the game we weren’t too impressed: base game wins were below par and wins during the free spins feature were dismal. However, like the soldiers we are we pressed on…It’s possible to get a payout of 400x when you hit a screen full of Phantom wilds. We managed to trigger the Masked Phantom Re-spins feature; when you get 2 of them on reel 1 and two on reel 5. We finally managed to triggered the last remaining bonus feature the ‘Pick Me’ game.
The feature is played when you get two Christine’s on the last reel and two Phantoms on the first reel. You’ll see Christine opening a door and sits down in front of a mirror looking rather glum-just like us due to the poor payouts we received so far.
A new screen opens up: ”Congratulations Pick and Click Won”. You’ll see a bunch of roses on your screen the total cash prize that can be won here is 720 coins or 50x. We clicked on all the roses not that we had much of a choice. Three mirrors will be left we picked the first mirror, lo and behold we won 30x (£6).
In summary. Suffice to say we expected more from Phantom of the Opera and slightly disappointed in NetEnt taking a stab at players with this one. Once you’re down 50x to 100x your stake it’s an uphill battle to try and recoup your losses.
The graphics, sounds and the mechanics are great but the payouts are below par especially during the base game. Will we stick a pin in it, nope! We think Microgaming’s version of Phantom of the Opera will be oodles better.
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