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Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse Slot Review

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Overall impression

Graphics - 44%
Gameplay - 75%
Bonuses - 96%
Value - 53%
67%
Game Information
Name: Universal Monsters: The Phantom's Curse
Software: NetEnt
Game Type: Video slot
Paylines: 40
Progressive: No
reels: 5
Whats hot: Whats not so hot:
Contains 3 bonus games Might crash and burn
Free spins with sticky wilds
Medium volatility
Eye-popping visual animations with quality audio
Sizeable jackpot (800x your stake)

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Net Entertainment’s Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse is a 40 payline, 5 reel video slots that will be released in the New Year (2018) at all our leading UK and Maltese licensed online casinos. From the onset we deem it a multi-dimensional banquet of bonus modes, it’s a win both ways technology slots and the audio track is just as slick.

It’s fitted with a Masked Phantom Re-spin feature where the Stacked Masked and Stacked Phantom symbols stick to the reels for 1 re-spin. The king of the bonus modes is the free spins where the Phantom acts as the wild,  an impressive 800x your stake can be won on a single spin. From what we’ve seen it all comes together smoothly into a binge-able, neat, high-quality package.

Bets can be placed at 20 pence per spin up to £200 on mobile phones, tablets or PC desktops at our Online NetEnt Casinos. The Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse offers a non-progressive jackpot of 200 coins and an average return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.5% or an edge to the house of 3.5%. For every £100 wagered the slots pays back £96.5.

The game is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s renowned musical ‘Phantom of the Opera’ which is set inside a theatre. Paying symbols across the reels are clubs, spades, diamonds, hearts, daggers, hand mirrors, sapphire rings, yellow roses, the Phantom and Christine (the Phantom’s beau). The symbol that pays the top cash prize is the Phantom, 5 of them on an active line at the maximum bet pays 36x your bet.

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Game Play

Because it’s a medium variance slots you’ll need a budget of at least £250 (just to be safe) to unlock its goodies. Also, an average bet of between £1 up to £2 won’t hurt. Players who plan on playing for long sessions must use the Auto Play it spins the reels for you for a number of times automatically. Although base game wins are above par the action is reserved for the bonus games.

 

Bonus Modes

Wild

The stacked bonus symbols that pitch on reels 1 and 5 are the masked Phantom, stacked Phantom, stacked mask, mask and the stacked Christine.

The stacked Phantom pitches only on the first reel, the stacked Christine and stacked Masked symbols on the other hand appear only on the fifth reel.

The Phantom is the wild symbol it completes a winning combo when it substitutes symbols adjacent to it bar the scatter (chandelier). The scatter appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 and it’s responsible for initiating the free spins bonus.

Pick and Click

The Pick and Click feature is played when the stacked Christine and stacked Phantom icons appear simultaneously on reel 1. It contains two stages: The first stage gives you a pick of 8 roses which awards cash prizes for every pick. The second stage gives you a pick between 3 mirrors with multipliers of 3x-wins from the first stage are combined. The top payout that can be won here is around 36x your wager.

Masked Phantom Re-spin

The bonus game is triggered when the stacked Masked symbol and the stacked Phantom appear on reels 1 and 5. Each stacked symbol transforms into a wild which sticks to the reels offering 1 re-spin in return.

Free Spins

”The free spins are weirdly interesting because a unlimited spins can be won until the Phantom cuts all the ropes from the chandelier. He does this whenever he shows up on screen as a wild.”

The free spins feature is the last and most lucrative in-play bonus mode of the lot, it’s initiated when the Chandelier scatters pitch on reels 1, 3 and 5. A new screen opens up with a chandelier being hoisted to the top.

The Phantom symbol appears during the free spins which slashes a rope attached to the chandelier, once all 5 ropes are slashed the chandelier falls to the ground ending the free spins feature. During the free spins the Phantom acts as the wild while the Masked Phantom transform into stacked wilds-the stacked wilds boost payouts during the feature.

 

Verdict

Fitted with 3 bonus features it remains to be seen whether Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse will live up to all the hype. Jackpot wise it pays a neat 800x your stake which can be accomplished on a single free spin.

The stacked wilds play a prominent role during both bonus games too. It’s nice to see that NetEnt invested a chunk of cash in the slots; it’s taking chances by funding original and unusual things when most online slots developers are afraid to venture into.

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