NetEnt went and caught our attention again with this musically inspired slot game based on the novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l’Opéra), the graphics design of this game is just spectacular.
The symbols and the backdrop are illustrated in such a way that they give off this gritty feel to the game. The animated mist of the opera house in the background in combination with the music and sounds, make this game feel kind of creepy. However, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, especially for this kind of theme setting.
Features & Paytable
The Phantom’s Curse is a 5-reel and 40 payline online video slot with plenty of bonus features. Be aware that you can win both ways increasing your chances of wins. Being of medium variance, it means more consistent payouts throughout the main game and smaller wins overall can be expected.
The Phantom’s Curse offers a non-progressive jackpot of 200 coins and an average ‘Return to Player Percentage’ (RTP) of 96.5%.
Symbols on the reels include the standard hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds card symbols which have the lowest payout. Hand Mirrors, as well as Daggers, Yellow Roses, Sapphire Rings and the female character from the musical, Christine, are the midsection payouts. The Phantom is the highest value symbol giving you 10 times your stake for 5 across a payline respectively.
There are 3 different types of Stacked Bonus symbols that pitch on reels 1 and 5. They are the masked Phantom, Mask, stacked Phantom, stacked Mask, and the stacked Christine. The stacked Phantom appears only on the first reel, the stacked Christine and stacked Masked symbols, on the other hand, appear only on the last reel. The Phantom is the wild symbol. it completes a winning combo when it substitutes symbols adjacent to it, except the Scatter and Bonus symbols.
The Scatter symbol appears on reels 1, 3 and 5 and it’s responsible for initiating the Free Spins bonus. 3 Chandelier Scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 trigger the Free Spins. During the Free Spins round, the Chandelier hangs by ropes above the reels and each rope relates to a reel.
Every time a Phantom symbol lands on a particular reel, he cuts a section of the rope. When all 5 ropes are cut, the Chandelier falls and the Free Spins round is terminated. When a Masked Phantom symbol lands on a reel and cuts the rope section, all Masked Phantom symbols on that reel will become fully Stacked, remaining stacked for the rest of the Free Spins.
Masked Phantom Re-Spin
This feature is triggered when Stacked Phantom Symbol lands on reel 1 and a Stacked Mask symbol lands on reel 5 adjacently. Symbols that triggered the feature turn into Wilds and remain sticky for 1 complimentary Re-Spin.
Pick & Click
The Pick & Click feature is played when Christine and the Phantom himself appear simultaneously on reel 1. The feature has 2 stages accordingly:
♦ Stage 1: The player has to choose from 8 diverse Roses and gets an instant cash prize.
♦ Stage 2: The player has to choose only 1 out of 3 mirrors to reveal a multiplier of 1x, 2x or 3x at most.
The top payout that can be won here is around 36x your wager.
Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse, having 3 bonus features, stacked plays, sticky symbols, is a game that can draw you in to play more and more. The Jackpot pays a whopping 800x your stake which can be accomplished on a single free spin.
The Stacked Wilds play a critical role in both the Bonus Game and the base play. This slot game by NetEnt shows great promise for the future, but feel free to be the judge of your own case here and try it out for free at some of our top-rated online casinos. Keep an eye out for the Phantom, because you can never be certain what exactly you can expect from him and may fortune serve you well players!