Michelangelo Slot Machine
What does online gambling and Renaissance have in common?
The answer is Michelangelo! One of the greatest artists to have ever lived has got an homage from probably the unlikeliest of sources and High5 Games software developing team has dedicated their 99 paylines slot to the renowned painter, sculptor, architect and poet.
The slot features the artist's sculptures David, Michelangelo's probably most widely known work, the statue of Moses and a female sculpture that does not really ring any bells. Apart from the highest paying letter M and the three above mentioned icons, other symbols include A, K and Q.
The lines in Michelangelo are adjustable and the player can play on a single line or increase the number to 10, 25, 50 or 99. The minimum bet is therefore $0.01 while the maximum that can be wagered on a single spin is $990. Auto Play option is available and to start continuous spins, the player will need to click and hold the main Spin button and then select the number of auto rounds, starting with at least 5.
Once the reels are set into motion, they will start cascading; in other words, the symbols will not simply spin, they will fall down in a cascading manner and when the winning combination is formed, all icons that form the valid paying combinations will explode and the upper symbols will cascade down onto their places.
This type of reels is extremely popular, not only because it changes the dynamics of the game, but also due to the fact that it increases a chance of a new payable combination being formed.
Expected return to player percentage is only 94.9%, which, just as Michelangelo's progressive view of art once did, will definitely raise a few eyebrows.
Bonus rounds and special features
The Free Spins in Michelangelo will be triggered by Free Games bonus icon that can only land on reels 1, 2 and 3. Up to 4 extra spins can be awarded for the triggering combination on a single line. If it should happen that Free Games Bonus icons form valid combinations on other lines at the same time, all the Free Spins will be added together.
During both base and Free Spins mode, a formed winning combination will activate the above mentioned Tumbling Reels feature, eliminating the symbols from the winning string and making room for the icons above. The tumbling will continue for as long as the new winning strings are being formed on the reels.
An interesting thing about Michelangelo slot is that the game has two Wild icons that appear on two different set of reels and can replace all other symbols. Wild with the Red Ruby will only land on reels 1, 2 or 3 during the bonus rounds, while the base game Wild lands on reels 2, 3 and 4 and cannot replace the Scatter Free Games icon.
Strong and weak points of Michelangelo slot
Although different lines can potentially trigger Free Spins bonus at the same time, the feature is not re-triggerable which is pretty disappointing.
Another downer is a low RTP and pretty unimaginative design. It almost seems that the game was left unfinished half way through the project and that the developer was not really feeling inspired.
Considering the magnitude of Michelangelo, the creative team from High5 Games could have made a more solid effort; the slot with the name as magnificent as this is anything but, starting from the blunt graphics and symbols and all the way to the modest bonus features. Needless to say that the low return to player percentage offers no consolation.
If you live in the U.S or Canada, you will not find this game (or any others made by IGT) online for cash play, but you will find very similar games at the best online casinos. You can see a list of top online casinos using the navigation at the top of this page.