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Universal Monster: The Phantom’s Curse is a branded slot machine brought to you by NetEnt. Using a 5x4 layout and 40 fixed paylines, the slot is based on The Phantom of the Opera, a classic novel that has been adapted into numerous movies and plays since it was published.
The protagonists of the story, the Phantom without his mask and Christine, along with ruby rings, yellow roses, mirrors and daggers pay high-value prizes. Playing card suits including hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades make up the lower ends of the paytable.
Wild is represented by the mask that replaces all regular symbols to help you complete winning combinations. The symbols that cannot be substituted for are Scatter depicted as the chandelier and Bonus symbols portrayed as the Phantom and Christine with golden frames and the Masked Phantom.
Scatters appear on the reels 1, 3 and 5 only and once you land three of these anywhere on the reels, you will trigger the free spins feature. A number of free games is not determined initially and the feature is played at the reels connected to the chandelier. When the Masked Phantom appears on any of the reels, the reel will be highlighted and a corresponding section of the rope gets cut. The Masked Phantom assumes the role of Wild during free games and turns to stacked sticky symbols for the duration of the feature. Once all five ropes are cut, free games are over.
Land a full stack of unmasked Phantom symbols on the reel 1 and stacked Christine symbols on the reel 5 and you will activate the two-stage Pick and Click game. In the first stage of the game, you will be offered pick from eight roses. You can reveal coin wins or blocker symbols which will take you to the second stage where you have to select from three mirrors awarding a multiplier of up to 3x that will be applied to the coin win you have earned in the stage one. You can win up to 7,200 coins during this bonus round.
Finally, Masked Phantom re-spins can be triggered by landing the 2-position high unmasked Phantom symbols on the reel 1 and stacked Mask Wilds on the reel 5. The triggering symbols remain in their positions acting as Wilds during the re-spin.
The Phantom’s Curse slot pays both ways, left to right and right to left. You need three or more matching symbols on a payline to get paid. The top paying symbol is the Phantom awarding 200 coins for a five of a kind combo. While playing the game, you can win up to 80,000 coins in a single spin.
The Phantom’s Curse is a stunning offering from NetEnt for both its functionality and aesthetics. You may be initially overwhelmed by all the special symbols and the way they work, but once you start playing the game, you will enjoy it fully with all the bonus features adding more excitement to the gameplay. Additional Wilds that can be stacked and turn sticky will boost your winning chances during bonus features offering you multiple opportunities to win.
As for appearance, the game looks great from the moment you load it. You are welcomed by an introductory cartoon-like video and similar videos will play at the beginning of the bonus features. The graphics are top-notch along with smooth animations and a cinematic soundtrack. The slot takes you to the opera house with transparent reels spinning against its interior which looks magnificent.
Thanks to 40 fixed paylines and the both ways pay mechanics, the slot will provide you with regular wins, typical of a medium volatility game. The Phantom’s Curse brags an RTP of 96.57%, so give it a spin or two and see what all the bonus features can do for your bankroll.
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