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The Phantom of the Opera
Even since the original novel was written by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera has become one of the most performed stories in the world, with countless stage, television, and film adaptations. For many younger fans, however, it is the 2004 musical film based on the 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webbed musical that is the version that comes to mind when you talk about the tale of the Phantom and Christine.
The Joel Schumacher-directed film is now the basis of The Phantom of the Opera by Microgaming, an upcoming online slot machine from the acclaimed developer. This new version of the classic story is due out later in 2017, and is expected to draw heavily on the beloved movie in order to set the atmosphere that is so critical to telling this story. With plenty of iconic music and great performances to use, this should be a nostalgic slot that appeals to both gamblers and fans of the film and musical alike.
Take the Stage
The Phantom of the Opera video slot is set to be released to online casinos with software by Microgaming sometime late in 2017. The theme, of course, is the film of the same name, and that means players can be sure they’ll be seeing a lot of their favorite characters and music included in the machine. Microgaming is a major software provider with a rich history of working with licensed properties, so we have no doubt they’ll be able to make this one feel authentic to fans of the story without sacrificing gameplay.
Microgaming is also known for ensuring that their latest games are all developed in HTML5. This allows them to release these machines both to desktop users and mobile gamblers at the same time, meaning you’ll be able to play this game on your iPhone or Android device if you like to place your bets on the go. Given the popular license, we’d expect there to be plenty of options for low limit players, and we’re also hoping to see a play for free version for gamblers to test before risking any real cash.
Music of the Night
As with any game that hasn’t been released yet, there aren’t all that many details available for the Phantom of the Opera video slot just yet. However, the press release does give us a few clues. The main characters (as depicted by actors like Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum) are said to play a part of the game, for instance, though that comes as little surprise. We’re not sure about the number of paylines or reels that will be in play just yet, though we wouldn’t expect anything too unusual given the broad appeal of this theme.
When it comes to special features, Microgaming has said that there will be a “healthy mix” of bonus features that players will encounter. These include some base game features that will be triggered at random as well as a “feature-packed free spins round.” Chances are that this is where many of the musical numbers will come into play, thematically weaving their way into the action.
The Final Curtain
We can’t say for sure yet how much this machine will appeal to gamblers who normally play online slots, but there’s no doubt that The Phantom of the Opera will be strongly marketed to non-traditional players who are very invested in the theme. Microgaming appears to be on the right track in terms of bringing all of the beloved elements of the film into play in their game, though we won’t know for sure just how deep the theming goes until we see the final version. Once we get the chance to play this game, we’ll be sure to post a full review for our readers.