A review of the blockbuster films that Microgaming developed into slot games

A review of the blockbuster films that Microgaming developed into slot games

A good film can influence our culture for many years. It can also spawn a number of spin offs including slot games of the movie.

So popular are films within society that a good film can be the perfect inspiration for a slot game and often, it is not the most obvious films that will see a fabulous slot game develop from it.

Microgaming have become masters at developing slot games from films over the years and have produced a number of cracking film-tie in slots for players to enjoy over the years. In this review, we will take a look at some of the very best examples that are still available to be played today and look at some of the key aspects and bonuses each slot offers.

We'll begin with a slot that is a great example of a game that is inspired by a movie that doesn't really fit the mold for a slot blockbuster, but which has been a smash hit slot success since its release and that is the brilliant Bridesmaids slot.

Bridesmaids

  • Reel - 5x4
  • Lines - 40
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.40 to 60.00
  • Jackpot - 8,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

This slot is based on the smash hit 2011 film of the same name directed by Paul Feig which told the crazy story of a group of bridesmaids preparing for a wedding of their friend. The movie was one of the surprise successes of 2011, proving a huge hit with cinema-goers and the slot version was released a few years later.

What is immediately apparent with the Bridesmaids slot is that it is a large-scale game. It is packed with bonus features and these are all triggered from activating the Wheel Bonus feature when you land three of the Cupcake Scatters across the reels. When you do, you can trigger a number of different bonuses, as well as cash prizes, many of which can offer you a massive return on your spin.

This is a medium variance game that is most definitely suited to the more experienced slot gamer given the high number of bonus features.

Halloween

  • Reel - 5 reels (some 4 high, some 3 using Wandering Reels)
  • Lines - 50
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.50 to 200
  • Jackpot - 100,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

This slot may have been many years in the making after the release of John Carpenter's seminal film, but the Halloween slot didn't disappoint on its release back in 2017. Microgaming added a new Wandering Reels concept which saw expanded reels of 4 symbols move across the reels and can produce mega-sized symbols of the higher paying character icons on the reels which all help players stand a better chance of a big win.

However, be warned, Halloween is a slot that has a bit of a bite. It is a medium to higher variance game that means that wins tend to be less frequent, but that when you do land a win, it tends to be of greater value.

The best feature and the one that produces the biggest wins is the Trick or Treat Wheel Bonus, where 3 of these symbols across the reels triggers 9 Free Spins or the Boogeyman bonus where you descend the stairs hoping to pick up cash prizes and avoid Michael's deadly blade.

Hellboy

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 20
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.20 to 50.00
  • Jackpot - 10,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Based on the films starring Ron Perlman in the title role, as well as the Dark Horse comic book series, Hellboy is not your typical ante-hero, sporing red skin, horns and a right arm made of stone (the Right Hand of Doom) and Microgaming have captured perfectly the comic book element to this hero in this beautifully designed slot.

The game has a couple of great bonus features including the Underworld Bonus feature where you get to travel through up to four different tunnels to win cash prizes and claim the Relic of Power, that is if you can navigate without finding a blocked tunnel (which ends the bonus round).

The other bonus is the Supermode feature which is triggered entirely at random and rewards you with 10 free spins with three Sticky Wilds on the reels for the duration of your Free Spins.

Highlander

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.40 to 30.00
  • Jackpot - 1,500
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Based on the smash hit film of the 1980s starring Christoph Lambert in the title role, Highlander was another slot that took its time to materialise after the release of the film, but Microgaming have produced another outstanding slot right here.

Many aspects of the film are captured beautifully on the slot which switches between the Highlands of Scotland to New York, depending on what aspect of the slot you are playing. The Quickening Wilds feature can occur on any spin and turn any position Wild and this bonus grows the more it is triggered.

Two Scatters landed also see them turn into Wilds, while land three or more and you trigger 10 Free Spins, with the action now changing to New York City and with the Quickening Wilds bonus now available on every one of your Free Spins.

Jurassic Park

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.30 to 15.00
  • Jackpot - 1,500
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Based on the classic Steven Spielberg film, the Jurassic Park slot was one of the most technologically advanced games when it was first released, becoming the first slot to include parallax scrolling effects which gave the game a feeling of constant movement through the dinosaur infested park.

The randomly triggered T-Rex mode keeps players on their heels in the base game and it lasts for six spins with 35 additional Wilds added to the reels for the duration of the bonus, which can result in some sizeable base game wins.

However, it is the five different Free Spins bonus games, each named after a dinosaur inhabitant of Jurassic Park, that are the most pleasing aspect of the slot. You play through each of the games in turn until you have triggered the feature 25 times or more, after which you can select which one of them you want to play.

Jurassic World

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.30 to 7.20
  • Jackpot - 3,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

The follow up to the Jurassic Park slot was also based on the 2015 of the franchise. The film Jurassic World, as a new interactive theme park, where of course, things start to go wrong when the team genetically enhance a dinosaur who proved to be more clever than they originally intended or expected.

Like the original slot, Jurassic World boasts a number of features including the randomly triggered Indomus feature which can award you cash prizes of up to 1,000 times your total stake. You can also play through three exciting Free Spins bonus rounds in the Gyrosphere Valley, Creation Lab and Raptor Den.

Each of the Free Spins features comes with its own bonuses too, including the chance of extra free spins, Cryo Wilds and multiplier bonuses. This is a medium variance slot which offers players the chance of some Jurassic-sized pay-outs.

Tarzan

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 40
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.40 to 40.00
  • Jackpot - 1,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Although Microgaming acquired the rights to Tarzan film from the estate of writer Edgar Rice Burrough, the styling of the slot is clearly based on the Disney film of the title character. The graphics on the Tarzan slot are absolutely superb, with crystal clear animations and graphics, good enough to make you think you are watching a film, rather than playing the game.

The Tarzan Wild is stacked across the reels in the base game and during Free Spins and substitutes for all symbols, apart from the Scatter. Three or more of the Bonus Scatter triggers the Bonus Wheel where you spin the reel to trigger either a jackpot prize, the Pick-a-Potamus Bonus game, or the Free Spins bonus. Trigger the Jackpot Prize with the maximum 4 scatters and you will trigger the 1,000 coin jackpot prize.

Land the Free Spins game though and you get Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds which give you an additional chance to win on every spin and when the new symbols fall into place on the reels after a win.

Terminator 2

  • Reel - 5x3 (base game), 5x4 (free spins)
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win (base game), 1024 ways (free Spins)
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.30 to 30.00
  • Jackpot - 1,500
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Microgaming faced a real challenge when developing the Terminator 2 slot, how do you encapsulate all the key elements of such an amazing film into one slot? Well the good news is that the company managed to do just that on this innovative game which features a reel set that expands from 5x3 in the base game to 5x4 in free spins and the number of Ways to Win increases too, from 243 up to 1024 in the Free Spins round.

Another great bonus is the randomly activated T-800 Vision feature which sees you earn a cash prize for all of the higher value character symbols landed on the reels for that spin. Additionally, land a scatter on this spin and you only need one to trigger the Free Spins bonus.

On a standard spin, three scatters will reward you with 10 Free Spins and this is when the reels and Ways to Win change. The T-1000 feature also comes into play with the T-1000 acting as a Wild, able to morph into any other character symbol. T2 is a fantastic tribute to a classic film and a classic slot in its own right.

Microgaming then released the Terminator 2 as a tournament slot (multiplayer game), which went live not long ago offering huge tournament prizes!

The Phantom of the Opera

  • Reel - 5x4
  • Lines - 243 Ways to Win
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.30 to 15.00
  • Jackpot - 2,000
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

The visually stunning Phantom of the Opera slot was released back in 2017 and draws inspiration from both the film version and Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical. Along with music taken directly from the film and stunning presentation, the slot comes packed to the brim with bonus features too.

In the base game, you have two features to look out for which offer the player a chance of up to three reels turning Wild as well as instant cash wins. Three of the Phantom Mask Scatters also gives you access to choice of three different bonus games. Music of the Night Free Spins, Masquerade Pick Bonus and All I Ask of You Free Spins.

Each of the three bonus games comes with its own attributed bonus features, such as Dancing Wilds in the All I Ask of You Free Spins. This is a medium variance slot with very high production values that has proved to be hugely popular since its release.

Tomb Raider

  • Reel - 5x3
  • Lines - 15
  • Min to Max Bet - 0.30 to 75.00
  • Jackpot - 112,500
  • Free Spins - Yes
  • Other Bonus - Yes

Based on the famous film series, which was itself inspired by a massively popular computer game, the Tomb Raider slot is a nice low variance offering which offers players the chance to win a sizeable jackpot along with their regular lower value cash wins.

The Wild symbol offers a 2x multiplier on all wins it forms part of and you can also trigger the Free Spins bonus when you land three or more of the Lara Croft symbols on the reels. Here you get 10 Free Spins which comes with a 3x multiplier.

There's also the Tomb Bonus feature which is triggered when you land three or more of the Tomb Bonus symbols, where you get to pick from golden icons to reveal a cash prize.

Microgaming has a rich and varied portfolio of film-themed slots, all of which you can enjoy at top Microgaming casinos today.

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