Microgaming slot games designed with the ladies in mind
When you think of a typical slots player, you would assume from the bias towards male-oriented games in the business that the majority of players are men. However that is far from the case, as there are just as many women playing slot games nowadays online than there are men.
Now of course, women are free to play any slot games they choose, and it is great to see that they are doing so but companies like Microgaming do like to try and release a slot game or two that they feel will especially appeal to the fairer sex.
Whether or not they do, depends very much on you and your own personal preferences, so here is our look at nine slot games that we feel have been designed to tempt ladies into trying a few spins and the great news is, this list includes some of the best ever slots designed by Microgaming.
Based on the smash hit 2011 film of the same name, Bridesmaids tells the story behind a group of friends, one of whom is getting married while the others will be bridesmaids at the said event. The film was a surprise hit in cinemas in 2011 and although the slot took a few years to materialise, it too has enjoyed huge popularity.
This is a larger than usual slot with 5 reels but with four symbols on each. There's 40 lines in play in the base game and you can wager from 0.40 up to 60.00 per spin. The game has the usual Wild symbols and stacked symbols which can lead to some decent base game wins but it is when you trigger the Bonus Wheel that the game really starts to come to life.
This is achieved by landing three or more Cupcake Scatter symbols anywhere across the reels. Once you achieve this, you unlock the Bonus Wheel, here you spin to win one of 15 different prizes. 10 are simple cash prizes, four award you a chance to play a bonus feature and one is the jackpot prize.
Before you spin the bonus wheel though, you now play the Cupcake Booster bonus game. Here you pick one cup cake to win one of four available prizes, which include adding multipliers of varying sizes to the prizes on the booster wheel as well as two extra pointers. Once you have received your prize, you then spin the bonus wheel.
Each of the four bonus features offers you a different type of bonus feature, some are Pick'em Bonus games, others are based on Free Spins. The best value of the bonus features is the Friendship Free Spins bonus game which offers cash prizes of up to 1,750 times your bet.
There's a couple of slots that go by this name so do make sure you check out the Microgaming version which is a 5-reel slot which has a total of 20 lines in play. This rather cheeky and comedic game sees the eponymous hero Doctor Love saving people at the hospital, as well as winning the hearts of many different female doctors and nurses.
The good doctor is the in game Wild and substitutes for all the other symbols to create winning lines. Land three of the Love symbols on the reels and you will trigger a random number of Free Spins with between 10 and 20 available to be won. You can also gamble any win to try and increase the value of it, especially useful on those lower value base game wins.
The jackpot prize on the slot is 5,000 coins and this is triggered when you land five of the Doctor Love wild symbols on the reels. You can also win up to 100 times your bet when you trigger two or more Scatters across the reels.
Without doubt one of the biggest and most popular slot games ever devised by Microgaming, and it does have massive appeal to female slot players, is the brilliant Immortal Romance slot. It has a theme that is based loosely on vampires and is in the same vein as the equally popular Thunderstruck II slot in terms of structure and pay outs.
The slot is a 5-reel game with 243- ways to win and has a 60,000-coin jackpot in the base game and the chance to win up to an incredible 3,645,000 coins in total, which is even more than you can land on the Thunderstruck II slot.
The randomly triggered Wild Desire feature can turn up to five reels completely Wild and can land you some massive wins in the base game. However, the real cash is to be found when you land three or more of the Lion Door Knocker symbols across the reels (these are the in game Scatters).
Here you get to play through four different Free Spins bonus games in order, playing through the first game (Amber) four times before you move onto the next (Troy) which you play five times before then moving on to Michael and then you play through this five times to then play the Sarah bonus. Each of the bonus game comes with its own bonus features attached and an increasing number of Free Spins.
Immortal Romance is not just one of the very best slots aimed at female players, it is one of the very best slots of all time and is well worth adding to the top of your play list if you have not already played the game.
Do you remember the classic Thunderstruck slot from Microgaming? If you do then the game play on the Ladies Nite slot will look somewhat familiar, that's because while this slot may be based on ladies letting their hair down on a night around town, the mechanics of the slot have been copied from this Microgaming classic.
That's no bad thing as Thunderstruck is one of Microgaming's classic slots, so you have the same 5 reel, 9 pay line set up and the same bonus features, Free Spins bonus and Wilds, albeit all based on a different theme and with different names.
The best chance of landing a big win in the slot is to hit the Free Spins bonus game which offers you a 3x multiplier on all wins and a total of 15 Free Spins and a chance at the 150,000 coin jackpot. The Glitterball wild also is worth keeping an eye out for as it will double your win when it used as part of a winning line during the base game and Free Spins.
I suppose you could argue that Pretty Kitty is more aimed at cat-lovers than women, but given the jewels that these felines wear around their neck, then it is certainly a game that veers more towards the fairer sex than it does the male half.
This is a volatile 5 reel slot which has 243-ways to win instead of the standard pay lines. Spins start at 0.30 per spin and uses stacked symbols in the base game, which means when a full stack lands on the first reel, any other single examples of this symbol will also expand to fill their respective reels too.
The main bonus feature of the slot is the Free Spins bonus game which is triggered when you land three or more of the diamond collar Scatters on the reels. During this bonus you get 15 Free Spins and any full symbol stack on the first reel during Free Spins expands all matching high value symbols on the other reels. You can also re-trigger the bonus and if you manage to land the full stack of Wilds on the first reel, then all other Wilds expand and this is where you can get those massive wins.
With a jackpot of 50,000 coins to be won, this is one Secret Admirer you wouldn't mind getting a special gift from. The slot may look rather dated but it still has plenty of playability and the 5 reel, 9 line slot is all based on the theme of love and romance.
The masquerade mask is the Wild symbol in the game and this can help create extra winning lines when it is landed on the reels. You can also win up to 50x your stake by landing two or more Scatter symbols on the reels. You earn your Free Spins by landing three or more of the Scatters on the reels, however you only get three Free Spins initially.
However, the three Scatters remain held on the reels for those three spins and if you can add further Scatters to the reels, you will increase the value of each win. Land five Scatters and you are guaranteed at least three 50x your bet wins. That's a serious amount of money to win, especially if you are playing for higher value stakes on each spin.
One of the more recent releases on this list. Secret Romance is a rather attractive 5x3 reel slot which has a total of 15 lines in play and if you have ever played the popular Age of Discovery slot then you will notice the similarities between the two slot games.
The theme of the slot is self-evident from the title and one of the key bonus features is the Red Envelope mystery symbol. These can be stacked across all five reels and for every one you land on a single spin, they will all change into one of the symbols in the game, offering you the chance to land multiple pay line wins.
In the Free Spins bonus game, you can win up to 90,000 coins and during the bonus game there is a multiplier trail which increases each time you land three of the diamond ring symbols on the reels. You can increase the bonus from 2x to 5x the standard win using this feature. In addition, the Red Envelope mystery symbols can now reveal Wild symbols as well as the standard symbols and they are also stacked 20 high during the Free Spins bonus game.
If you are a fan of the bodice-ripping type of yarn spun by Mills and Boon or similar, then you will no doubt be a big fan of the Starlight Kiss slot. This is a 5-reel game which has a total of 30 lines in play and is based on a burgeoning love affair between a handsome young man and a beautiful blonde lady.
The Starlight Kiss logo is the in game wild and they offer the highest value wins in the base game as well as acting as a substitute for standard symbols. Three Scatters launch the Free Spins bonus which sees players land 14 Free Spins complete with a 2x multiplier on any wins that occur when three of the mansion symbols land o the reels. Land three of these mansion Scatters and you also re-trigger the Free Spins bonus once again.
There's also the Romance Bonus to enjoy. This symbol when landed on the middle three reels will allow you to fill the bonus meter to increase the value of your bonus wins. It comes in the form of a simple selection game where you collect hearts (to increase your bonus) and coins (as a cash win). Increase your bonus by collecting hearts and you increase the value of the multiplier you land in the Free Spins bonus game.
One of the most iconic female protagonists from the computer game and film industry, Lara Croft first made the transition to slot games in the original Tomb Raider slot. This low variance slot has 5 reels and 15 lines in play and you can bet from 0.30 up to a maximum bet of 75.00 per spin.
There's also a very appealing 112,500 jackpot to be won and there are two key bonus features alongside the standard Wild symbol. There's the Lara Croft Scatter symbol which acts as a multiplier when you land one or more on the screen and land a pay line win. Get three or more and you also trigger 10 Free Spins, as well as tripling the value of any win achieved.
The other bonus game is the Pick and Choose bonus which awards you cash prizes for each of the golden icons that you select. You can select four to earn as much cash as you can.
Don't forget too that if you love the original Tomb Raider slot then you can also enjoy two other games in the series, Tomb Raider II and Tomb Raider - Secret of the Sword for an extra helping of girl power!
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