Our top five Microgaming slots
When you have reviewed an uncountable number of slot games over the years, there are a few that tend to stick in the memory. These are the games that when you play them offer you something over and above what a standard slot game can offer.
Sure, there's plenty of slots out there that are worth a few spins on from time to time, but the very best slots are the ones you head to play first time and time again.
Having played so many slots, I am constantly surprised to see certain games make the most popular list of slots for the month or the year. While I am perplexed that slots I feel are truly excellent, innovative and great fun to play, seldom seem to make those charts.
So with that in mind, I have decided to bring you my personal top five of Microgaming slots. In here you'll find an eclectic mix of games, some progressives, some not, some bona fide classics, others you may have skimmed past a hundred times when looking for a slot to play.
Here's my five favourite slots from Microgaming based on personal selection.
- Mega Moolah
Yes there's no surprise in top spot since you are reading this on MegaMoolah.com. What makes the Mega Moolah slot so different to almost any other is that for one spin of just 0.25, you could change your life. To put that into context a National Lottery ticket for the UK Lottery costs 2.00 and that will give you one chance at a win. You can have eight spins on the Mega Moolah slot for that spend and often, the amount you can win at Mega Moolah often exceeds what is available to win on the lottery.
Of course, the big draw is the Mega Jackpot prize which if won, would change the life of the winner forever but people often overlook how much fun the actual slot is. The African Safari theme is done very nicely and the use of animals and not to mention a very sizable win in the standard game, makes this great fun to play.
- Thunderstruck II
Another that is perhaps not a great surprise but then again, why would it be? Thunderstruck II is the sequel that all slot sequels should aspire to be. It followed a hugely fun original slot Thunderstruck and then build on that game with a number of random triggering features in the base game as well as four different Free Spins game to work through in the bonus round. The quest element to unlock each game adds a fresh dimension to the slot, as does one of the largest jackpot prizes available on any non-progressive slot.
- Terminator 2
Perhaps my love for the film has blinded me to this slots shortcomings, but in terms of innovation and the use of film to inspire the different bonus features of the slot, I think Terminator 2 is an outstanding example of how to develop a top quality film or TV tie-in slot. With a sizable jackpot of 440,000 coins, as well as the number of ways to win increasing from 243 to 1024 when you trigger Free Spins, there's already enough to keep me entertained but add to that the T-800 Vision bonus and the way the T-1000 is used as a changing Wild in Free Spins and I think you have an outstanding game and a superb slot version of a classic film.
I'm usually a bit of a stickler for the 5x3 reel or 3x3 reel slots depending on the type of slot I play but I have to say that the 1.00 per spin 5x5 reel slot Cashapillar had me hooked from the start. The game features Stacked Wilds which can land to give you some massive wins and if you decide to bet the maximum amount (which is really only for those with a more generous bankroll), you can win up to two million coins in the base game and six million in Free Spins. Add a tasty Free Spins bonus game, as well as all wins with a Wild being doubled, and you have a slot that is unusual, but still great fun to play.
- Game of Thrones
With the Game of Thrones slot you have a choice of playing 243 Ways to Win or 15-lines and for me, I feel that the 15-line version of the game is slightly more preferable, although the difference between the two is tiny. An epic TV series that had captured the imagination of the world deserved a slot that was equally ambitious and epic and it is fair to say Microgaming delivered it. Complete with the stirring Game of Thrones soundtrack as your accompaniment as you spin (and I dare you not to be swept along with it), the base game is good fun to play but it is when you notice the 375,000 coin jackpot along with the different Free Spins games that you really start to take notice. The ability to pledge fealty to one of the four Great Houses of Westeros in each Free Spin bonus, while being able to select the amount of spins you want against the multiplier you receive on wins is a great idea as it allows you to play your Free Spins bonus as you want. Add to that a Gamble Trail feature where a coin toss decides if you will double your win while journeying through four map locations and you have a game that ticks all the right boxes.
To conclude, I would say that picking my top five slots wasn't easy as there are a number of slots that just missed out on making this selection and amongst those games I would include the likes of Break Da Bank (and it's sequel Break Da Bank Again), the fabulous Hot as Hades as well as classic progressives such as Treasure Nile and Major Millions.
It's fair to say Microgaming has brought us a fine selection of games over the years and some have become classics and it is going to be hugely interesting to see what the company can produce for customers in the future.
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