Winter is coming: Play the fantastic Game of Thrones slot!
There is no doubting that when it comes to TV phenomena, Game of Thrones has just about cornered the market. The series, which will see its last run of episodes in 2019, is based on the Land of Ice and Fire series of books by George R.R. Martin and is famed for not shying away from the visceral, controversial and sometimes bloody elements of the story.
Indeed, it is these elements combined with the fantastical lands of the mythical setting of Westeros, that have made the TV series such a smash hit success all over the world. It was only a matter of time therefore before a slot game based on the show came along and it was Microgaming who won the rights to produce the slot.
In truth, they produced two versions of the game, a 15-pay line version and a 243 Ways to Win version, although the jackpot prizes and other elements in the game are almost identical and the bonuses and features described in the review can be found in both versions of the slot.
We know Game of Thrones is one of the most played Microgaming slots each month, but is that popularity because of the popularity of the TV series, or how good the slot is, or perhaps a little of both? Let's take a closer look and find out.
- Game: Game of Thrones
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5
- Pay Lines: 15 or 243 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet: 0.14 (15 lines) / 0.30 (243-ways)
- Maximum Bet: 3.00 (15 lines) / 6.00 (243-ways)
- Jackpot: 121,000
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
The presentation of the Game of Thrones slot is stunning and that begins form the moment the slot loads up and you are treated to a faithful interpretation of the Game of Thrones theme music, a stirring tune which cannot help but put you in the mood to play the game. You can select to play either the 15-line or 243 Ways to Win versions of the game and in truth, there is little difference between the slots in terms of the jackpots available or the prizes you win, it's really down to which type of slot you prefer to play.
The reels are decorated in silver and gold, and the Game of Thrones logo sits atop the reels. The main controls are located at the foot of the reels and everything is very easy to follow and understand. Select your coin size, the number of coins you wish to wager per spin and your total bet will be displayed and when you are happy, you can click the Spin button to set the game in motion.
What is on the reels?
There are a number of different symbols on the reels and these begin with the lower value symbols and these are the playing card symbols, from the Jack through to the ace. These symbols offer lower value wins with the three and four symbol pays not offering you enough to match your bet, however the five symbol wins do pay out slightly more.
Alongside the lower value symbols are the four higher value symbols, these are the sigils of the four main houses of Westeros; Baratheon, Stark, Lannister and Targaryen. These offer slightly higher pay outs than the lower value symbols.
Alongside these standard symbols, there are a couple of other symbols that unlock the main bonus features of the Game of Thrones slot, namely the Wild symbol and the Scatter.
The Game of Thrones logo is the in game Wild symbol and this is stacked on the reels during the base game and Free Spins. It can substitute for all symbols apart from the Scatter and if you can land several Wilds across a pay line then it offers the largest single line pay out in the game.
As the Wild is stacked, it is also possible to land multiple winning lines across the reels, which increase the value of your total win, especially if you can land more than one Wild across the reels on a single spin.
Free Spins features
The game gets really interesting when we get to the Free Spins bonus features on the slot. You need to land three or more the Dragons Egg scatter in order to trigger the Free Spins bonus game, however if you land two of them then you will win the Scatter bonus, which is a cash prize amount calculated as a multiple of your total stake. The wins on this are not huge, but they can be a nice consolation prize for missing out on Free Spins.
Land three or more Scatters and you do trigger free spins and here you have a choice and you can pledge your allegiance to any one of the four houses of Westeros. Each house has its own combination of Free Spins and multiplier and what you find is that the more free spins a house has, then the smaller the value of the multiplier applied to the wins you land during the bonus.
The options are:
- Baratheon - 8 Free Spins with a 5x multiplier and Baratheon Sigil symbols stacked 3 high
- Lannister - 10 Free Spins with a 4x multiplier and the Lannister Sigil stacked 4 high
- Stark - 14 Free Spins with a 3x multiplier and the Stark Sigil stacked 5 high
- Targaryen - 18 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier and the Targaryen Sigil stacked 6 high
You are free to select a different bonus each time you trigger Free Spins.
In addition to these bonuses, there is also the Gamble Trail feature where you can try and double up your winnings via a simple Heads of Tail game. Use this feature often enough and you can move through the Trail, which shows you videos taken from the series as well as offering you the chance to win up to four times the amount of money you initially gambled.
Best feature of the Game of Thrones slot
Without doubt there are so many nice touches in the Game of Thrones slot, including having two types of game to play, but it is the different Free Spins bonus games that are the icing on the cake. This allows you to trial the different games to see which is the most potentially valuable to you and also which one tends to pay you out the more consistently better value wins.
It is easy to see why since its release, the Game of Thrones slot has been a smash hit success for Microgaming. The slot is great fun to play and captures the drama, tension and action of the series very well indeed. I'd have liked to have seen a bit more video from the show, but even without that, this is still a fabulous slot to play and has the potential to offer the occasional lucky player a big reward.
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