The Phantom of the Opera is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot from Microgaming that is based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s world-famous musical which was subsequently made into a film. Playable from 30p to £15 a spin on all devices, it comes with 2 base game features and 3 further bonus features including free spins with various wild extras.

Visually, The Phantom of the Opera perfectly depicts the award-winning film and has a dark and sinister feel to it – set inside the opera house, symbols on the reels include Phantom Masks, binoculars, letters, roses, scrolls, poison, Don Juan, the Monkey and various characters (including Carlotta, Raoul, Christine and the Phantom himself) from the highly acclaimed musical.

There’s also a wild which replaces all symbols bar the Phantom Mask and Letter – the wild, as well as Phantom, Christine and Raoul symbols can land doubled stacked. In terms of the soundtrack, it’s 1 of the best we’ve ever come across as it uses the original one.

When it comes to bonus features, you have 2 base game features. Firstly, there’s the Letter Bonus feature which is triggered when the Letter symbol appears anywhere on reel 5. This will simply reward you with a cash prize of up to 20 times your stake.

Then you have the Chandelier Bonus feature which is randomly triggered in the base game – basically, the Opera House Chandelier will randomly drop onto the reels and turn between 2 and 3 reels turn fully wild.

The other symbol to look out for the famous Phantom Mask as 3 or more anywhere on the reels will allow you to pick from 3 bonus features:

The Music of the Night Free Spins feature rewards you with 10 free spins with random Phantom features in play on each free spin. You can benefit from up to 5 randomly placed wild symbols, up to 3 random wild reels, between 2 and 5 extra free spins and a win multiplier between 2x and 4x.

The Masquerade Pick Bonus feature is a 3 level pick me style game where you pick from masks to win cash prizes. You can also win more picks to win more.

The All I Ask of You Free Spins feature gives you 10 free spins but it benefits from Dancing Wilds – Christine and Raoul symbols become wilds and dance above the reels. They then move to a random adjacent position on each free spin. When the Raoul and Christine wilds land on the same position, you will benefit from a 3x multiplier. If they land on the same reel, the whole reel becomes wild and if they land next to each other, both reels will become fully wild. If they land diagonally on adjacent reels, the wilds expand to give you a 2×2 wild.

As you can see, there’s plenty going on in The Phantom of the Opera – it’s a medium variance slot but the key to winning big can come in the base game with up to 3 random wild reels and the 2 free spins features where you can get lots of extra free spins, up to 5 wilds per free spin, up to 3 wild reels per free spin, multipliers up to 4x and Dancing Wilds which give you treble wins, wild reels and 2×2 block wilds.

I found it to be a very good release from Microgaming and it has the potential to payout over 7,733 times your stake on each spin (with the 4x multiplier naturally). Overall, 1 of Microgaming’s better slots – and about time too. I would also recommend you try some of Microgaming’s other favourites such as Immortal Romance and Avalon II.