Even though not an official slots series like the NetEnt Rocks Trilogy and FairyTale Legends, for example, I do believe the Universal Monsters™ slots series deserve to be mentioned as such. Especially because NetEnt keeps on adding Universal Monsters™ titles to the assortment which by now consists of an incredible 125+ video slots. Four of these NetEnt slots are part of the Universal Monsters™ slots series and another exciting slot will be added next month as NetEnt announced the launch of The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot.
Universal Monsters™ slots series
It was recent that I came up with the second part of the NetEnt slots theme guide. I was inspired by some unofficial news about the next NetEnt game, but knowing that NetEnt doesn’t appreciate any news before an official announcement has been made, I decided to not share it with the NetEnt fans yet.
First I found out that July was going to bring another Universal Monsters™ slot to the NetEnt Casinos, but nobody knew what the exact theme was going to be about. The list of Universal Monsters™ films is a long one and, therefore, there were many options available. The next Monsters Universal™ slot could be inspired by The Wolf Man, The Mummy, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bride Of Frankenstein, or The Phantom of the Opera.
Eventually, I was told that the new Universal Monsters™ slot was going to be based on Universal’s Phantom of the Opera which I believe is a great choice. I still kept the news to myself while incredibly inspired to finally come up with a second part of the NetEnt slots theme guide. The NetEnt slots theme guide: Universal Monsters™ slots brings you an overview of all NetEnt slots developed in cooperation with Universal Studios including Dracula™, Frankenstein™, Creatures of the Black Lagoon™, and The Invisible Man™. Soon I must update this theme guide, though, as NetEnt now officially announced The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot.
Universal’s Phantom of the Opera
After writing numerous reviews and/or articles about the NetEnt slots Scruffy Duck™, Copy Cats™, and Butterfly Staxx™ which will be launched Wednesday 21st June, I have to admit I was pleased to hear that the next new NetEnt slot was going to be a Universal Monsters™ slot. I was even happier when confirmed that it was going to be inspired by The Phantom of the Opera as it has always been an intriguing story.
While many will think of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s successful 1986 musical, The Phantom of the Opera’s history goes way further back to 1909, the year a serialisation was published in Le Gaulois written by the French writer Gaston Leroux. In 1910, the story appeared as a novel telling the complete story which has been inspired by historical events at the Paris Opera during the 19th century.
Founder of Universal Pictures, Carl Laemmle, took a vacation to Paris in 1922 where he met The Phantom of the Opera’s author Gaston Leroux. Laemmle told Leroux about his admiration for the Paris Opera House resulting in Leroux giving Laemmle a copy of his novel The Phantom of the Opera. It seems that Laemmle read the book in just one night after which he bought the film rights.
The production started late 1924 at Universal Studios and the first cut of the film was previewed in Los Angeles in January 1925. Poor reviews forced Universal Pictures to re-shoot most of the picture and change the style. The former director Rupert Julian then walked out, which didn’t seem to be that bad as the cast and crew had strained relations with the director who was replaced by Edward Sedgwick.
The new version was previewed in San Francisco in April 1925 but the audience didn’t appreciate the movie very well at all, booing it off of the screen.
The third and final version, edited down to nine reels by Maurice Pivar and Lois Weber, contained material from both the original 1924 shooting and from the Sedgwick reworking and was debuted in September 1925 at the Astor Theatre in New York City and premiered in October 1925 in Hollywood.
In this horror classic, young opera singer Christine Daaé discovers she has a mysterious admirer who has the intention to help her become a lead performer. The enigmatic masked presence, the Phantom, lives underneath the Paris Opera House. When the Phantom takes Christine prisoner and demands her devotion and affection, her suitor Vicomte Raoul de Chagny sets out to rescue her.
Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot
Developed in the style of Dracula™ and The Invisible Man™, you can look forward to another incredible Universal Monsters™ slot. I don’t have much to refer to yet, but the above preview of The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot shows an exciting game that will bring the best of the classic 1925 Universal Picture to the NetEnt Casinos.
The classic tale can be found in every aspect of The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot with the Phantom and Christine in the spotlights. As intimidating as NetEnt’s Dracula is in the Dracula™ slot, as intimidating is the Phantom as well in this upcoming Universal Monsters™ slot that will be available at the NetEnt Casinos from the 24th of July. You’ll see for yourself when you have a look at the intro shown before you enter the main game and again I’m impressed by what NetEnt’s talented design team is capable of.
“With this game NetEnt manages to recreate this popular and beloved story, and provides a new level of excitement with its enthralling opera background music.”
Parts of the very well-known love story will be revealed during your session on The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot. Along with their journey, you might uncover different slot features and rewards including Wild Substitutions, Scatter symbols, 3 Bonus Symbols that also act as Wilds, Free Spins, a Pick and Click Bonus game, and Sticky Wild Re-spins while a Both Way Win function is available in The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot as well.
Phantom of the Opera™ slot features
There’s no doubt that NetEnt did a brilliant job again when it comes to the design, but what about the slot features? The above summary promises a lot of action and so does the preview video.
True slot excitement is offered just before the game starts as a fantastic intro is played first. That’s the innovation NetEnt always has been praised for and nothing has changed, so it seems. After you’ve met the Phantom, the game starts and you’ll see a 5×4 grid instead of the usual 5×3 grid, a feature I’ve seen in Butterfly Staxx™ as well which will be launched next Wednesday, 21st June.
The preview video of The Phantom of the Opera™ Video Slot confirms a great number of slot features including two Wild symbols, a Re-spin and Free Spins feature while a Pick and Click bonus game is available as well.
As far as I can see three (or maybe more) Scatter symbols activate the exciting Free Spins feature which is also enriched with an impressive intro. During the intro, the Phantom will show his true colours while you can look forward to some true action on the reels which also involves the chandelier from the opera.
When the Phantom appears on the utter left reel and Christine on the utter right reel you’ll be treated with another intro and a Pick and Click bonus game. Roses are red, violets are blue, and big winnings might come directly to you… at least when you manage to pick the right roses hiding some real treasures.
If the Phantom’s famous mask appears on the last reel instead of Christine, a Masked Phantom Re-Spin will occur with the involved bonus symbols being transformed into Wild symbols during the Re-Spin.
I can only believe that another exciting video slot is about to be launched next month, offering the player enough fun on the reels. A great addition to the Universal Monsters™ slot series and a game to look forward to.