Five of the best Microgaming online casino slots of the last 12 months

Microgaming is one of the giants of the online slot world.

Even if you’re new to online casinos, sooner or later you’ll see this name crop up, either on your favourite slots or in the software that powers the site itself- Microgaming produces everything from games to the downloaded software that some casinos use to run on your PC.

Microgaming was around at the start of online casinos, creating the ‘world’s first true online casino’ in 1994. The company has a hug back catalogue of games, such as the famous Thunderstruck II and gripping Jurassic Park, the official slot of the movie.

2017 saw no slouching in the release of new Microgaming titles; these are the best in our eyes and we think you’ll agree.

Forbidden Throne

This game was released back in May alongside three others. Forbidden Throne is a fantasy-style game, featuring elves and magic, perfect for fans of that kind of setting. The game has a mysterious backstory and two central characters, Wulthor the Elven Lord of Fire and Sorconass the Queen of Ice.

Forbidden Throne by Microgaming.
Forbidden Throne by Microgaming.

These characters are drawn in stunning quality and the bonus rounds revolve around their mystical powers.

Forbidden Throne packs 40 fixed lines and a 96.01% RTP.

You can find it on most Microgaming sites, such as Betway. The base game has at least one guaranteed stacked wild on each spin (embodied by the characters) which makes each spin a bit more encouraging. A full set of wilds awards a massive 500x your bet! There are retriggerable free spins with guaranteed wilds too, so that’s a great way to make some gold for your quest.

WHERE TO PLAY: Try this one at Betway Casino.

Highlander

This may not be the most current of movies to score an official license for, but Microgaming’s Highlander slot is actually lots of fun and does capture the essence of this classic cult movie.

Highlander

Highlander spawned a lot of suspicious sequels, but let’s face it- there can be only one that matters. The original Highlander saw immortal Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) square off against The Kurgan, battling to be the last immortal.

The slot game features high quality scenes from the movie, letting players revisit this thrilling 80s movie while hopefully landing some pretty wins.

The Quickening Wilds tie in with the movie, which happens during the free spins round. With each spin, a flash of lightning can randomly strike and turn symbols wild. These can exponentially increase to create some epic wins. This slot was one of the last of 2017 and can be played as casinos like LeoVegas and it has a nice, high RTP of 97%.

WHERE TO PLAY: Try this one at LeoVegas or Paddy Power Casino.

Phantom of the Opera

Sing it with us: the Phantom of the Opera is here… inside my mind! Only now he’s on your reels, too, thanks to Microgaming’s official slot based on the latest movie.

Phantom of the Operar Microgaming Free Spins
Phantom of the Opera and its free spins round

The game uses music and visuals from the movie to stunning effect, conjuring the atmosphere of this true classic. Fans of the show will love how true the slot is to it, while newcomers will be dying to see the movie after playing the game.

This slot has a good RTP of 96.57% and it’s a 5-reel game with 243 paylines. The game shines through a series of bonus rounds that match the theme of the movie and theatre show perfectly.

For example, the Chandelier Bonus recreates the famous scene of the Phantom cutting down the opera houses’ chandelier. This is randomly triggered in the base game and turns the game dark, including making the music much tenser, as the chandelier crashes down and turns two or three reels wild. There are four more such bonuses, such as Music of the Night and All I Ask of You.

WHERE TO PLAY: This one can be played at the excellent 32Red Casino.

Emoti Coins

This 2017 slot was noteworthy because Microgaming created it from ideas presented by their own employees. The idea was ‘coined’ by staff at a company event called the Idea Factory Contest, then was picked to be brought into reality. Emoticons are everywhere now, so it’s no wonder that slots have taken them on as symbols. This is a bright, fun and cheerful game, sure to perk you up.

Emoticoins free spins
Emoticoins free spins round

You can find Emoti Coins at Betway casino or Spinit or pretty much any that offers Microgaming titles. The game has a 96.01% Return to Player and it’s a standard 5×3 reel setup. Wilds are the key to this game, with Wild Blast that triggers on any spin and creates five extra wilds for a guaranteed win.

Wild Stickers is triggered by three scatters in the base game, granting 10 free spins.

WHERE TO PLAY: Try this one at Spinit Casino.

Halloween

Another official movie title from Microgaming (and again a classic movie rather than a brand-new one) is Halloween, based on the famous slasher movie. This is a brilliant choice, a timeless movie from ’78 which has spawned many sequels and really is iconic of Halloween.

Halloween slot game reels
Halloween slot game reels

The film follows Michael Myers who murdered his sister and then later on went on a killing spree, despite multiple
attempts to kill him.

The slot game uses eerie music to create tension and shows evil Michael appearing in the background from time to time, which is really unsettling! The game has a 96.5% RTP and a Trick or Treat bonus and a Boogeyman bonus. The Boogeyman bonus is great fun, as you hope to dodge the killer and collect wins, with a rising multiplier.

You’ll also see symbols that appear as a ‘jumbo block’, covering multiple reels, which makes the most of the high-quality artwork.

WHERE TO PLAY: Check this one out at the top quality Casumo Casino.

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