FIRST LOOK: NetEnt previews new The Phantom of the Opera slot

  • Leading developer launches trailer for hotly anticipated new online slot game
  • The Phantom of the Opera can be played across all devices and features a range of bonus features

NetEnt has teased a video of its highly anticipated new online slot game, The Phantom of the Opera. Few developers’ releases are as eagerly awaited as those bearing the NetEnt imprint, with the launch of its slots always feeling like something of an event.

It would be fair to say that hopes are high then for the veteran developer’s forthcoming offering. Numerous clues have emerged already about what players can expect from the 5-reel, 40-payline game, based on the French novel by Gaston Leroux.

The Phantom of the Opera

Popularised by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical of the same name, The Phantom of the Opera – or Le Fantôme de l’Opéra as the original novel was known – involves a beautiful soprano singer who enchants a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Palais Garnier.

It’s debatable whether NetEnt’s forthcoming The Phantom of the Opera slot will delve into that level of analytical detail. What can be said with confidence is that The Phantom of the Opera is an HTML5, mobile-friendly slot game that can be played for a minimum of 20p per spin and whose soundtrack, just as you would hope, is as epic as the theatrical setting itself.

In the YouTube preview trailer there’s a moody, orchestral score and a haunting atmosphere that hints at the horror that lies underneath the old theatre which forms the setting for the game.

Gameplay: what we know

Animated sequences introduce the game and presage key moments, during which we get to see the phantom remove his mask and reveal his disfigured countenance, the reason why he’s been banished from public view for years.

NetEnt slots don’t always carry intro sequences, but when they do, platers are advised to watch them right through, for not only do they advance the story, but for the cinematic world that the developer conjures. A key trend within the online casino sector at present is that of user experience, created through immersive gameplay – at first glance it appears that, graphically alone, The Phantom of the Opera does just that.

And that immersive experience pervades in the gameplay itself, which packs a number of features such as stacked wilds, a random Phantom Respin Feature, wild substitutions and more. Theoretical RTP is said to be around 96%, but players will have to find that out themselves.

The Phantom of the Opera also awards free spins – which are given when chandelier symbols are landed on specific reels. There’s also the small matter of the Pick and Click Bonus Game feature, in which players must pick roses to win coins before selecting from one of three mirrors in which they can uncover a multiplier.

July 24 is the date when players will be able to find out for themselves whether The Phantom of the Opera lives up to expectations. Going by the video evidence that’s currently available, you wouldn’t want to bet against it. NetEnt’s titles can be found at many of the large online casinos, including the likes of bgo Casino.

OUR VERDICT

NetEnt is widely regarded for the aesthetics of its online slot games and, on first inspection, The Phantom of the Opera looks set to continue that trend. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is all style over substance, though. Get past the atmospheric and cinematic intro and you’ll find a game thats packed with gameplay features that make for an immersive and interactive slot. There are theme-specific bonuses, plenty of free spins and other features that will likely see players able to invest a decent amount of time in playing before it feels the least bit old or repetitive. Of course, full judgement will be saved for launch date but, from our look at the preview NetEnt looks like it’s set for another popular title.

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