Net Entertainment are the brain boxes behind the Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse mobile pokie machine. Initially developed to be unveiled as The Phantom of the Opera, before the Scandinavian casino software developers decided to push its release back to avoid a conflict with Microgaming’s movie-themed pokie of the same name; this release is one of several games licensed from Universal by NetEnt, with Dracula also being a firm hit in this series.
Redesigned and redeveloped to stand out, this game can certainly give Microgaming’s similarly-themed mobile pokie a run for its money.
How to play
This is a pokie machine which contains 5 reels and 40 paylines of action. Most major pokies from this developer do not allow you to tinker with the paylines, and this one’s no different. You can, however, prosper from a half-price deal on paylines.
For instance, playing with all 40 of them is only going to set you back $0.20 with the minimum bet, and no more than $200 a game when playing with the maximum stake.
Wild symbols: The wild symbols in this game are pretty basic and show up as the Phantom’s mask. It can substitute for any other symbols in the game, save for scatter and bonus icons. There are other random wilds in the game, and we’ll come to those in turn.
Scatter symbols: These appear as chandeliers, and when players land 3 such symbols on the first, third and fifth reels of the base game, they will trigger a free spins bonus.
Free spins bonus: Players will start the free games feature with an unlimited number of free games. Whenever the masked Phantom (a wild in this feature) appears, one of the game’s reel will become highlighted and filled with stacked phantom wilds. Once all 5 are highlighted, the bonus is over.
Click and Win feature: This bonus is triggered by landing the unmasked Phantom on the first reel, and Christine on the fifth reel, both stacked. Initially, players will get to select 1 of 8 roses to win an instant cash prize. After pocketing that, they can select 1 of 3 mirrors to win a multiplier which is attributed to the cash prize from the rose bonus.
Re-spin feature: If players can land the unmasked Phantom on the first reel, and the standard wild mask icon on the fifth reel (again, stacked) then any bonus icons, Phantom symbols and/or wilds you have on the reels at that moment in time will become frozen for a single re-spin., and all will become wilds for that re-spin.
This pokie machine comes with a more than decent RTP (return to player) rate of 96.57%. The top prize is worth some 200x your total bet, which makes it above average for any Net Entertainment developed mobile pokie.
We’re certainly very happy that the casino software providers decided to recall, redeveloped and rerelease this game, rebranding it the Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse game. There is an extra sense of care, and pride in the game which simply isn’t to be found in its Microgaming developed counterpart.