When Microgaming was awarded the license to produce the Lord of The Rings Online slot game they were handed a metaphoric double edged sword. As far as slot no brainers go, the success of A Lord of the Rings theme is up there with the most obvious, but on the flip side producing something that is in keeping with the epic nature of the trilogy is a big responsibility. So how did they do?
Gameplay in Lord of the Rings Slot
The first thing you will notice about this 5 reel slot is the graphics and the stunning backgrounds. First box ticked here, the appearance of the game is spectacular. The background image is not a static one, instead these are made up of moving images created by a combination of the beautiful Middle Earth (New Zealand) scenery and some computer generated wizardry. Naturally enough the major film characters are represented for the higher value symbols. You’ll witness the Fellowship of the Ring marching their way towards Mordor along to some movie score soundtrack.
The 243 ways to win on Lord of The Rings is permanently in play, irrespective of your stake level, all lines are engaged. Matching a minimum of three character symbols Frodo, Aragorn, Saruman, Legolas, Elrond and Arwyn among them, will produce a win and in the process launch a film clip of your winning character lifted directly from the cinematic release. This certainly adds something to game experience.
Wilds and Scatters
We won’t focus too much time here because in truth the wilds and scatters in the game do pretty much what you have become accustomed to in most other slots. The wilds can stack and 3 Ring symbol scatters anywhere on the reels will launch you in the free spins round. Worthy of note here is that free spins are variable in number and begin with a 2x multiplier but this can randomly increase during play.
Bonus and Special Features
There are a number of special features in Lord of The Rings and you will unlock more as you play the game more, as the secret to this is the mileage you have completed in your journey. Each area that you reach will trigger a bonus round that starts from Hobbit ton and ends at Amen Hen.
The second feature of note is Gollum, everyone’s favorite strange little creature with an obsession for The One Ring. Gollum shows up at random and you’ll be pleased to see him, as he will make good things happen. He might decide to pull on a reel to give you an entire reel worth of wild symbols, or he might increase your wins multiplier during the free spins game. Or if he is feeling particularly generous he might decide to simply dump you some free money into your payroll. He’s a good dude Gollum.
Of most significant in terms of features though is that Lord of the Rings forms part of Microgaming’s Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot, which can reach several millions and is never less than $1m. This randomly triggered jackpot is called the “Mithril” jackpot in Lord of the Rings, taking the name from the valuable metal in the series. There are three smaller jackpots as well, gold, silver and bronze respectively. Any of these jackpots can be hit at any time.
Overall we would say that Microgaming have delivered with the Lord of The Rings online slot. In terms of a gaming experience it is hard to find fault. If we were feeling uncharitable we might argue that the game does not break much new ground but the features, movie clips, graphics and soundtrack more than compensate. This is a game that fans of the film will enjoy for sure, and the progressive jackpot opportunity will appeal to everyone.
- Software: Microgaming
- Type: Progressive Jackpot Slot
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 243 ways to win
- Coin Size: 0.01- 0.05
- Jackpot: 4 Jackpots
- Bonus Round: Yes
- Free Spins: Yes
- Progressive: Yes
- Wild Symbol: Yes
- Scatter/Bonus Symbol: Yes
- 3D: No
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