Review by Oggs.com
Wow. That’s a good start for this review of the Lord of the Rings Slot I think. As soon as you load up this slot, you can tell it’s going to be a bit special – aside from the fact that The Lord of the Rings has been one of the most successful movie series from the past decade – the graphics are some of the most advanced that we’ve seen yet. Microgaming have developed their so called “Cinematic Spins” which enable clips from the film to be used as the background graphics as well as within the reels themselves when certain winning combinations are activated.
The Lord of the Rings Slot Machine is the first slot to utilise the Cinematic Spins feature, and the films provide a rich source of material for use in the game. It’s actually amazing how much of a difference it makes to the overall perception of the slot game – I just wanted to keep clicking spin to see what would come up next!
However, as exciting as the advanced graphics are, in the long run, what matters is the game itself – otherwise you might as well just go watch the film! The Lord of the Rings Slot Machine does not have specific paylines that you can choose to play, and in this respect it is much like Thunderstruck II. Instead, there are 243 ‘ways to win’, which effectively means that as long as you have matching symbols (one on each reel, moving left to right), it will activate the win.
The Lord of the Rings Slot Machine doesn’t have a bonus game, though it does have an expanding wild and a free spins feature, which can be re-triggered. The game symbols are Ace, King, Queen, Jack and ten, plus 9 special characters from the film, and the ring acts as a scatter symbol.
The slot’s name is subtitled: The Fellowship of the Ring, which would seem to suggest to us that we should expect at least 2 more versions of a Lord of the Rings Slot Machine to match the remaining films in the trilogy. At the time of writing though, Microgaming haven’t announced any further movie tie-ins on their website, however, having gone to the effort of developing their Cinematic Reels technology, it is surely just a matter of time before they announce future movie tie-in deals.
In conclusion, if you like slots, you definitely need to go and take a look at this game – certainly the shape of things to come!
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