Intro: Game Theme
The Phantom of the Opera story has long since occupied the minds of many. The interesting tale has led to dream about it, including a few software providers. Gamomat joins a crowded field in creating their own slot based on this terrific story. Venture into the opera halls once more and enjoy a free spins round where standard symbols turn into Wilds! If that is not enough, you can further boost your payouts with not one, but two Gamble bonuses!
We like the background image. The reels are designed to look similar to curtains, which hide most of the opera hall from us. Still, what we can see looks rather impressive. Seats at the bottom looking up towards the stage. A few balconies with private seating for the wealthier folks. Finally, we have some more shared seats at the very top of the hall! Animations are one area we would like Gamomat to do better in. What we have currently is not bad, but it could be a whole lot better! The day is carried by the unique looking icon designs. While playing card royals are a staple of casino games, they hardly do much to add to the visual fidelity of this release.
- RTP: 96.12%
- Betting Range: £0.10 – £40.00
- Max Win: £100,000
- Similar Slots: Gems Gone Wild Power Reels, Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom’s Curse
How it Works
You play Phantom’s Mirror on a five-reel board, with twenty flexible paylines. The developers allow you to play with either ten or twenty active paylines. You can choose one of these two, but you cannot choose any value in between, or go below ten paylines. In both cases, wins are formed by finding three or more matching symbols next to one another. They have to start with the leftmost reel and follow an active payline in order to grant a prize. The control panel is colour coded, allowing players to keep track of what is what at a glance. The spin button and Auto Play options are green. Max Bet is the only purple button, which draws your attention to it. The number of active paylines and bet value are both orange. A blue button will open the paytable. Above the reels, you can open the settings and toggle full screen on or off. You can bet between £0.10 and £40 per spin.
Icon designs look quite interesting. Playing card royals were ones we found a touch boring. They look nice, but their bright and colourful approach does not mesh well with the remaining symbols. Other icons include a rose, a jewellery box with a scorpion inside, the opera house and a beautiful brown-haired woman. The masked phantom serves as a Wild, while the mirror with a creepy face inside is the Scatter symbol. Both play an important role in the game, and offer some fantastic payouts if won.
Players need at least three Scatters to win eight free spins. Additional Scatters will not grant more free spins, but will increase the initial cash prize you get. You should keep an eye out for more Scatters after you activate the special feature. More Scatters during free spins means you can trigger additional extra turns! During free spins, the rose, scorpion, opera house and brown-haired woman icons turn Wild. They are able to substitute for all symbols except for Scatters, and remain this way until free spins end.
After winning, you are able to take advantage of two different gamble bonuses. The first is called a Card gamble. You are given a face down card, and need to predict whether the card beneath will be red or black. Guess right and your win is doubled, but a wrong guess results in a total loss! You can mitigate this by halving your win. That pockets one-half of the money you are betting on, and leaves you with half to play the gamble with. You can split your money multiple times.
Meanwhile, the Ladder gamble is all about timing. Get it right, and you will be able to advance up the ladder to greater wins. Miss the timing, and you go down the ladder, and eventually hit the bottom, losing everything. Ladder gamble is not available for big wins or Auto Play mode.
Unfortunately, Phantom’s Mirror fails to live up to its full potential. The visual side of things could be improved with animations and more interesting icon designs. Gameplay wise, we would love to see more bonuses. The free spins special feature is great, but having just one available feels a little dull. If you do not mind these minor flaws, then Gamomat’s slot is well worth trying out!