July 2012 Update: Microgaming has removed The Lord of the Rings from all their casinos and replaced it with a game based on the Batman movie, The Dark Knight. As such the game is no longer available for free play.
Epic is the perfect word to describe The Lord of the Rings. This 5 reel game is based on the iconic movie series which of course is a cinematic interpretation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy epic story. This slot, whose theme utilizes the motifs of the hit movies, will teleport you to Middle Earth and have you amazed with its presentation and bevy of features which could keep you playing for hours.
Rarely can one describe the presentation of a slot game as absolutely perfect, but this is the case with The Lord of the Rings. Yes, it might take a minute or two to download the first time you load it up, but it is well worth the wait to do so. The symbols are beautifully crafted and feature scores of characters from the movies while the background music is also appropriately grandiose. Moreover, the effects are also exemplary, as players are often treated to cinematic sequences following winning spins. If you're lucky enough to access the free spins feature, you'll be transported to another sub-world of the game altogether.
Lord of the Rings is another one of the Microgaming slots that does not have pay lines, but rather uses the "243 way wins" system where winning combinations can be matched across the reel regardless of whether the symbols are adjacent to each other on a traditional payline. It is effectively 243 paylines as that is the most you can have on a 5 reel machine with 3 visible symbols on each reel. It also means that the game relies less on a high bet denomination (the highest in this slot is $.05) and more on awarding players an extraordinary number of credits.
The highest number of credits that can be won is an amazing 1,900,000. This can be won during the free spins feature, which itself is activated when you have three or more rings come up anywhere on the reels. The Lord of the Rings symbol acts as a stacked wild and replaces all icons aside from the One Ring and The Eye of Sauron. The latter of these can expand on the third reel to act as an additional wild.