If you've never read The Phantom of the Opera, seen the films based on the story, or attended the hit play, I can fill you in on the story. The story takes place in France and features an opera house that has a bunch of loud and boring singing going on in it. The location is occupied by a disfigured squatter, who takes to stalking the opera's star, Christine. Christine ends up falling for the stalker (big mistake) and ends up leading him on (even bigger mistake). This leads to a confrontation between the Phantom and the management of the play, chiefly Christine's real lover. Things reach an escalation where the Phantom dies, and manages to bore people for hours on end. NetEnt knows how popular the Phantom story is, and they licensed the Universal Studios version of the film, which came out in 1925. The result is The Phantom's Curse slot, which takes us to the opera house and lets us have a chance to win some cash prizes that will have us singing.
The Phantom's Curse is a 5 reel, 40 payline video slot that is plopped right on the stage of the opera house. The game's symbols have clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds, as well as a knife, mirror, yellow rose, ring, Christine, and the Phantom himself.
The slot's features are decently laid out and include wild symbols, scatters, free spins, stacked wilds, and a pick'em bonus. The wild in the game is the phantom's mask, whereas a mask with a gold edge creates a stacked wild. Re-spins are also available, giving players the chance at an extra spin if there's a stacked symbol on the first reel and a stacked mask on the fifth reel. The combination of both the paylines and the features gives us a posted return to player (RTP) percentage of 96.6% which is about what we'd expect from a NetEnt slot. Interestingly, this percentage is slightly higher than the number we see for licensed games. Perhaps the license for Universal Monsters is less expensive than other franchises NetEnt uses.
I am a fan of the Phantom of the Opera, but I know a lot of people that are bored by it. That being said, the game is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the different features, as well as the theme and music. If you're a fan of the Phantom movie, then this is a game you should try you luck at. There's also other games based on the musical, which is an excellent slot as well.