Microgaming Slots

Frustratingly for Americans, no Microgaming casinos except for Intertops currently accept US players – a result of the US gambling laws that are in a total mess right now, and even they don’t accept 18 of the US States. It’s a shame because Microgaming slots are the best out there in my opinion, and while US players can play RTG slots, they aren’t quite as graphically rich and there is less choice. For anyone else, then I would recommend Microgaming casinos for slots play any day of the week, not least because there is so much choice, the payout percentages are all 94% plus and the casinos hemselves are strictly licenced and rarely pose a problem.

Immortal Romance Bet Limits (£60 Max Bet)

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Immortal Romance SlotUpdated 27th May, 2015. If, like me, you tend to be something or a medium/high roller slots player then one of the most annoying things about the Immortal Romance slot is that it often comes with a low maximum bet limit of £6 (or euros). This is because the Wild Desire feature has the potential to make 5 reels wild and pay out a shedload of coins.

In fact, if you look at the screenshot I have added to this article, you will see one such example!

So if you are looking for casinos that have higher bet limits, here is the rule of thumb as I write (in May 2015).

I’ve played at Bet365 for years and it is the best place for high roller Immortal Romance players that I have found (the game is found on the  bet365 Games tab) who have a £60 max bet option. That’s slightly surprising actually because Bet365 isn’t a “dedicated’ Microgaming casino, nor does it offer the game as a download and it is usually those casinos that have the higher limits. It has a range of games by Microgaming, Playtech, IGT and WMS but is renowned for having higher bet limits across it’s games.

They are not quite alone in offering that size of bet on Immortal Romance however. A while back, 2 casinos I used to play before the UK was banned from playing there, the dedicated Microgaming Casinos Crazy Vegas and Golden Riviera Casino also had £60 limits but I can’t check that anymore so whether it is still the case or not I have no idea.

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Microgaming New Releases: May 2015

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Microgaming Slots: May Releases: ARIANA and BIG CHEF

If you play at Microgaming-powered casinos then you’ll find 2 new games have been added. Sit down before reading the next sentence! Neither of them are 243-way slots! In keeping with recent releases by other software they are 25 and 15 pay-lines respectively.

Ariana Slot: Microgaming

Ariana is a simple ocean-themed game with expanding Ariana symbols if the stacked one fills all of reel 1 – should this initiate a winning combination of 3 reels or more, the others matching will expand too.

There is a re-triggerable bonus round of 15 free games triggered by 3 scatters, the starfish. The only difference in the free games is that the wilds become expanding too. The only pitfall is, don’t shout if you get a full screen as this low-medium variance slot only pays 250x for a maximum screen. Microgaming seem to have gone down the Net-Ent route with this game. If you want colossal wins for 4 or 5 reels of wilds, stick with Immortal Romance, Playboy and Jurassic Park. I could liken the overall play in terms of returns to Starburst .

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Immortal Romance Slot – A Full Review

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Immortal Romance SLotThis full review of Immortal Romance published on onlinecasinoslotmachines.co.uk is a follow-up to my previous older article “Immortal Romance vs Thunderstruck II

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My first though on playing the Immortal Romance slot was: How could Microgaming hope to outdo the classic follow up to the original Thunderstruck slot?

Well, the answer was to take it’s winning formula, change the paytable and shake the features about! Like Thunderstruck II (TSII), Immortal Romance (IR) has no winlines, but needs 3 or more consecutive symbols for a win anywhere on from left to right. 3x3x3x3x3 therefore means 243-ways to win.

The symbols are 9.10.J.Q.K.A but now we have a dark underlying theme, in fact quite Gothic and in keeping with the whole Immortal Romance notion (think True Blood!). Creepy music brooding characters. We have Alluring Amber, Fang-tooth Troy, Malevolent Michael and Sinister Sarah, the highest paying character. There are only 4 picture symbols, unlike the 6 in TSII.

The pays during the Immortal Romance base game have 3×9 or 10′s as the lowest, paying just 1/6 of a credit. The highest paying symbol is Sarah, of which 3 pay 1.33 x stake. For 5-line wins, the lowest 9 or 10 will pay 3.33 x stake and the highest Sarah a whopping 20 x stake. Sarahs seldom come in over 5 reels without a wild though, so on the base 30p stake Sarahs with a wild pay £12.

Immortal Romance’s higher variance is immediately obvious when comparing to Thunderstruck II: wilds can appear together with the character symbols and not just numbers and letters! It is possible to get 5 wilds and Sarahs in the same spin, paying 65x the base 5-line Sarah win. This will become relevant when we examine the Amber bonus round! 

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Immortal Romance – Bet Limits

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Immortal RomanceIf you are a fan of the Immortal Romance slot from Microgaming and like to dabble with higher bet limits then here’s a tip for you. It seems that there are two versions of this game: one is issued via 3rd party and multi-game platforms like Quickfire and the other is issued to single-licence (or “dedicated”) Microgaming casinos and is available in Instant Play and Download formats.

Immortal Romance on Quickfire & 3rd Party platforms usually has an upper bet limit per spin of $6 (USD, Euro or GBP depending on your currency), while the dedicated version usually has a default upper betting limit of $30 (USD / EUR / GBP). But there’s more! The dedicated version can be found at

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Microgaming Mobile – An Assessment So Far

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It’s May 2014 and it’s been a while since Microgaming (MGS) launched their mobile casino product. If you include the Spin3-developed platform that was available before the MGS ‘GO’ platform which you now get instead, it’s been over 5 years since casinos like 32Red and Jackpot City implemented MGS mobile games.

More recently, these older games were replaced with the new ‘GO’ (HTML5) software in 2011 and I have been playing it since it’s inception so now it’s settled in, does it really provide a good casino game option for desktop punters Or is it something to dip into when no other option is available?

The first thing I have to say is that it looks good and it’s intuitive. The second thing is that the games choice isn’t a patch on Microgaming’s desktop casino, either the download version or the Instant Play. Here on mobile you get around 40 games as I write while you can expect over 500 in the download and 300+ in the Instant Play versions.

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Avalon II Slot – Microgaming

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February 5th 2014: that’s the date for the launch of Microgaming‘s eagerly anticipated Avalon II slot, a game that’s been touted since January 2013 and a follow-up to their popular Avalon slot game.

Avalon 2 leans heavily on Microgaming’s new 243-payline model with more than a passing nod to the now defunct Lord Of The Rings slot that was very popular with players. Where Avalon 2 differs is in the number of features available and the fact that, like other recent Microgaming 243-liners including Thunderstruck 2, Playboy and Immortal Romance, these features have to be unlocked.

It’s early days and I haven’t had a chance to do more than give Avalon 2 a cursory glance right now but it is available at Microgaming casino operators along with the original and the other games mentioned above. I’ll be back to update this review in February when I have had a chance to give the game a proper run for (my!) money.

 

UPDATE: December 6th 2014: I played this game a fair bit now and have to say while it is OK, it isn’t as good as some of Microgaming’s newer releases such as Jurassic Park or even Game Of Thrones to be honest. It’s quite lowish variance and the inability to choose bonus features which just cycle round is a bit boring, especially if the next one on the list is a poor bonus.

My views are probably seconded by a colleague who has just published a Best Online Slots of 2014 review and Avalon II doesn’t even get a mention. A shame really because with the demise of the popular Lord Of The Rings slots, this would have been a good chance to issue a suitable replacement.


The Dark Knight Rises Slot (Microgaming) – Preview

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In August 2013, Microgaming are releasing the second in their Dark Knight slots series. Based on the films, the first Dark Knight game replaced their Lord Of The Rings slot back in 2012 (still no idea why they removed LOTR!) and has proven relatively popular.

The Dark Knight Rises slot looks pretty simiar in design as the original, perhaps using a similar engine to that, LOTR Fellowship and the newer Girls With Guns game but I see it also introduces the “4 free spin features” concept that Microgaming have implemented in Immortal Romance, Thunderstruck 2 and more recently Playboy.

Too early to say if the Dark Knight Rises slot is much cop of course but not long to wait and find out! Personally, I am wondering what’s happened to the Avalon II game* I saw at ICE back in January…now that game looked bloody awesome!

 

*  I have now seen Avalon 2 and played it. It’s not that great, not a patch on Immortal Romance or Jurassic Park or even Game Of Thrones, Microgaming’s other flagship releases in 2014. In fact, all of those games are better then both of the Dark Knight slots so far released too.


New Microgaming Casino for 2013

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A new Microgaming casino with options for PC, Mac, iPads, iPhones, Android smartphones and tablets.

Strictly speaking, Lucky247 Casino was released towards the end of 2012 – I first heard of it in a news article New Microgaming Casinos 2012/2013 which popped up via a bulletin on the AZonlinecasinos website which I manage – although I wouldn’t necessarily say it was launched in a frenzy of publicity but this seems to be in keeping with the Lucky247 website’s somewhat demure and understated image.

I first noticed Lucky247 mentioned in a news article and signed up to play there in October 2012, initially being particularly interested in their mobile offering which is using Microgaming’s new HTML5 product “GO”. Consequently I ended up playing extensively over the course of a month on both the PC Flash product and the more limited but equally nice mobile casino via my iPad3. I knew I’d find a use for it eventually!

To cut to the chase and for those who don’t want to read the entire review of Lucky247 then, yes, it generally gets a thumbs-up from me. But then again, most Microgaming casinos do. It’s always hard to know when a new Microgaming casino arrives on the scene just how it will fare – look at Casino Creed and Purple Lounge as examples of Microgaming casinos that disappeared overnight – but the signs seem good.

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Immortal Romance vs Thunderstruck 2.

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Immortal Romance slot vs Thunderstruck 2It’s been a couple of months now since Microgaming released their Immortal Romance slot based on the same engine that drove Thunderstruck 2 and if I’m honest it took me a while (I play both of these slot machines at the excellent 32Red) to make up my mind in it. But now I have and I’ve worked out why someone might prefer Immortal Romance over Thunderstruck 2 and vice versa. For the record, I’m in the vice versa camp!

Initially I assumed – along with others I suspect – that Immortal Romance was going to be a clone of Thunderstruck 2 but it isn’t – not quite anyway. There are two major differences: firstly in the way the free spin features play out and secondly (and definitely more importantly) in volatility! In fact you could argue there is a third: the bet limits are different (see my Immortal Romance Bet Limits article for more info if you like to high-roll).

While you might class Thunderstruck 2 as ‘low-medium’ variance, the Immortal Romance slot is more ‘medium-high’. This is where it gets odd for me because I’m normally a huge fan of “high variance” slots like Great Blue and the original Thunderstruck so I would have expected to prefer Immortal Romance to Thunderstruck 2 but there you go.

Initially it looks as if the key to the higher variance in Immortal Romance is the way the reels are laid out, with the wild symbols falling next to “picture” symbols rather than “number” symbols (10-Ace as in Thunderstruck 2). But in addition to this, the “Wild Vine” random wild reel feature also appears to have become a modified version of Thunderstruck 2′s “Wildstorm” – modified in so much as it seems less frequent but awards bigger wins (I’m generalising here – doesn’t always pan out that way!).

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Thunderstruck II Slot – Imminent!

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In May 2010, Microgaming have pencilled in the release of the new Thunderstruck II slot which will be eagerly awaited by online slots players I’m sure. Well…it is by me anyway LOL. A new microsite, dedicated to the Thunderstruck II slot has been launched where the first screenshots will be available to view.

All we know at this stage is that it will look and feel very different to the original. There are four different types of free spins bonus and 243 payline in the style of IGT’s Multiway system. Early indicators suggest it will be more akin to the Tombraider 2 slot in the way it plays than the original, but we’ll have to wait and see…

Unfortunately for USA residents, new Microgaming slots are not available to them because of the grey legal landscape surrounding online gambling in the States, but for everyone else, 32Red will undoubtedly have the game early doors.

Pre-release Special Offer: Ladbrokes have also announced that new players who signup and deposit £25 and turnover at least £150 on the original Thunderstruck slot in April 2010 will receive 50 free spins on Thunderstruck II as soon as it is launched.

More information when I get it.