One of the most famous operas has been brought to life in the latest online slot release from NetEnt; The Phantom’s Curse and it is sure to send shivers down your spine with the bonus features it has on offer.
Play this wonderful adaptation of The Phantom’s Curse via desktop or mobile, where lust, love, romance and sorrow determine the fate of the main characters Erik and Christine.
Head to the opera house and watch as the chilling goings-on take place and you could benefit greatly from it.
Play from 20p to a high roller £200 per spin in this 5 reel, 40 pay line setup and wait for the wilds, scatters, free spins, a bonus game, multipliers and re-spins to fall into place.
How it works
You will find the slot machine set within the stunning walls of the Palais Garnier.
An empty audience sits behind the reels and the 5×4 grid of symbols floats freely mid-air, like the Phantom.
An eerie smoke fills the lower screen to give a better gaming experience, but the symbols on the reels are where the plot plays out, not the stage.
The symbols on the reels are in-keeping with the theme, so you will find Christine, Erik a dagger, roses, mirrors and more.
Use the control panel to the lower screen to set your bets, this can be achieved by adjusting the bet level and the coin value.
The Phantom (Erik) is the highest paying symbol 5 of a kind will award a 200x multiplier, which can be worth as much as 160,000 coins.
Christine offers half that of the Phantom with 100x your stake for a win line full of symbols.
Medium value symbols include the golden ring with a 60x multiplier, yellow rise with a 50x multiplier and the mirror and dagger both with a 40x multiplier.
During the base game, reels 1 and 5 can contain stacked symbols, there are three types; the Phantom appears on reel 1 while Christine and the mask can appear on reel 5.
The masked Phantom is the wild symbol, which replaces all other symbols (bar scatter and bonus) to help create wins.
When a stacked Phantom lands on reel 1 and a stacked Christine falls on reel 5, you trigger the pick and click bonus feature.
There are two stages to this bonus feature and you simply pick from the 8 roses in stage 1 to win cash and in stage two, the mirrors will provide a multiplier up to 3x on your winnings.
Masked Phantom re-spins take place when a stacked Phantom falls on reel 1 and a stacked mask falls on reel 5, these stacked symbols turn into wilds whilst reels 2, 3 and 4 spins.
Land a chandelier symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 to get your hands on free spins.
Watch for the rope during free spins, because it is attached to all 5 of your reels and keeps the chandelier hanging on the ceiling.
When you spin in a Phantom on each of the reels, the rope is cut and when all 5 ropes are cut, your free spins end and the chandelier falls.
An introduction to the Phantom of the Opera
We have Frenchman Gaston Leroux to thank for the wonderful Phantom of the Opera, because way back in 1909, the talented writer created this unique novel which was inspired by historical events that he had witnessed at the Paris Opera in the nineteenth century.
The popularity of the story has grown and grown over the decades, with various stage and film adaptations and now, online slot machines.
So, if you are unfamiliar with The Phantom of the Opera (where have you been?), it follows the story of a rumoured haunted opera palace in 1890’s Paris.
The story starts with a young stagehand who is infatuated with the possibility of an unknown entity (aka the Phantom), that he starts to gossip about him to the corps de ballet.
Shortly after this boastful conversation, the stagehand is found hanged and the finger of suspicion starts to fall on the Phantom.
Christine Daae, a young Swedish soprano arrives at the venue to perform under the leading soprano; Carlotta. Instantly, her talent was recognised and the show was a huge success.
He childhood friend Raoul tries to declare his undying love for her, by creeping towards her room, but the sound of a male voice startles him because he could find nobody else in the room.
Christine tells Raoul that the voice he heard was the Angel of Music that was sent by her deceased father to tutor her, but he believes it to be a prank and leaves her feeling annoyed.
At her father’s graveside, Christine hears a violin, she turns to find a mysterious figure nearby playing a stunning tune, Raoul appears and tries to confront the mysterious figure, only to be knocked out from his actions.
The story continues
The story continues at the Palais Garnier (opera house), where a letter arrives addressed to the management.
Once opened, they discover that the Phantom is demanding that Christine play the leading role of Marguerite in Faust, but not only that, box 5 must be empty for him to enjoy the performance. The terms state that if they do not adhere to his demands, he will place a curse upon the play.
As usual, the management had better ideas and refused to listen to the demands of the Phantom. When the curtains are about to fall for the performance, Carlotta couldn’t speak and the chandelier fell from the ceiling and into the audience, thus killing the new concierge.
The Phantom had abducted Christine from her room and now revealed himself as Erik, he tells her that he is the one that has been tutoring her, but she grabs his mask and to their horror, his face that has sunken is on display.
The Phantom fears that she will leave him, so he wants to keep her forever, but after a fortnight, she wants to leave. The Phantom pushes a ring on her finger and asks her to be faithful to him. Christine flees to the roof and asks Raoul to help her getaway, but the Phantom is listening.
The last performance
On her last performance (a bit of a goodbye to him), Erik kidnaps Christine and says he will kill everyone in the opera house with explosives unless she agrees to marry him.
To save the souls of her friends and the audience, Christine agrees to marry him and before Erik can attempt to kill Raoul and the Persian for their crimes, Christine pledges that she would never attempt to kill herself once married.
Later when alone, Erik removes his mask to Christine and is surprised when she kisses him back, both shed tears of happiness.
The story ends when Erik tells Christine that she must return the ring he gifted her when he dies, the Persian must report his death to the papers – which he does, then Christine buries him where he would never be found.