Game of Thrones
It is hard to overstate the power of the cult-hit TV drama series Game of Thrones, nor the growing popularity of the series of novels that the show is based on. This title, licensed for production by Microgaming, offers jackpots in amounts equal to the epic storyline and status of the TV series.
Game of Thrones by Microgaming is a 243 Ways-style online slot machine with five reels and three vertical rows of symbols. 243 Ways games don’t use paylines; instead, three or more matching symbols from left to right, on any vertical or horizontal line, is a winning combo. This style of play is popular among a variety of game designers; Microgaming has more than few in their library, of which Game of Thrones could be the most-hyped of all. The fan-base of the show is just that rabid.
But there are other features besides potentially huge jackpots and a cool license that make this title worth a look for online and mobile slots fans. For starters, players begin the game by selecting from one of four clans, taken from the show, each with their own set of multipliers, special symbols, and bonus chances. It makes the slot endlessly replay-able, entertaining, and even a little bit vulnerable to strategy.
That’s because players can pick the clan that best represents what they’re looking for in a slots game. Some clans make scatter symbols (and random cash prizes) more likely, others offer 2x or 5x multipliers more often, etc. This won’t change your chances of winning any, but it does allow you to tailor the game to your desired experience, or just your favorite Westeros clan.
Game of Thrones slot
Coins Range:0.30 to $150
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:8/5x
Bettors can stake between $0.30 – $6.00 per coin on Game of Thrones, and from one to twenty-five coins total per spin. Total betting range: $0.30 – $150 for every spin of the reels. Because this title uses the 243 Ways method of determining winnings, there’s no need to calculate payline bets into this figure.
It was difficult to find specific payout percentage details for this game, as Microgaming is known to not allow that information to be public, at least from their own website. You can find out about some games, but not Game of Thrones. Reviews I found online estimate the payout percentage at just 94%.
At an average of 600 hands per hour, a player betting the minimum wager of $0.30 stands to lose $10.80 from a total outlay of $180. This is a below-average payout rate that means players will notice more losses if they play the game regularly.
The reasoning for the lower-than-average payout percentage is the higher-than-average fixed and bonus jackpots available at the high end. The top jackpot is 121,000 credits, or $726,000. That prize is triggered by siding with the correct clan and spinning five scatter symbols in a row. During the bonus games, the top prize available is 1,000,000 coins (based on a 4x multiplier), which could be a jackpot of as much as $6 million. This is triggered under specific in-game conditions; read the in-game rules about bonus games for more details.
Tons of bonus features are packed into this title. Here’s a breakdown of each of them.
The bonuses acquired by being loyal to one of four houses is triggered by the appearance of three scatter symbols on any left-to-right line. These are free spin features, with different numbers of spins and multiplier amounts. It’s complex, but also potentially very lucrative.
House Baratheon – Offers just eight free spins, but at a huge 5x multiplier. It’s also a bit easier to earn the multiplier, since only four Baratheon symbols are required for the bonus to trigger.
House Lannister – Offers a total of ten free spins, with a big 4x multiplier on each spin.
House Stark – Fourteen free spins, a 3x multiplier during those spins, and the chance to join the direwolves with Game of Throne’s winter clan.
House Targaryen – Offers the largest number of free spins of all houses, but just a 2x multiplier for all those free tries.
Gamble Feature – The player can double all winnings (on every round) with the flip of a Westeros-era coin. Not only are winnings doubled by a successful gamble, but the win triggers a mini-game involving moving a character along a map of creatures from the world of Game of Thrones. Rewards during this game include multipliers and free spin prizes.
The game is available for smartphone, tablet, and other mobile device displays, but the experience isn’t quite the same, if just because of the limitations of the display of these devices. It is convenient to have mobile access, mostly at casinos aimed at Western Europe, but the full experience can only be had on a laptop or desktop computer screen.
This is one of the better Microgaming titles I’ve ever played. It makes me want to like Microgaming more. The bonuses are varied and I sat and played a pretend-money version for a solid hour. I lost about $100, but only because I gambled a little too much, since the money wasn’t real.
The existence of a mobile Game of Thrones slot makes playing this fun new licensed title easy – and what commute wouldn’t be improved by a little GoT – but you really have to try the game on a laptop or desktop for the complete experience.