Taking on a beloved brand or franchise is always a little risky for the gaming industry, as when tastes change or fads pass the spin-off economy always gets hit hard. This Game of Thrones offering from Microgaming might go a fair way to insulating itself from this though, with its truly solid gameplay and features. As the commissioning of this 243 ways to win version confirms, the demand for the GoT brand is still going strong.
Presented over a 5 x 3 setup, with 243 ways to win on this version (as opposed to the 15 ways of the standard version - also available on our site), the slot takes its look and feel directly from the hit TV show, that helpfully lends a range of characters and symbols taking their inspiration from the Westeros Houses, and that unforgettable soundtrack.
Playing the game
Fans of the series will enjoy the process of choosing your desired Westeros House, you’ll then continue through the game with your alliance on a journey to big wins. You can regulate coin size and the amount of coins a single bet is worth, these can be changed using the plus and minus on the bet button.
Those who like to let the slot do the hard work can choose the autoplay feature, simply set the number of times you wish to spin and the game will take control after you hit the spin button. Each time you bag a win the gamble feature will come into play, but it’s optional and risky as you might expect.
The main features explained
Get at least two throne symbols across the reels and you receive a random cash prize worth up to 1200 EUR or equivalent should you get as many as five throne symbols. Three or more throne symbols will get you into the free spins feature. You’ll be given a selection between Baratheon, Lannister, Stark or Targaryen in order to continue.
Baratheon spins award eight spins with a 5x multiplier and three stacking stag symbols. Lannister spins award ten spins with a 4x multiplier and four stacking lion symbols. Stark spins award 14 spins with a 3x multiplier and five symbol stack. Targaryen spins award 18 spins with a 2x multiplier and a 6 symbol stack.
The wild is depicted as a Game of Thrones logo, appearing in either the base game or the free spins features, it can also stack. It substitutes all other symbols, except for the Throne scatter as is usual.
As already briefly mentioned there’s the gamble feature, which becomes available after each win. A simple heads or tails choice will see you either double or lose your winnings, a loss also takes you back to the base game if you gamble from within a feature. These are notoriously risky and should be reserved for when you are feeling lucky or when you’re too drunk to care.
Overall, Game of Thrones is a stunning game, the graphics and animations really doing the franchise justice with rich colours and recognisable sequences. However, being of medium variance means that you don’t get as many wins as you might like, which is disappointing. We suspect that hardcore fans won’t care about this though, they’ll be too busy living their GoT fantasies.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring