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Rewrite the history of Westeros with this Microgaming slot, inspired by the hit HBO TV show of the same name, in the Game Of Thrones 243 Ways slot game. As the name of the slot suggests, there are an incredible 243 paylines neatly wrapped up in 5 reels by 3 rows. The monumental success of the show was something that simply could not be ignored by online casinos and Microgaming released this title in the prime of the TV shows lifetime in between season 4 and 5 back in December of 2014.
Presenting players with a neat and clear user interface, Game Of Thrones 243 Ways has a lot of nice options and features that let you optimise your experience in the game. Clicking on the ‘coin stack’ symbol allows you to customise your bet amount from £0.30 up to £6 with the slider or preset amount options. Furthermore, there is also the ‘max’ button to instantly raise your bet to the maximum £6. There is also a ‘lightning bolt’ button that speeds up the animations of your rounds, which is something that would be great to see in all modern slot games. Of note is also the ‘upwards arrow’ icon that lets you view your top 5 wins on the game, as well as your recent wins, so you can look back at your activity. Another feature that would be great to see across all new releases.
Game Of Thrones 243 Ways chooses to focus on the great houses of Westeros, rather than the heroes of the show. You will therefore come across symbols representing House Baratheon, Stark, Lannister and Targaryen, as well as the notorious Iron Throne, which represents the scatter symbol. The Wild symbol is represented by the Game of Thrones logo and offers the highest win multiplier out of any symbol. All of the symbols are well designed and instantly recognisable for any fans of the show. The game claims the possibility to win up to 121,000 coins from stacked wilds in both the base game and the bonus spin rounds.
The sound design is particularly noteworthy in Game Of Thrones 243 Ways, as Microgaming managed to secure licensing for the main theme song of the TV series as well. This works great for getting the player immersed in the slot and adds to the feeling of excitement for entering this captivating world. Landing on a winning combination of each of the great houses also provides a unique musical sting based on the TV series’ score. Every winning round also comes with a nice animation that provides a justling of coins as the winnings are added to your balance. Overall Microgaming have proven once again that they value the positive impact that great audio can have towards increasing the enjoyment of playing one of their slots.
Landing on 3,4 or 5 scatter symbols (The Iron Throne) unlocks the ability for the player to pick one of the great houses to side with. House Baratheon offers 8 bonus spins with a 5 times win multiplier, House Lannister providers 10 bonus spins with a 4 times multiplier, whereas Stark offers a multiplier of 3 times on 14 bonus spins and finally House Targaryen delivers 18 bonus spins at a multiplier of 2 times. All of the houses also offer additional special prizes for landing on a certain amount of their house’s symbols during these bonus rounds.
Game Of Thrones 243 Ways is a slot that is a definite must for fans of the TV series and books, as Microgaming have designed a sleek and simple to understand slot game that really takes great advantage of their secured license. With the excellent original score and artwork in place, this is all achieved without the need to focus on specific characters or spoilers and instead by focusing on the great houses of Westeros they have managed to give players the opportunity to back their favourite house when achieving the bonus spins round. Even for those who may not have seen or been a fan of the books or series, there's a great incentive to give it a try with the 243 paylines offered.