PlayTech's Marvel Slots are a Must-Play - More on the Marvel Slots Range Here!
The good news is that there are plenty of DC Comics superhero slots, the amazing Age of the Gods range and plenty of movie tie-ins still available.
Find out about them in my (very) detailed guide to PlayTech Online Slots.
Unless you’ve lived in a bubble for the past seven or eight years, you’ll have noticed that there have there have been a host of movies released based upon the Marvel Comics. Under the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ franchise, ‘Iron Man’ was the first to be released in 2008 and has been followed by such blockbusters as ‘The Incredible Hulk’, ‘Thor’ and ‘The Avengers’. There is no letting up with these films, as the schedule shows that new movies are already planned. This film franchise has seen a number of spin offs, including TV series, books, short films and of course the slot series!
Software developers PlayTech have produced a wide range of Marvel slots and head to any PlayTech powered casino and you’ll see that these games take center stage. The early games in the series are based upon the comic book stories, but the latter slots are all about these movies, featuring film clips and bonuses based on the biggest scenes. All of these slots are linked by a pooled Jackpot, so you’ll contribute to the Jackpot pool whichever Marvel game you are playing at any of the PlayTech powered casinos. There are actually four Jackpots on offer at these, with the ‘Ultimate Power’ the largest.
In this article I start by detailing the Jackpot, explaining how you’ll actually go about winning the big one and discuss some of the amounts on offer. Then I move onto the slots themselves, listing each and finish by picking out the three Marvel slots that particularly stand out. You can find the full range of Marvel Slots (along with 100's of others from PlayTech, IGT and other software providers) over at the Ladbrokes Casino - see www.ladbrokes.com for the latest deals.
The Marvel Slot Jackpots
The four Jackpots you can win are the ‘Power’, the ‘Extra Power’, the ‘Super Power’ and the largest of all in the ‘Ultimate Power’. These are seeded at €50, €500, €5,000 and €100,000 respectively, making these amounts the minimum you can win, although they will go much higher. An illustration of this is the fact that the average payout amount for the Ultimate Power Jackpot is almost €500,000, with the highest payout ever of €852,000. Although incredibly large, this Jackpot is won on a much more regular basis than rival big money payouts, with somebody in the world bagging the big money approximately once every nine weeks.
You’ll enter the Jackpot round randomly after any spin, although you’ll have more chance of entering the round the higher the stakes you play for. The Jackpot screen shows twenty tiles, with the four Jackpot amounts down the right hand side of the screen. You’ll click on each tile in turn and reveal one of the four Jackpots, continuing until you reveal the same Jackpot three times, at which point that Jackpot is yours!
The Full PlayTech Marvel Slots Range
The great thing about the Marvel slot range is that it isn’t static, as when a new movie comes out, along comes a new slot! At time of writing there are currently fifteen slots based upon the franchise, although some of these games have two versions with differing amounts of win lines, so you could increase that number, as the versions do play differently.
Here is a rundown of the Marvel Games:
Avengers - 20 lines
Blade - 20 lines
Captain America - 20 lines
Daredevil - 20 lines
Elektra - 20 lines
Fantastic Four - both 20 lines and 50 lines
Ghost Rider - 20 lines
Iron Man - 25 lines
Iron Man 2 - 25 lines
Iron Man 3 - 25 lines
Spiderman - 25 lines
The Incredible Hulk - both 25 lines and 50 lines
Thor The Mighty Avenger - 30 lines
Wolverine - 25 lines
X-Men - both 25 lines and 50 lines
Marvel Games Highlights
Picking out the best of this bunch is no easy task, as each and every game is highly playable, so I’d certainly recommend playing all of them. However, if you told me the world was going to end unless I played three of these slots and even the Avengers were powerless to stop it, I’d choose the following three!
The Incredible Hulk Slot
On the reels of this Hulk based slot you’ll find the Hulk himself alongside a helicopter, a police car, a radioactive symbol and a jar of green liquid. You’ll also find a ‘smash’ bonus symbol on reels one and five and land both of these and the fun begins! You’ll be taken to a screen featuring seven police cars and you’ll fling a fire hydrant towards them, revealing cash prizes, before downing a helicopter for a multiplier. You might even be lucky enough to trigger the Hulk rage feature, where he will smash the lot (this game is worth playing simply for this experience!). You’ll also find a free spins round and expanding wilds – the action comes thick and fast.
On the reels of this game you’ll find Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and Captain America, alongside the S.H.I.E.L.D logo and the Avengers logo. There is no doubt that the highlight of this game is the ‘Wall of Heroes’ feature round. This feature works a little like the Jackpot round, although here you’ll reveal either one of the four Avengers, each giving you a unique free spins round. For example, Thor gives you 9 free spins with between 1 and 5 added wilds, while Captain America gives you a random multiplier of between 1x and 5x after each spin. Hit Loki on the ‘Wall of Heroes’ however and the round is over. As an added bonus, should you line up the four Avengers and Nick Fury on consecutive reels, you’ll gain a nice 200x your line bet bonus!
Iron Man 3 Slot
When playing Iron Man 3 you are met by a series of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits on the reels, alongside his adversary in Mandarin. The Iron Man logo is the wild and the scatter is the title of the slot. Land three of these scatters and you’ll enter the highlight of the game which revolves around the three body suits. The Mark 42 suit gives you 10 free spins with freezing wilds, the War Machine suit gives you eight free games and random wilds, while the Iron Patriot suit gives you 15 free games with a dynamic multiplier. You’ll also find an ‘All Systems Go’ re-spin when landing the three different suits on reel 1, 3 and 5.
Where to Play Marvel Slots
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