In 2011, the Paul Feig directed Bridesmaids was one of the unexpected film successes of the year. The story of the trials and tribulations of the bride Lillian and her five bridesmaids provided film fans with one of the comedic highlights of the year.
Fast-forward four years and after tying up a deal to bring you a new range of film tie-in slots, Microgaming have finally released the new Bridesmaids slot and one thing is sure, it has certainly been worth the wait.
As you would expect from the title of the film and the slot, the five bridesmaids, plus the blushing bride, are the driving force of the game. The bridesmaids, Annie, Helen, Megan, Rita and Becca plus the bride Lillian are each stacked across the reels and these act as the in game high symbols offering the higher base game wins.
The four playing card symbols, club, spade, heart and diamond are the in game low symbols but what really makes this game stand out to other Microgaming games is that it is an unusual 5x4 slot, which boasts 40 fixed paylines on each spin. That does give the slot a very different look and feel to the usual 5x3 game which may well appeal to slot enthusiasts looking for a fresh challenge.
Spins can start at just 0.40 per spin, though higher stakes players can opt to spend up to 60.00 per spin, which gives the Bridesmaids slot a great range of stakes to suit all levels of player. There's an Autoplay button which allows punters to relax and let the game take care of itself for a pre-determined number of spins.
The base game plays well enough with frequent small-scale wins keeping the action rolling along and at various random points in the game, a character or two will appear at the side of the reels along with a funny line or exchange taken directly from the film. Again, this breaks up the base game quite nicely and keeps you playing with a smile on your face.
The in game wild is the Bridesmaids symbol and this is stacked on all reels and can substitute for any symbol, excluding the Scatter symbol, to help create a winning line. Land five of the wild symbols on any of the 40 payline and you could win a base game top prize of up to 900 coins, depending on the size of your initial wager.
The key to the many added features of the game however is the Scatter symbol. This is one of Annie's famous cupcakes, decorated with a beautiful pink flower. Two or more Cupcakes wins you a cash prize, but trigger three or more and you are taken to the main focus of the sub-game, the Bonus Wheel.
Your first task on the Bonus Wheel is to pick a Cupcake Booster which immediately rewards you by increasing the size of the prizes on the wheel by a multiplier. A Pink cupcake increases pink cash prizes, a blue increases all blue prizes, a mixture of both increases all cash prizes and if you hit the final cupcake type, you can have a further two wheel pointers on your spin. Once the Cupcake Booster has been applied to the cash prizes on the wheel, the wheel is then spun and you can win one of 15 prizes.
There are 10 cash prizes available, which offer you a multiplier of your base game win to trigger the bonus, this can be a massive multiplier (60x is not uncommon) or considerably less depending on the outcome of the spin. Once you trigger this win, then the Bonus Round ends.
The other big cash prize here is the Wedding Jackpot, which awards a single, large cash prize to the lucky winner.
The other four slots activate one of the four special bonus games that are a key feature of the slot. Two of these games are free-spins based offerings, with the other two games being selection games where the user reveals symbols to win prizes.
The first bonus game is Flying High Free Spins and this awards the player 10 Free Spins and has Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds active on the reels. With Rolling Reels, as the winning symbols disappear off the screen the symbols above them slide down and this can create multiple wins from a single spin.
Growing Wild sees the stacks of Wilds across the reel increase by one on each spin, meaning by the final spin, you can have Wilds stacked 13 symbols high across the reels.
The second free spins based game is Friendship Free Spins which sees 10 free spins awarded and all wins in this bonus round pay right to left as well as left to right. Furthermore, Annie's symbol is stacked on reels 1 and 2, Annie's rival bridesmaid Helen is stacked on Reels 4 and 5, with Liliam the bride stacked on Reel 3, but in this game, Lilian's symbol acts as a Wild for Annie or Helen's symbols.
The two selection games start with Boutique Bonus, which is a simple selection game where the player has to reveal each of the Bridesmaids to reveal a cash prize. Beware as if you match the bride Lillian, then you will end this round. Two bridesmaids in this round are randomly assigned a multiplier bonus too which can increase your winnings significantly.
The final game is the Magic Moments Bonus which is a selection game based on a wedding photo album. Pick the right magic moments in the album and you win a cash prize, however if you select the picture of the carrot, the bonus ends.
With so many features, film and audio taken from the film cropping up in the bonus scenes, random snippets of audio from the film in the base game and regular wins, plus the chance to win up to 105,000 coins, Bridesmaids is a fantastic slot that you won't want to miss.
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