If you loved the iconic movie starring Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and - of course - Milo the dog, you will love finding them all on the reels of The Mask from NextGen Gaming. Featuring five reels and 20 paylines, The Mask is a great-looking slot that perfectly captures the mood of the film through cartoon-like graphics and clips of some of The Mask’s best lines. Released in 1994, the film was an instant hit and made huge stars out of Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz in her first movie. Bold, brash and incredibly funny, The Mask stole our hearts on screen - but can he do it again in slot form? Strap yourself in and get ready to spin on desktop, mobile or tablet - it’s party time! Read our full review below.
That’s a spicy meatball!
One of the things to love about NextGen's The Mask is the way it is peppered with quotes from the movie, which adds to the atmosphere and attention to detail. This continues through the graphics, which are brilliantly done because the developers secured the rights to the movie images. There are no half-hearted attempts to make the slot look a bit like the movie - Stanley, Tina, Milo and The Mask are all faithful to the film.
The base gameplay is set - like the movie - in Edge City, and the choice of transparent reels lets us see the skyline. Apart from the main characters, the paytable symbols include The Mask’s zoot suit hat, big bags of money, and the bonus symbols. This game does use generic card symbols; however, they are rendered in a jazzy cartoon style that means they sit really nicely alongside the other game symbols.
Can't make the scene if you don't have the green
So far, so smokin’!! There is also a great range of bets between 0.10 and 50.00 coins to suit casual gamers and high rollers alike. The circular spin button acts as your console, allowing you to bet up and down or go into autoplay mode. You can toggle sound on and off and decide in which position you want your spin button to appear. You will also access information on the paytable from the menu.
The lower paying card symbols return a top prize of 15 coins for five aces on a win line, while the money bags and the hat offer a top reward of 25 coins. Five Milos get you 50 coins, while five Tinas on a payline equal 75 coins. Stanley is the highest paying symbol, rewarding you with 100 coins for a full house of five symbols on a winning payline.
The Mask himself is the wild, substituting for other symbols to create new winning combinations; in addition, he pays out a maximum prize of 150 coins when five appear on a payline. The biggest payout is the bonus symbol - the entrance to the notorious Coco Bongo club will earn you 500 coins if you spin five symbols on a winning line. All wins pay left to right and right to left.
P, A, R, T - Y? Because I gotta!
One thing we love about The Mask is that it is packed with bonus features and you will be treated to clips from the movie whenever you spin those winning combinations.
Apart from The Mask wild, there are four randomly-triggered features that serve to boost your winnings. Two of these will randomly activate during a spin, while the other two can randomly occur after any base game spin:
- Alarm Clock feature: if the alarm clock starts bouncing around the reels and the hammer destroys it, you will find a 2x2 Mask wild added to the reels for some tasty payouts.
- In a Spin: if The Mask twirls across your reels like a whirlwind, he can randomly turn any other symbol except the Coco Bongo club bonus into a wild symbol on up to three reels.
- By the Horn feature: when The Mask appears and squeezes the horn after a completed spin, he can blow wilds onto up to five reels. The best thing of all is that this feature can keep retriggering.
- Mask Unmask: this time it is Milo who appears and randomly places The Mask over a 3x3 block of symbols, which then turn wild.
The real attraction of this brilliant slot is the free games bonus feature. You will trigger 10, 15 or 25 free games depending on whether you spin three, four or five scatter features.
The free games bonus is played inside the Coco Bongo club, and anything can happen! The four ransom features can all trigger more frequently, while landing the scatter on reels one or two turns into devilish masked Milo rewarding up to five extra free spins. Did we mention that the free spins bonus can be triggered indefinitely so long as you keep landing three or more bonus symbols?
Every win with a wild symbol gets a randomly-generated multiplier of between 2x and 5x for some really big bonus winds - well and truly smokin!!
Masked or unmasked?
If you love the movie like we did, you will love The Mask. It is a brilliant game that the developers have kept close to the original; in addition, they have added great features of their own that really magnify The Mask character and make him the centre of attention.
We can honestly say that the slot captures all the charm, comedy, mayhem and chaotic good fun of the original 90s movie. The graphics and soundtrack are brilliant, the gameplay is well thought through using the random wilds and multipliers, and there are some big rewards to be won - in the base game alone and definitely once you hit those free spins. If the reels and the multipliers fall right, you could be looking at 30,000x your stake on every free spin!
Would we recommend The Mask? There are plenty of slot game movie tie-ins out there, but this is one of the best. It plays beautifully on any platform thanks to HTML5 optimisation, which means you can have a cheeky spin anywhere you can access Online Slots NZ. You can play The Mask for free and enjoy all its unique features with just a Wi-Fi connection.
What we really love is the way the gameplay fits the style of the movie and the mask itself fits Stanley Ipkiss, so let it dip its ladle in your vichyssoise and have a smokin’ good time!
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