A review of the Lord of the Rings slot game

"One ring to rule them all." When JRR Tolkien first coined this phrase in what is definitely one of the most popular book trilogies of all time, he may have hoped for, but probably did not anticipate, the cult following it would generate. The Lord of the Rings may have started as required reading for a Literature class, but it has now grown to be one of the highest-grossing movies of all time , with its own allied merchandising and promotional efforts.

Given its fame, it comes as no surprise that it would spill over to other forms of media and recreation, not least of which is online gaming. And with the continued popularity of classics like slot machines, it seems reasonable to assume that it would only be a matter of time before the two worlds meet. And thus was born the Lord of the Rings slots game.

It created as much excitement as the movie when it first came out, and just like in theaters, lines formed for the machines when they were debuted in casinos. Thankfully, it did not disappoint, whether in graphics, sound effects, bonuses or game play.

The online version may be slightly limited but it is still spectacular. Having been developed with the full cooperation of the film company, it features sound clips taken from the movie itself. And if you get a winning combination, portions of the movie will appear, adding to the thrill of the win.

The game features five reels and 243 pay lines, with two expanding wilds (the Lord of the Rings and the Eye of Sauron) and the scatter symbol of the one ring. Getting the scatter three or more times will trigger the bonus of 15 free spins. If you get another three scatter symbols during any of the free spins, still another batch of 15 will be added. You can thus get as many free spins, with no cap or limit.

Winning combinations may just give a pay out of two times and up to five times for the common symbols. However, be lucky enough to hit the rare Frodo character five times, and you get to enjoy the impressive 400x pay out. As if that was not enough, you can amass a whopping 1,900,000 coins by having stacked wilds. Pretty rare, true, but admittedly worth the hope and anticipation.

The Lord of the Rings online slots has certainly earned a rightful place in the franchise.