Being based in the UK, we had no idea coming into this review when the Day of the Dead actually was, but given Microgaming’s passion for timely releases, we had to assume that it was somewhere around now. As it turns out, Dia de Muertos is actually in October, so we can only assume that Microgaming either wanted a bright and colourful game to spruce up the range or simply fancied taking a shot at a direct competitor to IGT’s Day of the Dead. Either way, Beautiful Bones was born and it is definitely colourful – whether the gameplay and features stand out remains to be seen!
What to Expect
If you load the game up and are confronted with a screen full of playing card icons, you could be forgiven for assuming that this is never likely to be considered as a great-looking slot. We have to give credit where it is due, however, for the quality of the themed symbols, which are represented by human individuals in appropriate makeup. It is always pleasant to see Microgaming going with our favourite betting setup and they have done precisely that here with 243 ways to win being the order of the day and adjacent symbols being more than capable of coming together in winning combinations.
Beautiful Bones lacks a standard wild card, which is somewhat surprising on a game like this one, but that kind of action can come into play if players manage to land three matching symbols side by side. A wild card will simply take the place of the central symbol in the triggering combination and a free respin will then be awarded, giving players a chance to make as much use out of that wild as possible.
Just as the wilds are somewhat unconventional on this game, the same can also be said of the scatters. Rather than hitting a certain number on the screen at the same time, players will instead be looking to collect skull scatters to fill a meter. When the meter reaches ten, you can opt to enter the free spins round with ten spins and a three times multiplier. However, you might opt instead to play on and collecting twenty skulls will launch the round with fifteen spins and a four times multiplier. Finally, you may opt to stick around for even longer for thirty skulls in the meter, at which point the round has grown in size to eighteen free games and a five times multiplier.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We enjoyed the flexibility of the bonus round on Beautiful Bones although we have to admit to being rather greedy with it, opting to take the spins as soon as they became available each and every time. However, there is still no getting away from the fact that this is still a pretty standard 243 ways slot with free spins and a multiplier, and the complexity of the wild card can be seen as a con just as easily as pro. Overall, this is a pretty average mobile slot with some nice touches, and will generally appeal only to big Microgaming fans.