Beautiful Bones is a new game that was just released by Microgaming, and it is an unusual one, mostly because of its theme. The title refers to the characters that appear on the reels, with skulls painted on their faces, making them look like attendants for a day of the dead, or some similar carnival. This slot machine provides us with 243 chances to win each round, while you’re spinning 5x3 reels. The game can pay up to $7,500. Among its features, you will eventually discover the three types of free spins with the different multiplier values, but also the scatter symbols, wilds and stacked symbols. There is also a Wild Spin Again feature.
Pretty much all slot machines that use ways to win will change things up when it comes to the betting system. It’s also the case here, where you’re going to have to place a wager on the equivalent of 30 lines, not on all 243. You start off from a minimum wager of $0.30 per spin, so $0.01 per line. You can take this wager up to $150 if you want to, where each line would get $5.
The game appears to be inspired by a carnival organized in the name of the dead, at least that’s the impression that it’s giving us with its design. Most of the characters found on the reels are ladies which have white skulls painted on their faces, with black around the eyes. They look ready to take part in a dance though, since they’re dressed elegantly. Things like hearts and red roses also have appearances in symbols or in the background. For the final half a dozen symbols, the choice was made to give us the Royals from 9 to A, and designed with a couple of extra flourishes to them, so they’re not basic looking. Beautiful Bones has an original theme, but that’s not all it offers. There is a high quality design in place, which is true of most of the symbols and of all surrounding graphics. You will find the carnival atmosphere easily visible in the background, where there is confetti everywhere, placed against an image colored in purple. The amount of detail that Microgaming built into this slot machine makes it a fun choice for any player.
I’d say that the features are an important part of Beautiful Bones, since they bring variety to the gameplay and they can be quite fun and different from the regular ones. We should start with the Wild Heart symbol, which is the most basic of the offered features, even though it’s very useful. You can use these Wild Hearts as substitutes for all the other symbols that are trying to form combinations, which is something that the scatter obviously doesn’t do. The feature called Wild Spin Again will require that you have three symbols of a kind, either lined up vertically or horizontally. When this happens, you get one free spin, where the central symbol position is transformed into a wild. The scatter symbol in this case is the one which has the image of the Sugar Skull on it, surrounded by roses and sporting the Scatter logo at the bottom. These scatters are present on the reels 1 and 5. When they appear there, you will find that they are collected into a Sugar Skull Meter, which is found on the left side of the screen. Your first chance to trigger the free spins comes when you have 10 collected Sugar Skulls. If you trigger the feature then, you will receive 10 free spins with wins multiplied by 3x. If you wait it out longer, and you reach 20 collected Sugar Skulls, you can trigger 15 free spins at a 4x multiplier for all wins. Keep waiting, and once you reach 30 Sugar Skulls in the meter you will automatically receive 18 free spins where wins are multiplied by 5x. One other thing to mention about the game’s features is that the three ladies with the skulls painted on their faces will be stacked on the middle three reels. These three symbols are the ones that pay the most.
The regular jackpot of Beautiful Bones comes from one of the three Lady symbols, when five identical ones form a combination. All three symbols can pay the same amount, up to $1,500 if you have a line filled with them. The only way to increase this prize is through the multiplier from the free spins, which can reach 5x, and so you can get $7,500 from a combo at most. The game is announced as having an average RTP of 97% according to most sources, which is a very good number for such a slot machine.
Beautiful Bones has the theme, design, features and average RTP to convince any player that it is worth playing. Microgaming has done a very good job with this particular slot machine.