The 1980s film Highlander soon proved to a cult classic with audiences all across the world. Something about the rugged Scottish landscape, the mystery of a fantasy storyline, hooks you right in. Microgaming are well known for their branded slots (check out Jurassic World, or Phantom of the Opera to see what we’re talking about). And the Highlander slot is no different from the usual quality that the provider produces. Fans of Highlander will definitely fall in love with this slot. Players who have never heard of Highlander in their life will fall in love with the payouts. Highlander is of medium volatility, and is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot. It features Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins and Quickening Wilds. Oh, and it has an RTP rate of 96.4%. Explore the Highlands in the below slot review. You’re in for a story you’ll never be able to forget.
Medium volatility slot = consistent, average wins and less frequent big wins. Overall, given our experience playing this slot, the pay outs are actually pretty great.
Free Spins come with the ‘Quickening Wilds’ feature, which really increases the probability of landing big wins.
The maximum win is high at $102,500 (or up to 3416x your stake on each spin), it should make the average player very happy indeed.
On the other hand, medium volatility are often not exciting enough for highrollers who are looking for a fun time, and a little risk-taking.
Free Spins cannot be triggered, so players are limited to the 10 spins activated in the main game.
The graphics and design could be a little better, especially given that it is a branded slot.
|Reels and Paylines||5 reels, 243 ways to win|
|Game Features||Wilds, Scatters, Free Spins, Quickening Wilds|
|Range of Bet||$0.40 – $30.00|
|Coin Values||0.40, 0.80, 1.20, 1.60, 2.00, 2.40, 2.80, 3.20, 3.60, 4.00, 4.80, 5.20, 5.60, 6.00, 6.40, 8.00, 8.80, 10.00, 11.20, 12.00, 14.00, 18.00, 22.00, 26.00, 30.00|
|Maximum Win||Up to $102,500|
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Theme & Background
Originally, the film was based on the story by Gregory Widen. It was released in 1989 and smashed its way to success and popularity. It revolves around the life of one Connor McLeod, played by Christoper Lambert, in addition to about three other main characters: Heather McLeod, Brenda Wyatt and ‘The Kurgan’. The latter of these is the ‘baddie’ of our story, and he’s the one that Connor must defeat in the ultimate battle of good versus evil.
In Highlander, Connor is an immortal being who has lived from the time of 16th century Scotland, up until then modern-day New York. Connor is the last of a line of Highlanders who can only be killed by decapitation. He must kill the Kurgan, who in turn has been out for his life since their first battle back in the 16th. There are a lot of twists and turns in this tale, and it also includes a romantic subplot, making it a pretty entertaining film even today.
The slot is a great homage to the film. All the main characters are represented as symbols: Connor McLeod, Brenda Wyatt, Heather McLeod and the Kurgan. There are even two separate symbols for Connor McLeod – one of him in the past, and in the present. Each symbol is also animated so that whenever the player lands a win, they move about and their background changes.
Highlander is a 5 reels, 243 ways to win slot. Wins are awarded for left to right adjacent symbol combinations. When the slot loads, you’ll start off in the 16th century Highlands. And you’ll stay there for the most part, unless you trigger the free spins round. From there, you’ll be transported to New York City in the 80s.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes this slot so fun.
Explore Highlander Symbols
Wilds are the second highest paying symbol according to the pay table. Wild symbols can substitute for any other symbol on the reels, except for Scatter symbols. They help comprise winning combos, so that the player lands more frequent and more valuable wins.
Scatter symbols are multiplied by the total bet staked by the player, and they pay in any position they land on the reels. 2 Scatter symbols turn into a Wild symbol in the base game.
3 or more Scatter symbols triggers the Free Spins round. The player will automatically be rewarded with 10 free spins. Unfortunately, these cannot be retriggered during the free spins round itself. All bets and ways are played just the same as in the base game. So, if you’re spinning at a $10 wager in the base game, your free spins will have the same worth.
During the Free Spins, players will also have Quickening Wilds activated. This feature is potentially the most exciting from the whole video slot. During the free spins, lightning can strike the reels at any random point. The lightning turns symbols into Wilds no matter what position they have on the reels. Each time the Quickening Wilds strike, an increasing number of symbols are turned into Wilds.
Basically, this could cash in a ridiculous sum of cash for the player if you’re lucky enough. It could even lead to a whole screen of Wild symbols, which of course leads to a super win.
Payouts and Wagering Limits
The paytable above is based on the maximum $30 bet possible. Even on a $30 stake, the payouts are still extremely profitable for the player. For the 200 or so spins that we gave this thing, we got a respectable amount of return on it. A 5-of-a-kind Wild win, for example, cashes out $750. A 5-of-a-kind Scatter win pays out a massive $3000 win (always based on the $30 stake). Those are some significant wins.
Aside from payouts, the Highlander slot has an RTP of 96.4%, just the standard amount, and is of medium volatility. The hit frequency of the base game is pretty good from our first hand experience. However, the hit frequency for triggering the Free Spins isn’t that good. Of course, the important feature of this slot is that even the base game has high value payouts. The range of bet is between $0.40 and $30.
The Highlander slot captures the spirit of the film perfectly. Fans of the slots definitely won’t be able to resist. And iGaming fans won’t be able to resist the great payouts. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the rolling landscape of the highlands with this slot from Microgaming.