Victorian ghost hunting duo Thurmingham and Carstairs are the main characters in Microgaming’s Phantom Cash, a steampunk gothic-inspired online slots game. The hauntings and hunting takes place across five reels and 25 paylines.
Here, players will find not only the daring duo, but also various ghosts and other symbols. These form combinations on the paylines, and could bring wins or trigger the game’s bonus feature.
Ghoulish graphics and sound effects add to the eerie atmosphere of this game.
Symbols on the Reels
The symbols that appear on the reels of Phantom Cash online slots include various characters from the game’s storyline, and standard playing card symbols.
These symbols appear on the reels against a backdrop of cogs, levers, pipes, and other machinery; a reflection of the Victorian obsession with industry and engineering.
The reel symbols include red, yellow, green, and blue phantoms in period dress, Thurmingham, Carstairs, a haunted mansion, and nine, 10, J, Q, K, and A.
The two ghost hunters and the mansion function as special symbols, while the highest paying symbol is the red ghost dressed as a general. If more than one winning combination appears on a payline, only the highest-paying combination will be paid out.
Two Wild Symbols
Like some pokies in NZ, Phantom Cash features not one, but two wild symbols, and they can both act as multipliers. These symbols are heroes of the story, Thurmingham and Carstairs.
The former only appears on the first reel, and the latter only on the fifth reel.
These symbols will substitute for all others except the haunted mansion scatter symbol, to form winning combinations on the reels. If either of these wild symbols forms part of a winning combination through substitution, that payout will be doubled.
Haunted Mansion Scatter Symbol
Phantom Cash online slots’ scatter symbol, the haunted mansion, is unlike the other reel symbols in that it can form winning combinations anywhere on the reels. It does not have to appear from left to right.
Three or more of these appearing on the reels will bring scatter wins, which will be added to wins from the base game. Three or more of these symbols will also trigger the free spins game, which includes the unique Ghost Zap feature.
Ghost Zap Free Spins Feature
When three or more scatter symbols trigger the free spins round in Phantom Cash online slots, the Ghost Meter at the top of the screen will be activated and set to eight.
This is the number of ghosts players need to capture during this round, so the free spins will continue until the number has been reduced to zero.
When Thurmingham appears on the first reel, or Carstairs on the fifth reel, at the same time as one of the ghosts, that ghost will be captured. The Phantom Cash Ghost Meter number will be adjusted, and the player will receive a prize of double the total bet. If the two wilds appear in the same row, the player will receive a prize of quadruple the total bet.
The free spins round will be retriggered and the Ghost Meter be reset to eight if three or more haunted mansions appear on the reels.