Before we review Microgaming's Deadmau5 slot, we should share something with you. We are more in trap and hip hop than Electronic Dance Music. We know that there are many well-known hip hop DJs like Metro Boomin, AraabMuzik, DJ Khaled, etc. We love Drake as well. And it ends there.
We had also heard vaguely from Deadmau5, but mainly because we recognized that characteristic Mickey Mouse helmet. A fun and eye-catching gimmick, but we don't know his music, nor will we ever discover it. Just not our thing, you know.
Are you the world's biggest fan of Canadian producer slash DJ Deadmau5? Please forgive us in advance. Don't know, don't care. Of course we can tell you something about the online slot Deadmau5.
Microgaming manages to release another Football Star clone. We immediately got a deja vu feeling when we played the slot for the first time. Damn, this is a lot like Football Star, Cricket Star, Rugby Star, Basketball Star and Break Away. And then we must have forgotten a “Star” or two.
Microgaming has already milked this mathematical model, with the Rolling Reels, Win all Ways, stacked wilds and progressive multipliers in the past. But, it can always be leveraged a little a bit more: Deadmau5 is also a clone of all those sports slots.
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It shows an unprecedented laziness. You put so much effort into keeping a well-known name to you and then you come up with such an easy solution?
Clearly Deadmau5 is set in a hip club, one where only beautiful people come. In the background you can hear the pumping beats and rousing melodies that Deadmau5 is so famous for.
There are 243 ways to win, spread over 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols. The Rolling Reels mechanism is active, which means that winning combinations disappear to make way for new symbols. This can lead to chain reactions.
The wilds (the Deadmau5 symbol) are also stacked, so they should provide the big payouts. The variance of this slot is medium to high: you can take just over 2,000 x the bet. The theoretical payout percentage is not that great: 95.22%.
The Drop the Wild Feature is a mini feature, where a stacked wild is “dropped” on reels 2, 3 or 4. In addition, you are always guaranteed a winning combination.
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The disadvantage is that the Rolling Reels are deactivated with the Drop the Wild bonus.
To win the Free Spins Bonus, you have to spin three or more scatters. You then win a cash prize (maximum 250x the bet) and 15, 20 or 25 free spins. The amount of spins and the amount of the prize depends on the number of scatters that trigger the bonus.
A progressive multiplier is active during the free spins. After each winning combination, it goes up one step, up to a maximum of x10. As soon as no more winning combinations can be made, the multiplier is reset.
Well. We think DeadMau5 is an unnecessary release.
We already know the game mechanism and frankly: 10 years ago the Rolling Reels with stacked wilds may have been innovative, in 2020 it only looks hopelessly old-fashioned. Theme has also been implemented lazily. Of course there are four nice girls who are rocking on the dance floor. Because why bother to come up with something original?
Have you sucked enough?
To top it all off, the theoretical payout percentage is also significantly below par.
Conclusion: skip this dead mouse.