As you’d hope from a movie tie-in slot game from a developer liked Microgaming, plenty of effort has been put into the design of Highlander. Set amid swirling clouds in the Scottish Highlands, the reels include lower value playing cards and 5 of the main characters from the film. The most rewarding of the standard symbols is of course Christopher Lambert as Connor Macleod. The Highlander logo is the wild, replacing everything bar the scatter. Winning combinations are created by landing the same symbol on adjacent reels.
The game comes with 2 special extras. Land 2 scatters on any base game spin and they will transform from scatters into wilds – this is known as the 2 Scatters feature.
Land 3 scatters and you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature – here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. Helping your winning chances here are Quickening Wilds – every time a lightning bolt strikes, wilds are added to the reels. The number of wilds added increases with each lightning strike. The lightning bolts strike at random.
As far as volatility goes, Highlander sits in the medium range – you can expect a nice balance between frequency and size of payouts. It does offer top payouts of 1,400 times your stake on every spin.
Highlander has spawned 4 sequels and a TV series. It’s fair to say they’ve been a bit of a mixed bag as far as quality is concerned. How does this slot game adaptation stack up then? Well not bad as it goes. The visuals are as high-end as you’d expect from a high-profile movie collaboration and the 1980s rock soundtrack will have players of a certain age purring.
There’s isn’t a huge variety on offer on the features front. The wild scatters can certainly in the base game. It’s in the Free Spins feature where the action really picks. Get on a roll with those wild lightning strikes and the Highlander can deliver some crackling action. If you like movie tie-ins, I recommend Halloween, also by Microgaming, and The Matrix, by Playtech.