Fat Lady Sings
Fat Lady Sings is a colourful, fun, and definitely musical five-reel online slot by Microgaming. It features 25 pay-lines, and employs a host of exciting functions including wilds, scatters, free spins, gamble and a bonus round.
It has a comical operatic theme, and the title of the game refers to the three buxom songstresses who you’ll see on the reels, along with high-value playing cards and theatrical mask symbols. The game’s musical accompaniments include the noise of audience chatter as you spin the reels – very much akin to being in a theatre waiting excitedly for a performance to commence – and when you strike a winning combination, you’ll either be met with a burst of applause, a fanfare, or a burst of song from one of the comely sopranos.
The betting range of 0.01 to 31.50 makes Fat Lady Sings a great choice of slot for low and mid-stakes players, and you can play with up to five coins per line. Several of the symbols pay out very decent amounts, with the Fat Lady Sings logo (which is also the wild) paying 15, 150, 1500, and 3000 for two, three, four or five matching symbols. The Viking Singer pays 1000 for five-of-a-kind, with the Oriental Singer and German Singer paying as much as 500 and 300 respectively.
The wild symbol is represented by the game’s logo, and it can be used to replace all symbols except the scatter. As mentioned, it’s also the highest paying symbol in the entire game, awarding 3,000 for five-of-a-kind.
The Theatre Masks act as the scatter symbol, and they are used to trigger the bonus game.
As with many Microgaming slots, you’ll find a Gamble feature available should you wish to use it. When the option is there to use it, the Gamble button will flash, and you can try to double or quadruple your win by clicking the button and predicting the correct suit or colour of the next playing card.
Three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels will award you with between 5 and 30 free spins. The number you received is determined by the Fat Lady – you’ll see several shelves filled with wine glasses in front of you and you’ll need to choose whether the singer should use a low, medium or high pitch. On your command, the diva will break into song and the cracked wine glasses will reveal your number of free spins. In the next round, you’ll see another display of shelves - this time full of vases – and a second singer will appear to sing her lungs out and break as many vases as she can to reveal your multiplier. The final stage of this bonus round employs several pints of beer which the third opera singer will try to smash to reveal your bonus win.
Once you’ve accomplished all three parts of the bonus round, you’ll get to use your free spins. If, during this time, a further three, four, or five, scatters appear on the reels, you’ll earn 15, 50, or 100 times your total bet respectively.
The Fat Lady Sings slot is smashing fun (pardon the pun). It’s nicely designed and has lots of nifty features, but the free spins bonus is where you could really receive a standing ovation. With the ability to grab as many as 30 free spins with a 5x multiple and a bonus win of up to 120, this slot is definitely a bit of a show-stopper.