The Bridesmaids online slot by Microgaming is based on the 2011 romantic comedy by the same name. The basic premise of the movie is that the main character Annie, played by Kristen Wiig, is sent out on what amounts to a series of misadventures after being asked to be the maid of honor in the wedding for Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph. A stacked cast of hilarious female characters make this movie a must-see, and the same goes for the online slot that's produced by Microgaming.
The format of this game is 40 paylines with five reels and four rows. This is a slightly atypical format, especially for Microgaming, since they have really focused on the 243-ways layout in recent years. The theme has a neat pink color scheme that matches up with the theme of the movie, and you'll find that you have several betting options with the game starting at just $0.40 per spin. Larger bet sizes are also available, and that makes this a game that will satisfy anyone at any level of stakes.
Many online slots based on movies skimp a little on the symbol sets at times because they believe the visual presentation isn't as important as having the movie branding. Fortunately for Microgaming, they aren't in the habit of falling into this mistake, and the symbol set for Bridesmaids is done in a very entertaining and intelligent way.
The main symbols are characters from the movie. Kristen Wiig as Annie, Maya Rudolph as Lillian and Rose Byrne as Helen Harris III are the three main symbols, and they take up two vertical symbol spaces apiece. A number of other characters also show up like Wendi McLendon-Covey as Rita and Melissa McCarthy as Megan Price, both of which take up a single symbol space. For the lower-tier symbols, instead of using the boring card faces ace through jack, they use the suits of the cards. You can get diamonds, clubs, hearts or spades, and they are decorated in a way that really makes sense for the theme.
There's also a Bridesmaids wild symbol and a cupcake scatter that's used to trigger the bonus feature. While the wild symbol isn't stacked, the mini-stacked main character symbols that take up two vertical spaces each will make it much easier to hit multi-line wins.
Pick up three or more of the cupcake symbol, and you'll be taken to a special bonus feature. You get to choose from four cupcakes on the right, and this determines your multiplier for the wheel that's about to spin on the left. This wheel includes several instant win prizes, but it also includes four spaces for special bonus features.
You can get Lillian for the Friendship Free Spins bonus feature. The way this works is that the high-paying symbols become stacked even higher, and this drastically increases your chances of massive multi-line wins. Picking up Annie on the wheel will get you Flying High Free Spins, and this includes both the Rolling Reels feature and the Growing Wilds feature, so the value is going to keep on coming.
The Boutique Bonus feature is won by choosing Helen Harris III, and it's a pick a box style game where you're picking out dresses, and you can win several payouts in a row. Finally there's the Magic Moments Bonus that's triggered by getting the pupplies on the wheel. This is another pick a box style game where you're choosing from scenes in the movie that give you payouts.
Gameplay isn't usually a focus for many online casino software developers, but that's not the case for Microgaming. They've really helped the gameplay aspect of the Bridesmaids online slot by adding two key features. The first is the autoplay feature that allows you to have a smoother experience without having to keep your hand on the mouse the entire time. The second is the stop button that allows you to try to stop the reels at a certain time. The point is to give you a chance to have a very hands-off or very hands-on experience just depending on what you prefer.