Microgaming, the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, has launched its latest flagship video slot, Hellboy.

Licensed from Dark Horse Comics, the game introduces the iconic action hero to the world of online slots. Created by Mike Mignola, Hellboy is popular with fans today, appearing in comic books, DVDs and on the big screen.

The theme has been faithfully translated into a stunning new five reel, 20 pay-line video slot, with a comic book style presentation. The game features original characters, including Professor Trevor Brutenholm, Johann Krause, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman and a host of others, all led by the stone-fisted and de-horned red demon Hellboy.

“At Microgaming we believe in coupling appropriate branded content with high-quality, original games. We continually introduce pioneering, state of the art games to our customers and Hellboy is no exception,” said Roger Raatgever, chief executive officer of Microgaming. “We’re sure that players will enjoy the rich visuals and comic book style action, combined with Microgaming’s innovative game play. We are delighted to be announcing the launch of this iconic branded game.”

Anita Nelson, vice president of sales, marketing and licensing, at Dark Horse, said the company is thrilled to be associated with Microgaming. “Hellboy has a legion of loyal fans and the new slot game faithfully recreates the Hellboy world that they know and love. Hellboy is one of our most popular brands and we know that the players will appreciate this cutting edge game.”

Hellboy features as the Wild, helping players to win rewarding combinations by substituting other symbols; his oversized stone fist is the Scatter, which triggers the entertaining Underworld Bonus. This is a four-level, second screen bonus feature, in which players have to avoid blocked tunnels in the search for other team members and rewards, encountering beasts along the way.

Players who complete all four levels and reach the Chamber of Fire get the added rewards of the Relic of Power. This exciting feature also can be triggered in Supermode, a randomly awarded Free Spin bonus of 10 spins, which carry up to three held Wilds. There is also a Gamble feature where wins can be doubled or quadrupled if the correct card suit or color is predicted. The betting range on Hellboy offers something for every player, ranging from 0.01 to 0.25 with a maximum bet of 50, which can generate rewards of up to 25,000 in the base game, the same on Free Spins and 8,400 on bonuses.

Microgaming will be present at the International Gaming Expo (IGE), Jan.26-28 in stand 5240, or visit www.microgaming.com.