It is almost Valentine's Day and the scent of love is in the air as people young and old celebrate their love for that special other person.
Of course, it does mean a sharp increase in the price of chocolates and roses, plus you'll need to get the perfect Valentines Card too. Throw in a meal and a few drinks for some and soon you are looking at spending a decent wedge of cash.
So why not give yourself a chance of recouping some of this money by enjoying one of the latest new slots from the brains at Microgaming. The slot is called Secret Romance and if that names rings a bell, that is because it is similar to the hugely popular Immortal Romance slot, also from Microgaming.
I did wonder if this was a slot was a sequel or prequel to that very enjoyable original, but the truth of the matter is that Secret Romance is a completely different themed slots. This game is all about one thing; the thrill of a new, perhaps even illicit, romance. There isn't a vampire or werewolf in sight.
The basics of the slot are that it is a somewhat standard looking 5x3 reel slot which has a total of 15 paylines in operation on every spin. These paylines are not selectable and you can select the size of the bet from a minimum bet of 0.15 per spin up to a maximum bet of 15.00 per spin. There is also a handy Autoplay button which can be used to play up to 100 spins one after the other, or you can simply hit the spin button to get the reels spinning.
Now that the structure of the slot is clear, let's now examine its theme and to be honest, I find Secret Romance a little confusing. This is not your archetypal, heart-red valentines love slot, but instead it seems to hint at a new romance, perhaps with someone different to your usual partner. Hence the 'Secret' part of the title of the slot.
There's the usual playing card low symbols from 10 through to Ace on the reels and these are pretty bog standard. However the livery of the slot is a rich, deep purple colour while the higher value slots include some rather refined items such as a purple brooch, Secret Romance perfume, a rose, a heart shaped wreath of roses and perhaps most intriguingly, a purple mask.
You can win up to 250 coins by landing five of a kind using the Purple Mask symbol which is the highest paying standard symbol in the base game. However it is not the highest paying symbol on the reels.
That honour, in terms of standard payouts, goes to the Wild which is a Heart emblazoned with the Secret Romance title across it. Land five of these on a payline and you will win 350 coins. However, the heart symbol also substitutes for all the lower and higher value symbols outlined above to create winning paylines when landed.
Another feature that has the potential to payout some of the larger wins on this slot is the Mystery Symbols feature. On each of the reels, a number of symbols are stacked behind a red envelope and if you can land these symbols on the reels, then every envelope landed will open to reveal the same mystery symbol. Land many of these symbols across the reels and you can trigger some of the biggest base game wins.
If you manage to land a complete set of reels of these mystery symbols and that symbol is revealed to be the scatter symbol, then this would result in the maximum base game win of 1,200 coins and in addition, you would also trigger the final bonus feature.
That bonus is the Free Spins feature which is triggered by landing the ring scatter symbol in three or more positions across the reels on a single spin. When you do this, you will receive a very healthy 14 free spins and during free spins, the Mystery Symbols are super stacked on the reels, giving you a greater chance of landing these higher paying symbols on each spin.
During the Free Spins section of the game, there is also a Multiplier Trail which will increase by one step with every scatter symbol you land on a spin. The multiplier trail starts at x1 for the 3 scatters you land to trigger the bonus game but increases from 1x up to 1200x the win if you can land 15 scatter symbols or more on the reels during the round.
One other small change to note during free spins is that in the base game the Mystery Symbols cannot transform into Wild symbols, however during the free spins bonus round, those Super-Stacked Mystery Symbols can now turn into Wilds offering you a chance of some potentially huge wins.
And by huge, we mean huge with a total jackpot of 1,800,000 coins available to be won during the free spins bonus round, that is a particularly large jackpot and will certainly be attractive to players seeking a prize that would offer them a life-changing slot win.
There's no doubt that in terms of features the Secret Romance slot ticks all the right boxes. The Mystery Symbol feature is a fantastic addition to the base game and free spins round and the Multiplier Trail really adds an extra dimension to the free spins. Speaking of which 14 free spins and a jackpot of 1,800,000 coins are very generous amounts indeed.
However, not everything is perfect in love and at times this slot is a little confusing. Is this a slot about love (as emphasised by the hearts and diamond ring) or about illicit secret love (as emphasised by the mask and perfume). In short, I'm not quite sure exactly what Secret Romance the slot refers to, but provided it gives players a great game, which it does, then I think it will certainly prove to be a hit with most slot fans that try it out.
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