Love, the most powerful force in the world, has inspired feats of bravery, works of art and architecture, battles and wars – and even online slots. The latest of the latter is Microgaming’s Secret Romance, a 5-reel, 15-line game with bonus features that was released in time for Valentine’s Day.
Masked balls, famous for undercover trysts and romantic intrigue, add another layer to the theme, expressed in sumptuous graphics, beautiful animations and a soundtrack to stir the heart.
The software developer doesn’t often tackle classic love themes in its slots, but when it does, it does it well. We know that some players may balk at the idea of playing a slot with a softer theme, but the potential rewards and great bonus features make this a game that even die-hard hunters of radioactive zombies could fall in love with.
Love Is On The Reels
Love is not just in the air; it is also on the reels of Secret Romance. Among the symbols are just the things one would need to rendezvous with a lover at a masked ball.
There are roses in heart-shaped wreaths, single red roses and diamond rings, precious stones set into brooches, purple masks, gemstone hearts, sealed letters and bottles of perfume. Not all the symbols are themed, however. The reels also feature Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 playing card symbols.
We loved the sealed envelopes, which contain Mystery symbols and can appear stacked on the reels. The envelopes open to reveal the symbol they conceal, and that could be any symbol except the Wild.
Wild & Scatter Symbols
The Secret Romance Wild can substitute for other reel symbols, as per usual, and the only symbol it cannot replace is the Scatter. As delighted as we are with the Wilds, the Scatters really get us excited.
When 3 or more diamond ring Scatters appear anywhere on the reels, they activate 14 Free Spins that come with a 2x multiplier for any winnings made. What is really exciting about the round is that the Mystery symbols can appear in super-stacks, and, this time, the envelopes could conceal Wilds as well as regular symbols and Scatters.
The Free Spins Multiplier increases every time 3 or more Scatters appear during the Free Spins round, so winnings could be multiplied by as much as 5x.
Overall, we love Secret Romance – and are sure you will too.