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While hearts and flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, the Secret Romance slot by Microgaming might sweep you off your feet with its 1,800,000-coin jackpot, stacked mystery symbols, free spins feature, and bonus multiplier trail. Wooing the game doesn’t (like some relationships) have to come at too high a price as the minimum stake is just 15p per spin. And, as the gameplay’s nice and straightforward, it’s an online slot that has the potential to appeal to both new and more experienced players.
The graphics used in the slot game are classically romantic, somewhat like the cover of a Mills and Boon novel, with a rich purple rose-covered background. Images of perfume bottles, diamond rings, red envelopes, Venetian masks, rose garlands, rubies, and gold-plated playing card symbols appear on the reels. And, if the above doesn’t make you in the mood for love, perhaps the slightly cheesy smooth jazz soundtrack will?
Microgaming has ensured that its Secret Romance slot can be enjoyed on mobile devices as well as desktops and laptops, and, the layout of the game is pretty similar on both platforms. Across the bottom of the screen, you can see how many credits you have left, your current bet size (which you can alter using the plus and minus buttons on either side), the Auto-Play button (which automatically spins the reels a fixed number of times), and the Spin button. There’s also an expandable menu at the top-left which gives you the option to return to the games lobby, make a deposit, view the paytable and alter the game settings (e.g. coin size, coins per line, Quick Spin, and sounds).
It’s almost impossible not to spot the wild symbol in the Secret Romance slot game as it’s represented by a massive red ruby encrusted with tiny diamonds, kind of like the Heart of the Ocean necklace in the movie, Titanic, except that it’s red rather than blue. The wild symbol is used to increase your chances of winning cash as it can replace all symbols except the diamond ring.
The diamond ring plays the scatter symbol. Three or more of it anywhere in view on the same spin trigger the Free Spins Bonus. It also awards scatter wins of up to 1,200 times your bet.
There are two special features to enjoy in the Secret Romance slot game. The first is called Mystery Symbols, and it uses the red envelope sealed with a heart-shaped wax seal. In the base game of the slot, the envelope symbol appears stacked on the reels. Mystery symbols can transform into any symbol except the red ruby wild symbol in the base game.
The second bonus feature is the Free Spins round, which is triggered when three or more scatters appear anywhere on the reels. You start with fourteen free games, and each time that three or more scatters come into view, the multiplier trail increases by one, up to a maximum of five. Also, the Mystery Symbols become even more valuable as they appear super-stacked rather than stacked, and can also transform into any symbol including wilds.