Graphics - 47%
Gameplay - 60%
Bonuses - 68%
Value - 61%
Whats not so hot?
February is known as the month of romance, after all it’s the month where lovers from across the globe celebrate Valentine’s Day. In the true spirit of Valentine Microgaming released Secret Romance video slots which features 15 paylines and 5 reels.
It’s a love-themed slots with Mystery Symbols during the main game and a Free Spins Feature that not only awards 14 free spins but has multiplier wins of 2x.
The graphics and animations of the slots is awash in a purple affair and offers a top jackpot cash prize of 6,000x your stake. My take on the game is that it exudes simplicity and medium variance to boot. Paying symbols that appear on the reels are 10 to Ace, rose, hearts, perfume bottles, roses, fancy rings and masks-the symbols compliment the game’s theme well. The wild is the Secret Romance Heart symbol, it forms a winning combination by replacing all the other symbols except the scatter.
Secret Romance can be played on PCs and mobile devices (Androids, iPads, iPhones and tablets) for real money or in the free mode. The game mechanics that are responsible for all the action are the free spins and the Mystery Symbols. The house edge (HE) of the game is 3.3% or a RTP (return to player percentage) of 96.7%. Bets per spin starts off with 15 pence up to £15.
Once you’ve decided how much cash you’re going to wager per spin it’s important to stick to it, it’s a medium variance slots so expect a couple of dry spins. Base game wins are boosted by the Mystery Symbols which gives you a sporting chance to trigger the free spins mode.
This feature really spices up base game play, Mystery Symbols reveal a symbol that’s chosen randomly-the wild is excluded. They (Mystery Symbols) are stacked during the base game, when they appear you could end up with a full screen of scatters, the net result is a hefty cash prize.
The free spins feature which awards 14 free spins is triggered by 3 or more scatter icons that include multipliers of 1x up to 5x. The Mystery Symbols also pitch during the free spins and become ‘super’ stacked (up to 20 symbols) boosting wins.
In addition, the Mystery Symbols reveals the wild boosting wins once again. The top payout up for grabs during the free spins is 6,000x your stake on a single spin. Three scatters pays a neat 1,200x your wager.
Once the free spins feature is triggered and every time 3 or more scatters appear, the multiplier shoots up by 1x until it reaches 5x. Regrettably the free spins feature can’t be re-triggered. Once all your free spins are done you will return to the base game.
I played this game for a few spins and to be perfectly honest it did not grab me and neither is it Microgaming’s best release by a long shot. I suppose it’s only for the die-hard romantic buffs out there.
Secret Romance is a medium variance slots that offers decent wins during the base game (Mystery Symbols) but more so during the free spins especially when those multipliers of up to 5x kick in. A slots that tops this one by a country mile is Immortal Romance (https://casinowhizz.com/immortal-romance-tips-strategy/).