Love Is in the Air
Love is supposed to last forever, and Secret Romance is clearly trying to appeal to your romantic side. The purple and pink background of the game is covered in rose petals, with matching command buttons right under the reels. As we will see soon, most of the symbols were designed to fit in this romantic atmosphere perfectly as well.
Secret Romance might not be everyone’s cup of tea in terms of choice of subject, but we cannot deny that Microgaming knows how to design a slot game. The animations are very fluid and the game remains intuitive and fun to play overall.
Secret Romance contains 5 reels and 15 paylines, with plus and minus buttons located right under the reels to help you choose your next wager easily. The betting range goes from 0.15 to 15 credits per turn, and the paylines are fixed. This is a rather standard betting range, albeit a little too restrictive for the most ambitious players out there. Stick the highest bet possible if you want to take advantage of the game’s medium volatility, and keep your fingers crossed just in case.
The different reel symbols listed in the paytable of Secret Romance range from the usual card icons to roses, diamond rings, carnival masks, perfume bottles and so on. In our experience, each spin is just as likely to unlock a small or a big win, which makes the outcome of your next bet quite tough to foresee in Secret Romance. Fortunately, the game is also rich in bonus features to spice up your perfect date a little bit.
Put All Your Money on the Mystery Symbols
The most classic bonus symbol of Secret Romance is the heart, which plays the part of the wild card and can replace the basic icons instantly. What you should be particularly aware of is the mystery symbol, which can hide any other icon except for wilds. The appeared stacked and can sometimes cover entire reels, or even the entire screen at once. This allows for multiple winning combinations, which adds up each reward.
Scatters can also hide under the mystery symbols, or in plain view during the base game. Three of them on the reels are enough to award 14 free spins with a x2 multiplier. Filling up the entire screen with scatters has the same effect, and adds a comfortable x1200 cash bonus. You can increase your multiplier up to x5 in the free spins by scoring more scatters on the reels. Mystery symbols will also appear super stacked and will be able to reveal wilds as well.
More Addictive Than You Might Think
Secret Romance is built on classic rules but takes a very different turn once you look at the bonus features themselves. The game relies heavily on the mystery symbols, which appeared frequently in giant stacks when we tested the game. This is a potentially huge boost for you, especially when playing in free spin mode. The maximum available prize corresponds to 6,000 times your current line bet, if you manage to reach the x5 multiplier.
In a nutshell, Secret Romance is surprisingly original and sometimes challenging. We found some gameplay similarities with Pure Platinum, another Microgaming slot that might attract more players – especially those allergic to anything remotely romantic.