Secret Romance is your typical love themed game, and at the same time the most recent slot machine from Microgaming to have this particular topic. February is the month when most developers release new slot machines with a love connection, and this has happened more than once in the past with Microgaming. Secret Romance is just their latest slot machine to try and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day holiday. The game’s setup relies on the usual 5x3 reels, and they come with a total of 15 active lines which you can take advantage of by forming combinations that give you prizes as high as $90,000. There are some unusual features in this game, quite different from most that are usually released with these slot machines, including here the Mystery Symbols that can deliver you scatter symbols in all 15 positions on the reels, but also wilds and free spins, multipliers and stacked icons.
Betting is easy enough, since you’re getting 15 lines and there doesn’t seem to be an option to reduce the total number. You simply select the total wager value, which you can get as low as $0.15, or as high as $75. The line bets would vary between $0.01 and $5 within the given range.
Romance is indeed the theme that this slot machine is built around. The symbols that you’ve been given fall into two categories. They’re either images of flowers, masks, diamond rings, broaches, red envelopes, perfume bottles and red hearts, or they’re simpler icons with the Royals on them, the poker cards which are all designed in the same exact way. Though they made an effort in the coloring of the poker cards, turning them into gold versions, they’re still basic looking and not related to the theme that we get here. The look of Secret Romance is that of a simpler slot machine, at least when compared with other titles released at the same time as it was. The background shows just a purple image with flowers surrounding the game area on all sides. The better symbols are just objects, things that you would give to a loved one, from jewelry to perfume or flowers. They’re designed well enough, but the same can’t be said about the poker icons. Secret Romance has a lot of things in common with another slot from Microgaming, called Secret Admirer. It appears to be a more modern version of that game, with better graphics and a changed gameplay style, but they share a lot of symbols.
Though I compared it above with Secret Admirer, the common points come only from the graphics side. The features are considerably more complex in Secret Romance. First, I would mention the wild feature, which in this game is represented by a symbol that has a red ruby heart, with the Secret Romance added on top of it. These symbols are the more regular features that you can get, since they will be both substitutes and capable of forming combinations by themselves, same as in most other slots. Wild symbols don’t replace scatter symbols here. They do form combinations through which they pay up to 350x. The Diamond Ring is another symbol that you generally expect to find in a slot machine, especially in a modern one. As a scatter, you need it showing in at least three positions, so that you can get access to 14 free spins which benefit from Super Stacked Mystery Symbols and from a multiplier trail that can reach 5x. To get the multiplier higher, you need 3+ scatters to appear again. The Mystery Symbol is a major part of the game, because it will appear often, in stacked form for the base game and super stacked during free spins. All Mystery Symbols showing on the reels at the beginning of a round will be transformed into the same icon, which can’t be the wild during the base game, but otherwise any other. Even a full screen of wilds is possible during free spins though, so that limitation is removed there. What is more interesting is that Mystery Symbols can be transformed into scatters, and the paytable mentions payouts from as many as 15 scatters occupying positions on the reels. The highest rewards of the game will come to you this way.
The absolute biggest top prize that you can go after in Secret Romance reaches a value of $90,000, which means that you get back 1,200 times what the total bet is. You do need only scatter symbols in all the positions available to you on the reels, so it’s not an easy prize to get.
Secret Romance is a good sequel for Secret Admirer, with improved graphics, more features and larger top payouts on the line.