Released in February 2017, specifically for Valentine’s Day, ‘Secret Romance’ has very quickly become one of Microgaming’s most popular online slots. In a little over 14 months since release, Microgaming has added the slot to almost all the online casinos carrying its games, most notably many of those Casinos that we recommend for Canadians; Betway, Jackpot City, William Hill, Spin Palace, Royal Vegas, Ruby Fortune, 888 Casino and All Slots Casino.
As the game title implies, ‘Secret Romance’ takes on a Valentines Day theme, albeit in a stylish, almost illicit-affair fashion.
The ‘Secret Romance’ online slot provides plenty of substance to go with its classy presentation featuring 15 paylines and 5 reels.
Mystery Symbols abound 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 ‘Secret Romance’ online slots are set in a skilfully crafted purple backdrop and the game offers a top jackpot cash prize of 1200x your stake (or 6000 coins).
The game is designed to be simply played and with medium variance. Paying symbols that appear on the reels are 10 to Ace, rose, hearts, perfume bottles, roses, fancy rings and masks. These symbols compliment the game’s theme very effectively. The wild is the ‘Secret Romance’ Heart symbol and it forms winning combinations by substituting all the other symbols except the scatter. The game mechanics that are responsible for all the big winning action are the free spins and the Mystery Symbols. (Please read on for details in the Gameplay section)
The house edge of the ‘Secret Romance’ game is 3.3% which equates to a RTP (return to player percentage) of 96.7%, which means a great return on investment for online players and more opportunity to stay in the game longer and wind up with a large win.
Audio and visual
The Microgaming production design team have used cutting-edge graphics to purposely design an infusion of life into the romantic symbols complementing the valentine theme visuals (Red roses, gemstones, heart shaped bouquets, perfume bottles, masquerade masks, diamond rings and playing cards etc.). The unique visuals and colour changing background are tastefully done and it is easy on the eyes, as a game to play for hours of winning big money.
Naturally, being a Microgaming online slot, gameplay is fluent without jerky buffering issues. In my testing on both desktop and my phone, the HTML 5 technology ensured crisp elegant gameplay without any wait time for the game to load or any disruptions in the connection.
A smooth sounding soundtrack and the simple gameplay create an easy-going atmosphere and an ambience which is conducive to frequent wins. Thanks to the Free Spins and the Mystery symbol there is a huge winning potential on offer to make ‘Secret Romance’s’ overall package an entertaining and engrossing experience to the senses.
Mobile version available
Secret Romance can be played on PCs and mobile devices (Androids, iPads, iPhones and tablets) for real money or in the free mode. If you’re familiar with software by Microgaming, it won’t come as a surprise that this game is mobile friendly. It is the HTML 5 browser-based design that ensures compatibility with all major mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), including both iOS and Android product platforms. As ‘Secret Romance’ is a licensed online slot, Microgaming has naturally optioned to make this game appeal to as wide an audience as possible worldwide
‘Secret Romance’ is available for play at many Online Casinos including two of our recommendations for Canadians; Betway, Jackpot City, William Hill, Spin Palace, Royal Vegas, Ruby Fortune, 888 Casino and All Slots Casino.
Features and symbols
‘Secret Romance’ features five high value symbols and these include a purple mask, a red brooch, a wreath of roses, a bottle of pink perfume and a red rose; lower values are the standard 10, J, Q, K and A.
The ‘Secret Romance’ logo is wild and will substitute all others to help form winning combinations except for the diamond ring scatter icon.
The wax seal symbol is stacked in the base game and free spins round and after the reels have stopped spinning, any wax seals in view will transform into a matching symbol. In the base game, the exception is the wild symbol but in the free spins it will also transform into matching symbols.
Gameplay, tips and strategies
In terms of its gameplay, ‘Secret Romance’ has been delightfully simplified for you, which effectively means that almost everything has been pre-set, beginning from the fixed number of 15 pay lines to the betting range covering from CAD $0.15 to CAD $15. There is no requirement to calculate the bet levels and coin values or use any kind of system strategies. Just sit back, enjoy the music and spin the reels. ‘Secret Romance’ is a game that has been purposely designed for the player to enjoy as much relaxation time as possible.
Among the many romantic symbols on offer throughout ‘Secret Romance’, the most important ones are the diamond ring and the sealed love letter. Another important symbol is the Wild, (represented by the logo of the game) and it is the top paying symbol in the base game. The Wild, together with the mask and the brooch will pay for the combinations of 2, 3 4 and 5 matching symbols, unlike the rest of the icons on the pay table which pay for a group for only 3 of a kind as a minimum.
Besides the Wild, Secret Romance offers other special symbols too (See above). They carry the load for generating the bonus round and free spins which both can result in very large payouts.
One of the most important symbols in ‘Secret Romance’ is the love letter and it is easy to understand why. The scarlet love letter works as a Mystery symbol in both the base and the bonus sections of the game. The Love Letter appears stacked on the reels and discloses matching symbols, thereby dramatically increasing the players’ potential for big wins.
During the base game, the Mystery Symbol can unwrap any icon except for the Wild. The Scatter inside the red envelope as a full screen of diamond rings can potentially increase your stake a monster 1200 times.
The main bonus game is triggered when three or more Diamond Ring Scatters appear on the reels. 14 Free Spins will then begin and any group of three or more Scatters will immediately add a multiplier to all wins, up to a maximum of 5 times. Additionally, the Mystery Symbol is free of any limitations during the Free Spins. This effectively means that the Mystery Symbol can additionally reward the player with Wilds too. Landing 15 Scatters on the reels can result in an impressive payout of 1200 times your total bet!
As ‘Secret Romance’ does not offer a progressive jackpot, players should look at chasing the top fixed jackpot. It rewards the player for landing 5 Wilds along a paying line and stands at an impressive 350 coins.
Our verdict on ‘Secret Romance’
‘Secret Romance’ is very similar to many other Microgaming online slots and other than the cutting-edge sound and graphics package, there does not appear to be anything particularly outstanding about the package on offer here. Until you dig a little deeper.
The main attractions on offer here are the free spins which thanks to the potential 5 times multiplier that can yield as much as 6000 times your stake.
The RTP of 96.7%, means a great return on investment for online players and more opportunity to stay in the game longer and wind up with a large win and that’s what really makes ‘Secret Romance’ a much better than average online slot experience.
An accumulated 8.95 out of 10 from our team of experts.
Good luck and great gaming on ‘Secret Romance’!