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Coming straight out of Microgaming’s vast collection of online slots, Immortal Romance was originally released in December of 2011 and has proven itself as being able to stand up to the test of time. One wouldn’t expect anything less from a slot based on vampiric machinations either. Conjuring up a thick atmosphere and mysticism and other devilry, Microgaming have also recently breathed new life into this nefarious slot game by releasing new updates that provide a breath of fresh air with different mechanics thrown into the mix, meaning players now have a more varied selection of opportunities to take advantage of when sinking their teeth into Immortal Romance.
Immortal Romance is available at all top online casinos that play host to Microgaming games. Featuring an awesome 243 paylines contained within 5 reels of 3 rows, this slot provides more opportunities for enjoyment than most of its competitors. Being optimised for mobile play, as well as desktop, Immortal Romance comes with a minimalistic and easy to use user interface when it comes to messing around with the options available. Adjusting your bet is done via a slider that you can bring up at any time from the double arrow icon on the ‘Bet’ button. Further options can be made available by swiping right on a mobile or clicking and dragging right on a desktop. Alternatively, there is the cog wheel icon on the left that brings these up. Swiping or dragging the other way reveals all of the game rules in a nicely presented manner.
As with the vast majority of slot games, Immortal Romance presents the player with an opportunity to land on Scatter symbols, which in this case is represented by an ominous lion head door knocker. These symbols provide the 2nd highest payout on any winning line and offers entry into the Chamber of Spins mechanic, if you are fortunate enough to land on 3, 4 or 5 of the symbols in a single spin. The Chamber of Spins provides the player with a number of bonus spins, starting at 10, where further entries into the chamber offer an increased number of spins and further mechanics to increase one’s win multiplier possibilities. On top of this, there is also the Wild Desires mechanic, which happens at random and can spawn Wild symbols on up to the whole 5 reels in a spin. The Wild symbol is represented by the Immortal Romance logo and can still appear in regular gameplay.
Piano, strings and percussion are all woven together in Immortal Romance to create an aura of enchantment and foreboding. Staying true to the theme of vampiric masquerades, the background music lends itself well to creating an immersive atmosphere. The enchanting element of the music also ramps up with a crescendo of violins when landing on a larger than average winning round. Another satisfying aspect when it comes to the sound effects is landing on the door knocker scatter symbols, as they provide a deep and reverberating knock with every appearance they make. Unfortunately, the actual spinning of the reels is not nearly as satisfying when it comes to sound, as they are accompanied by a mismatched drone that can become rather irksome after extended play.
As mentioned at the start of this review, Microgaming have recently implemented new features into this classic slot game. With an emphasis on immersion and world building, they have seen fit to provide back stories for the 4 characters present in the game and who each have their own symbol; Amber, Troy, Michael and Sarah. This is in addition to new pay table achievements that have been added, which give players an extra reason to stick around. Those who manage to reach every combination of payout for each symbol will be awarded a golden pay table.
Despite being almost 10 years old, Immortal Romance still remains one of Microgaming’s most popular titles. The visuals still hold up nicely, despite its age and is arguably one of the better looking slots created by this developer. Apart from the issue regarding the sound effect of the spinning reels, Immortal Romance appears to have aged like a fine wine, especially with the addition of the new features that do a great job of providing players with character backstories and player achievements, which serve to provide more depth for returning players.