Microgaming’s vampire-themed slot Immortal Romance is especially popular with a younger generation looking for more complexity in their slots gameplay. Released in 2012, the game is centered on a strong narrative yet also features a huge jackpot payout.
A 5-reel 243-ways-to-win video slot, Immortal Romance doesn’t have paylines as such – instead, hitting symbols on adjacent reels in any combination is classified as a winning spin. However, for wagering purposes, 30 ‘lines’ are considered to be in play on each spin. The game has a small range of coin sizes – $0.01, $0.02, $0.05 and $0.10 – and between 1-10 coins can be played per ‘payline’, and so the max bet can be between $3.00–$30.00 (the minimum spin is $0.30). Wins pay left to right, apart from scatter wins which are awarded anywhere on the reels, and are paid out as multiples of the ‘line’ bet; scatter wins, however, are multiplied by the total bet.
The Wild Desire bonus feature can come into play both during base play and during the Chamber of Spins bonus, and is randomly triggered. When activated, for a single spin a random number of wild reels are created (along with the Immortal Desire Wild symbol, which remains in play).
The Chamber of Spins bonus feature is the most outstanding element of Immortal Romance. A four-tier progressive free spin bonus round where the level you attain remains in play, even across gaming sessions, it is also where the game’s biggest payout can be won.
Hitting 3x, 4x or 5x Lion’s Head Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels activates the feature. There are four different free spin rounds (named after the main characters and distinct in their look and gameplay), but entry to each can only be achieved once certain conditions have been met. However, as the feature is progressive, moving through the different levels of the feature does not need to be achieved in a single session.
This is the first level of the feature and can be accessed after triggering the bonus round once. You’re awarded 10x free spins with a 5x multiplier, with the possibility of winning further free spins as well.
You need to have triggered the Chamber of Spins bonus feature five times before you can get access to this level. Here you receive 15x free spins that include the Vampire Bat feature, where symbols are randomly turned into 2x or 3x multipliers (the maximum multiplier on any one spin is 6x).
When the bonus round has been triggered ten times, you can play this round, which consists of 20x free spins with rolling reels. These mean you can get multiple wins from a single spin, with each rolling reel win increasing the multiplier up to 5x.
This bonus round can be accessed after triggering the Chamber of Spins bonus feature fifteen times. You’re rewarded with 25x free spins that include the Wild Vine feature; in this, the Wild Vine symbol randomly transforms other symbols wild as well, and you can win an additional 1x, 2x, 3x or 4x free spins by hitting 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x Scatter symbols.
Clearly inspired by Twilight and other teen vampire sagas, the look and feel of the game is suitably dark and moody, with plenty of Gothic overtones. The background solo piano music is particularly good and adds effectively to the overall atmosphere. The characters and their stories are the focus of the game, and elaborate backstories are included for those who want to delve further (although these can be skipped as well). The character symbols animate on a winning spin, and these are accompanied by a variety of different sound effects.
Immortal Romance is a low volatility game where there are frequent smaller payouts which keeps the action moving and makes you feel as though you are always involved.
However, there is also a substantial jackpot prize on offer of 3,645,000 coins, which is worth $364,500 when betting the max. You can win this jackpot during the Chamber of Spins feature round if the Wild Desire bonus feature is in play and all five reels turn wild with the maximum multiplier.
Other big payouts include 90,000 coins ($9,000 if you’re betting the max) during the Troy character free spin feature in the Chamber of Spins for hitting 5x Immortal Romance logo wild symbols with a 6x multiplier.
Outside of the bonus round, the biggest jackpot in base play is 15,000 coins (up to $1,500) when you bet the max and hit 5x Immortal Romance logo Wild symbols.
Undoubtedly, the most appealing aspect of Immortal Romance for many players is the complex, progressive Chamber of Spins special feature, both for its engaging gameplay and the possibility of landing a substantial jackpot. Other special features in the game include wild and scatter symbols, the Wild Desire bonus with wild reels, and rolling reels and multipliers during the Chamber of Spins bonus round.