The latest wave of vampire invasions began in 2008 with the release of “Twilight” on the big screen and the television series “True Blood” on the small one. A year later, the “Vampire Diaries” debuted on TV and the Twilight saga continued in cinemas with “New Moon,” followed by 2010’s “Eclipse” and the two-part “Breaking Dawn” epoch in 2011-12. All have developed loyal fan bases, as the entertainment-seeking public never seems to tire of tales of the undead, the supernatural and the paranormal.
Software developer Microgaming rarely fail to take advantage of a cultural trend. In 2011, they launched “Immortal Romance,” a video slot for the Internet based upon a “Dark Tale of Intrigue and Romance.” A witch, two male vampires and a heroine make up the cast of this online game, which is loaded with bonuses and mysterious features, supported by carefully hand-painted artwork and a haunting soundtrack.
The format for Immortal Romance slots is five-reels and 243 paylines. As might be expected, the credit denominations are kept within a small, range, just €0.01 or €0.02. A wager of 30 credits activates the entire grid of winning ways, which can be backed up to 10X, so the Max Bet limit is 300 credits or €6.00.
The lowest winning combinations on Immortal Romance slots are three or more matching card symbols, Nines through Aces, paying multipliers of 5X to 150X. Higher payouts are received for matches of three or more Candlelit Diary or Dark mansion symbols, and the top awards are won by lining up character symbols—amorous Amber the witch, treacherous Troy the vampire playboy, the 800-year-old vampire Michael, and sultry Sarah wearing a dress the colour of blood. Payouts run from 20X up to 500X.
The credit value can be changed by clicking on the +/- buttons under the second reel. To start the game, click “Spin.” The reels can be halted by clicking “Stop.” Winnings appear in the “Win” display below the fifth reel, while the current Balance appears in the lower left corner of the screen. Use of Autoplay below the second reel allows up to 10 or 25 respins at the same bet level.
The scatter symbol on Immortal Romance slots is the Lion Doorknocker. It pays 30X, 60X, 600X or 6,000X when 2, 3, 4, or 5 scatters occur, respectively, on any of the reels. The Immortal Romance Logo is wild, substituting for any of the symbols except the Lion Doorknocker scatter, and it doubles the value of winning lines on which it appears. Catching three or more scatters triggers the Chamber of Spins feature, where multiple entries give access to ever greater bonus opportunities.
The Amber option provides ten free spins at a multiplier of 5X and can be retriggered during the free games. The Troy option with Vampire Bats offers 15 free spins and 2X or 3X multipliers wherever the bats land. The Michael option has Rolling Reels, yielding 20 free spins and cascading symbols multiplied by 2X, 3X, 4X or 5X. And the Sarah option has a Wild Vine appearing on the middle reel to add extra wilds during 25 free spins.
As with Microgaming’s popular Thunderstruck II slot game, the various options must be achieved by reentering the Chamber as many as 15 times.
Immortal Romance slots have one other bonus feature called “Wild Desire.” It can be trigger at random any time during regular play and adds stacked wilds to the screen, as the Logo wilds are deactivated. Although free spins cannot be activated during the Wild Desire feature, it does create the possibility of filing all five reels with wilds for a whopping top payout of 3,645,000 credits at Max Bet.