Thu, Jul 12, 5:16pm by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:53am
Vampires have had a good decade. There’s been no shortage of movies, television shows and books about the nocturnal blood suckers in recent years, and the trend shows no signs of stopping any time soon. That probably helps explain why Immortal Romance is one of the most popular poker machines at the Royal Vegas online casino. This game goes all out to emulate the common themes in modern vampire stories, down to the look of the characters and the music that plays during the game’s bonus rounds. If you enjoy both the pokies and the occasional vampire action, you’ll love Immortal Romance.
Immortal Romance belongs to the relatively new brand of pokies that uses the “243 Ways” system of gameplay. That means there’s no such thing as a payline on this machine; instead, you’ll just need the same symbols to appear on consecutive reels from left to right, regardless of their exact positions on each reel. This effectively gives players 243 paylines on a five-reel machine, which is how these games get that moniker.
There are two basic types of symbols in Immortal Romance. First, there are the lower-value card rank symbols, which go from nines all the way up through aces. The more important symbols belong to the game’s four main characters, all of whom fill a role in the game’s vampire-inspired back story.
Microgaming knew the market they were appealing to when they made this pokie, because the storyline and atmosphere are a big part of Immortal Romance. The style of the game definitely plays up the simultaneous danger and romance of the most popular vampire stories, and uses some excellent illustrations and animation to bring all of the characters to life.
Most impressive of all is the musical score used throughout the game. This especially stands out during the bonus rounds (which we’ll talk about later), each of which comes with a different full-fledged pop song. Okay, these songs are very generic in sound and style, so you won’t be hearing any of these songs on the radio anytime soon. But they capture the feel of the kinds of songs you’d expect to hear on the soundtrack of any young adult romance movie, so they’re perfect for this game.
While the presentation in this pokie is definitely worthy of praise, the real greatness of Immortal Romance lies in the game’s many bonus features. Four of these features are linked to the main characters in the game, and are accessed by hitting three or more door knockers on the same spin. The games aren’t all available at the same time however; you’ll start with access to just one game, and as you play more the other games start to open up.
The initial game that you can play is the one associated with Amber. In this game, you’ll receive ten lucrative free spins, each with a 5x multiplier. This is the most straightforward of the four games, but still quite valuable thanks to the big multiplier.
The first unlockable bonus round belongs to Troy. This game awards 15 free spins, and also adds a special vampire bats feature to the mix. This feature randomly turns symbols on the reels into 2x and 3x multipliers, so that any win using those symbols is increased accordingly.
Next up is the Michael bonus round. This game has a total of 20 free spins and includes a rolling reels feature. This is a fairly common bonus feature seen on newer pokies where winning combinations fall from the reels in order to be replaced by new symbols. If new wins are created, they’ll fall again, allowing yet more symbols to drop into place. Each time this process occurs, your multiplier will be increased – up to a maximum of 5x.
The last game to unlock is the one belonging to Sarah. This game offers the most free spins of any of the bonus rounds, as you’ll get to play 25 free games. In addition, a “wild vine” symbol is added to the reels that is not only a wild, but also has the potential to turn a second symbol on the same reel wild, adding the potential for even more winning combinations.
We should also note that there’s one more great bonus feature, and this one is triggered entirely at random. On any spin, you might be lucky enough to see the Wild Desire feature kick in – and if you do, it’s time to get excited. A random number of reels will instantly turn completely wild, guaranteeing some huge prizes for you. It’s even possible to win a massive prize by seeing all five reels turn wild at once!
If you’re not into the whole vampire romance genre, it would be easy to be turned off by this pokie. But honestly, Immortal Romance can be a fun game for anyone to play. You might find the story elements a little sappy at times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amazing bonus features that make this game well worth playing.
And of course, if you are a fan of Twilight, True Blood, or any of the other vampire stories, this is definitely the game for you. While other pokies have used vampire romance themes, none of them have done nearly the job of Immortal Romance of fleshing out that theme and wrapping it in an amazing presentation that’s so true to the source material. This is one game that no vampire fanatic should miss.