Fri, Sep 13, 5:10am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Wed, Oct 9, 6:05am
Vampire movies and TV shows have had a renaissance in recent years. Films like Twilight include beautiful vampires and contemporary settings. Many pokies have been designed with similar themes. While the best known is Immortal Romance from Microgaming, Realtime Gaming’s Eternal Love has a unique and often haunting design that’s worth checking out. From the flickering flames of torches beside the reels to the cool characters on them – there is plenty to dig your teeth into.
Eternal Love combines all-ways wins with win multipliers. These give you the potential for huge line hits. The free spins bonus game has a unique element in the form of a life-force meter, this can extend your bonus for a long time (though unfortunately not eternally). Here are the highlights of this stylish online pokie:
Logo symbols, which show the pokie title as if etched into stone, are wild symbols. These only appear on the middle reels, and so can’t make wins on their own. Instead, they act as wilds (substitutes) for the regular winning symbols. They come stacked and will sometimes cover all 3 positions on more than one reel.
Best of all, when these logo wilds are involved in a win, a win multiplier can appear. This can be anything from 1x to 3x. The multipliers work together, multiplying wins up to an amazing 81 times.
Free spins on Eternal Love are triggered in the standard way – through the games themselves are anything but standard. For a start, intense rock music plays throughout your bonus games.
You need a minimum of 3 dull coin symbols to win the bonus games. These are scatters, with a top prize of 200x your triggering bet for 5. You get 10 free spins regardless of how many coins trigger the bonus.
In the top right of your screen, you will see a meter saying, ‘life force’. As you spin, this accumulates a bar, and a heart shape fills up. After your 10 spins, you need to see the prize in this meter under your total bonus win. This kicks off an extension of your bonus, as the life-force adds extra spins.
If you are lucky, this can be a lot of spins – with up to 100 possible before your life-force runs out and your bonus game ends. With a lot of extensions possible this way, the usual retrigger with extra scatter symbols is not used.
All-ways pays replaces the usual win-line setup. You win by getting matching symbols on consecutive reels starting on the left. This gives you 243 possible winning combinations when a 5-reel, 3-row grid is used. Bets are in units of 30c to cover all these lines. All-ways makes wins easier to come by, though the pokie studios do balance this by having lower individual wins. Your biggest wins will come when you get multiple 5 of a kind hits with the wild multipliers.
Three vampire characters have the biggest prizes. These show a lady (1000 coins for 5) and two guys, one in traditional costume and the other with long hair. Jewels complete the higher paying symbols. Playing cards symbols have been carved into gravestones for the smaller prizes.
Compared to many RTG pokies, the design of Eternal Love is stunning. A temple, shrouded in green mist, sits above the reels – while flickering torches stand alongside them. The reels look like they are inside a painting frame.
Animations include a heart appearing on the scattered coins. The vampires come to life when involved in wins. If you hit a big win, expect yellow lightning to appear – this can give you a jolt the first time it happens. Gentle, haunting piano music is interrupted by the harsh sound of rock guitars, giving an excellent soundtrack to accompany your play. When you get the bonus games, expect full-on music, plus the additional animations for the ‘life force’.
While this title does not have the depth of gameplay of pokies with similar themes from other studios, it is a must-see for the stunning design. All-ways wins combine with wild multipliers to keep the base game potential high. The free spins have an extra element. You keep spinning until your life-force expires!