Secret Admirer is a slot machine for the romantically inclined, the kind of game that you are looking for each February, near Valentine’s Day. Over other slot machines with a similar yearly event to focus on, it has the advantage of being something that can be played all year long, especially by those that are in love or just feel romantic. Secret Admirer has 5 reels and gives you 1 to 9 lines to activate for each round. It can be a very expensive slot machine, but that also means that it can offer huge payouts, of up to $500,000. Feature wise it doesn’t do as good, offering just standard wilds and scatters, with free spins triggered by the latter.
You will find that the slot’s low number of lines don’t necessarily mean that you get to spend little money on it. You have only 9 active lines at most, but you can have up to 10 coins for each one, and the denominations of the coins reach a maximum value of $10. When you put all these numbers together, you end up with wagers of up to $100 per line and up to $900 total. The minimum bet can be just that, the bare minimum, so you can spend as little as $0.01 per line that you choose to activate.
The title reflects the kind of theme that you expect from this game. You have all the elements of love, at least the material ones, as you will see in the different objects that are used as symbols and which can be associated with it in some way. It’s not a modern game though, and in its symbols you will find more than a couple that aren’t related to the topic. The image chosen for the background is purple and filled with red roses all around the reels, which does help in making this a more romantic title. As for the symbols that Secret Admirer gets, it all starts with eight Royal cards, more than in pretty much any other slot machine that uses them as filler content. That’s one thing to dislike about the game already. They also have seven themed symbols though, including a red rose, a perfume bottle, a heart shaped crown of flowers, a pendant, the game logo, a diamond ring and a carnival mask. All things considered, it’s one area in this game that doesn’t do a good enough job. The proper symbols are well done, but there are too many of the ones that have no connection to the game. The quality of the design is also not great, more on the dated side.
The other important aspect of the game experience will come via the features that are included. In this area, Microgaming went the usual route, using a wild symbol, a scatter and free spins. The Wild Mask sports the image of a mask that you would see someone wear during a carnival in Venice, elegant and covering just the eyes. This is the wild feature, obviously, and the one that you can use as a substitute in combination with any of the regular symbols that are forming combinations on active lines. The wild symbol can pay you directly if it appears on a line from left to right, and it can do this with as little as one symbol. Its rewards vary between 2x and 5,000x, for combinations of one to five symbols. The Diamond Ring is that other feature symbol that you can look forward to. It’s a scatter, and so you can use it whenever it appears at least two times, since that’s the minimum requirement to get you a cash prize. The biggest cash prize it can deliver, for five scatters present, will be worth 50 times the wager. As is often the case, you can trigger the free spins with three or more symbols that have the ability of scatters. You receive 3 free spins at this point, with the option to retrigger them if you get the required number of scatters again. Getting five scatter wins at this point will give you triple the amount offered in the base game, up to 150x total bet.
The prize to go after in Secret Admirer comes via the Wild Mask symbol, which will pay up to 5,000x when it is forming a combination of up to five symbols. It’s a reward that can reach $500,000 in value, thanks to the considerable size of the wager that is possible here. The game pays at an average of 96.08%, a generous RTP that should give you a decent reason to try it out, if you enjoy it.
Secret Admirer has its pros and cons, and it can be a decent slot machine to try out next Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t look good enough these days, to be worth playing on a regular basis.