Immortal Romance Mega Moolah: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates Immortal Romance Mega Moolah based on its early access state and is still under development. We plan on updating this review if necessary once the final version becomes available.
Like the subject matter it portrays, Microgaming‘s iconic slot Immortal Romance has a timeless quality that makes it almost as fun to play now as it ever was. It might be a surprise to know Immortal Romance was released in 2011, becoming an instant hit and the benchmark for all undead slots which followed. Already offering players the chance to win significant amounts of Nosferatu flavoured cash, the developer has made the inspired choice of hooking it up to their uber-popular progressive jackpot network Mega Moolah.
Unless you’ve been gambling under a rock, you’ll know that Mega Moolah is a wealth maker like no other. Since its inception, the network has paid out over a billion Euros, creating new millionaires in locations as diverse as Finland, Poland, the UK, Canada and New Zealand. Suffice to say, win this, and life is never the same again.
Most of the core elements have remained untouched, so players get the same 5-reel, 3-row game grid, offering 243 ways to win. The only graphical difference is the addition of a Mega Moolah panel displaying its 4 jackpots. This panel has the same cheerful look as the original Mega Moolah game, which is at odds with the rest of the darkly vampiric visuals. Instead of being a distraction, the ever upward creep of the jackpots provides more motivation than ever to hit Immortal Romance’s spin button.
Before doing so, a bit of strategic betting is in order. Stakes range from 30 p/c to £/€6, and the higher the wager, the better the chances are of triggering the Mega Moolah jackpot wheel. It doesn’t mean low rollers aren’t in with a shot, as the top prize has been won off minimum bets in the past. Volatility has been dialled up to very high, and the other difference between the two Immortal Romance’s is the Mega Moolah one has a reduced RTP of 93.4% to account for its jackpots.
Wins hit in Immortal Romance Mega Moolah when three matching symbols land in adjacent rows from the left-hand side. Symbols consist of stone grey 9-A card icons, candlelit books, castles, then the four characters Amber, Troy, Michael, and Sarah as the high pays. These chiselled day time TV looking stars are worth payouts of 11.6 to 16.6 times the stake for five of a kind. Helping connect symbols is the logo wild worth 50x the bet for five, or it can replace any pay tile to complete a win – doubling the value when doing so.
Immortal Romance Mega Moolah: Slot Features
Wilds lead the extras off, and in the base game, the iconic Wild Desire feature may strike at any time, turning up to 5 reels fully wild. It’s extremely rare for all 5 reels to turn wild, though, should that happen, you will trigger the maximum win of 12,000x.
Free spins are triggered when 3 or more door knocker scatters land. Players enter The Chamber of Spins, where there are 4 free spins versions to unlock, each named after one of the characters.
- The first accessible bonus is Amber which awards 10 free spins and a win multiplier of x5. It can be retriggered and is available from the first bonus game trigger.
- Once the Chamber of Spins has been triggered 5 times, Troy free spins become available. In this one, you get 15 free spins and a Vampire Bats feature. Vampire bats may turn symbols into x2 or x3 multipliers or combine to create up to a x6 multiplier.
- Next is Michael free spins, accessible after triggering the bonus 10 times. Michael awards 20 free spins with a Rolling Reels feature. Not only do wins cascade, but they also increase a win multiplier from x2 to x5.
- Triggering the bonus round 15 times unlocks Sarah free spins. Sarah gives you 25 free spins, which use a Wild Vine feature. Wild Vines randomly transform symbols into wilds, and landing 2-5 scatters awards 1-4 extra free spins.
Finally, we come to the Mega Moolah jackpot feature. It triggers at random by dropping a segmented prize wheel onto the screen. It then spins once to award the Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega Jackpot. As it’s progressive, the values vary, but the seed amount for the Mega is £1 million.
Immortal Romance Mega Moolah: Slot Verdict
Until now, Mega Moolah has been attached to fairly average slots players were content to put up with as long as they had the chance to spin for millions. Immortal Romance Mega Moolah changes all that, being an excellent standalone game in its own right. First, the Twilight-esque plot gives Microgaming the excuse to drop in a set of attractive visuals. Then there are the features which are not only fun but capable of producing wins of up 12,000x the bet on their own. Pull Mega Moolah out of the equation, and Immortal Romance Mega Moolah is still a game you’d thoroughly enjoy – not a statement you’d make about too many others on the network.
We don’t get many releases from Microgaming at the moment; they tend to palm off work to partner studios and get on with the business of distribution or counting pennies from their classics. Few are more classic than Immortal Romance, and including it on the Mega Moolah network was a spark of genius. The only niggle is the reduced RTP, but that is a standard part of the Mega Moolah deal, and anyway, it’s higher than the original Mega Moolah by around 5%. The increased volatility to keep up with current trends is something else to keep in mind.
It’s tough to perceive technical differences anyway when you’re up to your neck in undead ardour as the features, gameplay, and atmosphere are as good as they ever were. With the added enticement of taking part in one of the biggest progressive jackpots on planet earth, Immortal Romance Mega Moolah is sure to be immensely popular
Immortal Romance is a timeless classic ushered onto the Mega Moolah network, becoming the most playable of the lot.