Will your Dream Date be a reel-winner with Microgaming’s newest slot?
The theme of love and romance has been a popular one with slot players, Immortal Romance has been one of Microgaming's most popular slot games for a long time and now there is another game on a similar theme hitting casinos this April.
That slot is Dream Date and this is a game where you can swoon over hunky lotharios from times gone by, or who also get weak-kneed at the prospect of a hunky firefighter, or spy whisking them off their feet.
Dream Date offers a nice change of pace to the testosterone-laden action slots such as Terminator 2 or Jurassic Park and while the subject matter may well be aimed at the ladies, any slot player can enjoy what looks to be a fun and enjoyable medium variance slot game.
Let's take a closer look now at the Dream Date slot, its component parts and how they all work together to bring you
- Game: Dream Date
- Developer: Microgaming
- Reels: 5x3
- Pay Lines: 243 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet: 0.15
- Maximum Bet: 60.00
- Jackpot: 1,000 coins
- Free Spins Bonus: Yes
- Other Bonuses: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Volatility: Medium
One of the nicest aspects of this slot is that you get to pick at the very start what era you would like the reels to be set in, you can select from the Historic Era and the Modern era and each has their own symbols associated with each (which we will learn more about below).
The backdrop of the slot also changes depending on the era selected with a wooded glade for the Historic era or a modern cityscape for the Modern. Both look equally attractive and it is very much a case of which look you prefer as the slot plays exactly the same regardless of which era you pick.
The reels occupy the middle of the screen and there is a suitably jaunty tune playing as you play on the reels, which again changes depending on the era you select. You also get to pick which of the four hunky men from each era will be the highest paying symbol (and your Dream Date) in the game.
You can switch between eras and your choice of Dream Date at any time in the game and as with all Microgaming slots, the main controls are at the foot of the reels including an Auto-play option.
What is on the reels?
As we have explained above, what is on the reels depends on the era you select, but on both sets of reels, the low value symbols are the same. These are the playing card symbols, heart, club, diamond and spade as well as a pink circle symbol which is the lowest paying of the five.
Depending on which era you select you also have the following higher value symbols on the reels:
- Historic - Pirate, Gladiator, Archer and Swordsman
- Modern - Spy, Fireman, Biker and Pool Cleaner
There is also one girl on the reels in each era and she along with the male character you select as your dream date, are the highest value symbols on the reel (and also play a role in triggering one of the key bonus features of the slot).
There are two other features on the reels, the Wild symbol and the Scatter symbol, both of which are linked with the main bonus features of the slot.
The Dream Date Wild symbol can substitute for any of the lower or higher value symbols on the reel but it does not substitute for symbols on a hot zone win (which we will explain later). Any Wild landing on the third reel will expand to fill the reel completely and will award a 2x multiplier when it is landed during the Free Spins bonus.
Although not strictly a Wild bonus, the Hot Zones are the centre spot on the first and fifth reels and if you can land the lady symbol on the first reel in that position and one of her four dates in the centre of the fifth reel, you trigger a Hot Zone cash prize which awards a win of from 2x up to 40x your total bet. However if you land your Dream Date selection along with the lady in the hot zones then you can trigger 8 Free Spins as well as a cash prize.
Free Spins features
As outlined above, you can trigger 8 Free Spins by landing your Dream Date and the girl in the hot zones on the first and fifth reels and you can also trigger 8 Free Spins by landing three or more of the Scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. This also awards you a cash prize of between 1x and 100x your bet. If you are very lucky, you can trigger 16 Free Spins by landing the Hot Zone symbols and three or more Scatters.
During Free Spins all your dates on the reels are replaced by your dream date and if you land a Wild on the third reel, it will expand to cover the reel fully and award a 2x multiplier on any win.
Best feature of the Dream Date slot
Microgaming have worked hard to make this game as customisable as possible for the player and the number of options you have mean you can tailor the game to your preference nicely. That is a nice touch as is the different presentations from the two different eras. However I think the Free Spins bonus is the big winner here as it can produce some sizeable wins, especially if you can expand a Wild on the third reel when you hit the higher paying symbols.
The Dream Date slot is one of Microgaming's most playable new slots. It may have been designed more with the ladies in mind, but if you are a slot player that pays less attention to the content and more on the game play then this is a great slot to play. It boasts some nice features and decent sized wins for a mid-variance game.
You can play this fantastic new slot at any of our Mega Moolah casinos.
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