Free Venetian Rose slot
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Like Microgaming’s French Revolution-set slot, Love Potion, NextGen Gaming’s Venetian Rose –from the same company that brought you such diverse slots as the fun 'n' frolics Teddy Bear’s Picnic and The Bermuda Mysteries (imagine a mash-up of those two) – sees you amidst a masked ball in 18th Century Venice.
It was a time of decadence, intrigue and big fuck-off hairdos. Naturally, then, you can expect plenty of gondolas, masks, bewigged gentry and romantic sunsets on the reels - although strangely, no Cornetto ice creams - plus fans and binoculars. Even the regular 10-through-Ace symbols have been given a funky elegant makeover with some typically Venetian flourishes.
A pleasant enough tune plays in the background – sadly not ‘Just one Cornetto’ – and neat little animations play whenever you hit a winning combo.
The lady in the beehive hairdo acts as the game’s Wild, and she substitutes for all symbols other than the Scatters. Five Ladies pays out the top whack of 3000x your line bet.
An automatic whack of 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier can be yours when you hit three or more Scattered Mask symbols across the reels. However, with this being the only bonus feature on offer in Venetian Rose, I would have hoped for it to be triggered a little more often than it actually is.
That’s your lot with bonuses in the game, but with slot developer NextGen Gaming’s customary friendly betting range and low variance, and an attractive 3x multiplier on free spins, Venetian Rose could be for you.
As with Microgaming’s Love Potion game, the bonus features here won’t blow you away, but the general aura of sophistication and history may. For features fiends, the Stacked Wilds and generous free spins of Bally’s excellent myth-themed online slot, Cupid & Psyche, may prove a little more rewarding.