Released: April 2018
Free Spins: Yes
Scatter symbol: Yes
It’s never a bad time for romance, right? Starting with April 4th 2018, Microgaming amour-themed online slot called Dream Date will be available online for all you love-stricken souls out there. Unlike most typical romances in slots where you have a prince and a princess or two lovers in a forbidden love cage, in Dream Date the player gets to create its own love story. The game comes complete with two settings, two game modes: Historic and Modern. One features a damsel with a flower as the leading lady and the other features a modern femme fatale with a glass of champagne. A double set of reels and a double selection of eligible men to choose from will surely help you to achieve a match made in heaven and lots of big wins.
Dream Date is a video slot that focuses on character symbols. There aren’t any items or objects related to the theme and you won’t see any playing cards symbols on the reels. Lower values are represented by suits like diamonds, clubs, hearts and so on which are shaped out of jewels and gems. The main character is a woman, the blonde or the brunet, depending on the gam mode you choose at the very beginning of the session. Your choice of Modern or Historic mode will also influence the rest of the character symbols. Both modes come with a set of 4 men. In Historic mode you get a young Don Juan, a pirate, a strong gladiator and an archer, whereas in modern settings your dream dates are a secret agent, a firefighter, a pool cleaner and a motorcycle rider. Pick your ideal dream date and this man will be the highest paying symbol in the game. The game also features a Scatter which is a book with a couple kissing on the cover and also a logo icon and a heart which acts as Wild.
A slot like Dream Date may look too soft for you but there are decisions to be made. As soon as you launch the slot you’ll be offered the two modes and also the two sets of dream dates. In one version of the game you’ll be playing in a fairytale setting on the countryside, and in the other the reel grid will be set against a city backdrop. After that the game pretty much follows the most common Microgaming pattern; it’s a 5×3 machine with 243 ways to win. So, no paying lines to pay attention to; any combination of adjacent matching symbols will credit a win to your balance. The controls include bet size, Spin and Autoplay.
The visuals are impressive, but what about the special features? You won’t be disappointed by them, we can tell you that. The most creative feature is the Hot Zones bonus. It happens in both game modes when the lady and the dream date land on hotspot positions, central positions of reels 1 and 5. Land the couple on a single spin on said positions and you’ll receive a cash prize of up to 40 times the bet and trigger 8 free spins.
To top that, you can also trigger free spins with three or more Scatters anywhere in view. Ideally, if you activate the round with three or more Scatters and the Hot Zones feature on the same spin, you will get 16 free spins. In addition, the logo will serve as Wild during free spins and will replace other dream dates. Should the Wild land on the centre reel during free spins it will expand to cover the entire column and award you with a double payout. Free spins cannot be retriggered, unfortunately.
All the info we have on Dream Date payouts are yet to be confirmed, but supposedly the game should offer a top payout of 108,000 coins. Minimal bets are accepted at 0.1 currency units and they go up to 60. The heart Wild pays 50 times the bet for five of a kind, while the dream date pays twice as less. There are some handsome prizes to be won during free spins and the Hot Zones feature is like a cherry on the icing. The RTP is yet to be announced, but since it is Microgaming, it will surely be an accommodating percentage.
If you like a touch of romance with your reel-based action, Microgaming’s latest slot should be right up your alley. Two sets of reels is a generous visual presentation, too bad the graphics need a bit of polishing. The theme reminds us of the shows such as The Bachelor, but with a twist – a period piece from a Jane Austen novel. The Hot Zones feature is a great, rewarding feature and if you’re lucky enough to trigger it regularly you’ll praise the Cupid’s arrow that hit you when you found (your) Dream Date.