Masques of San Marco Review
There is no place on Earth more magical, exalted and divine than the city of Venice This becomes even truer during February every year when annual Carnevale di Venezia is held, for centuries now. The city’s St Mark’s Square and the rest of streets and canals overrun by masked people dressed lavishly in elaborate costumes, and it all just seems like a dream. Naturally, IGT recognized this and knew they couldn’t produce anything short of equally spectacular and so have produced a beautiful, amazingly unique homage to Venice and its carnival. Trust us when we say that you have not seen an online slot game quite like this one.
The construction of the slot is what grabs your eyes right away and does not let go. Here we have a precedent in online slot world as the screen is divided into two separate three rows, five reels slots that amount to total six rows and 40 (instead of 20) paylines. A daring and original approach, yet it pays off. This dual-slot method works particularly well in this instance since Masques of San Marco is a collapsing/cascading symbols game. Each winning combination will obliterate those symbols and new ones will fall into their places, which is a great way of getting more victories without actually spending any money on spins. The high-value symbols are four differently masked characters, alongside moon, star and Sun. There are also explicitly marked wild and bonus symbols.
As over the top Venice is, developers made sure game’s visuals are, as well. Set against a dusk scenery over peaceful Venetian canal, the reels, supported by two Renaissance style pillars boast dignified shades of white, blue and pink, while slots themselves adorned with colorful pictures evoking the splendor of this Italian city of splendid history. The music is what you’d come to expect from a carnival themed game, and although it can get a bit “too much” it does change depending on the phase of the game, so it’s not completely
We’ve already mentioned collapsing reels as a feature we always like to see employed in slot games. Even though there are no plethora of bonuses in this game, there are the much loved free spins that are activated whenever three or more bonus symbols have landed on either top or bottom half of the reels. During free spins feature, the dividing line vanishes and another 20 paylines are activated.
Masques of San Marco is a low volatility game that won’t make you rich overnight, granted, but it will provide a harmless, safe fun in a beautiful environment. Sometimes, that’s all a player needs.