Free Masques of San Marco Slots
San Marco is one of the six famous districts of Venice famed for St. Mark’s Basilica and the square, one of the most popular tourist locations in the whole of Italy. San Marco has been the location of a number of video games in recent years; most notably Assassin’s Creed II and IGT have now made the district the subject of a highly original slot. This game is based around the masked balls that take place in the Italian hot spot, the reels featuring a number of porcelain masked figures alongside the moon and the sun. The game uses the freefall system, where wins will see symbols disappear to be replaced by more from above.
The slot has a slightly unusual appearance, with two sets of reels, one placed on top of the other. The reels have a transparent blue background, the Venice waterway scene that encompasses much of the screen in evidence behind the symbols. The four masked symbols on the reels give the game a splash of colour, these all impressively drawn and joined by two sun symbols and a moon, all featuring frowning faces. Every time a win is achieved, the symbols disappear with a shower of fireworks and an uplifting accordion tune.
Playing Masques of San Marco
If you want to enjoy a slot with a difference, Masques of San Marco is certainly a game you should consider. On the right hand side of the screen you’ll find what are effectively two five reel slots, one on top of the other. Each of these have twenty win lines, meaning each spin will cost you 40 credits. However, the slots are not totally independent. Should you achieve a win on either, the winning symbols will disappear and be replaced from those above, meaning symbols regularly fall from the higher reels onto the lower (with new symbols appearing at the very top). After each ‘free fall’ the win lines are re-assessed, meaning you could achieve another win based upon the new positions and this will continue as long as you keep winning – all for the cost of one spin.
To achieve a win at the game, you’ll need to land three or more consecutive symbols in a row on a win line. The top paying symbol is the one featuring the ornate ‘M’ letter from the title alongside a plain white porcelain mask. Should you land this five times in a row you’ll win 5,000 coins. This swamps any other win amount, with the red, blue and green costumed masked figures winning 1,000, 500 and 300 coins for a full house. The two sun symbols and the moon are the lowest paying on the reels.
The wild symbol appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and will substitute for all other symbols on the reels apart from the feature symbol. This feature symbol is a mask surrounded by feathers with the word ‘bonus’ in bright orange letters which appears on the first three reels only. Should it land on all three of those reels, the free spins round will be activated.
Masques of San Marco Free Games
Having landed the feature you’ll automatically be given six free spins; however the game plays very differently during the feature. This is because you’ll find an additional 20 win lines in play – these being a combination of the two sets of reels, with the bottom half of the top reels and the top half of the bottom reels making up many of the lines. Of course the free fall system continues throughout the free spins and you will be able to re-trigger the round if landing the bonus symbols again (up to a maximum of 300 spins).
Masques of San Marco Conclusion
IGT have to be given credit for producing a very original slot here. Having multiple sets of reels has been done before, but the way they are linked by both the free fall system and the extra win lines during the feature is something new, offering a unique game play experience. The chance of winning again and again with just one spin adds an extra element of fun to the slot and the fact that it looks good too only helps.