Secret Code Slot
Even through there is no direct reference, this slot brings to mind the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. The setting involves monks with daggers, secret boxes and choral chanting when the reels stop and when you hit wins.
This is another beautifully produced online slot from Net Entertainment. There is a free spins game (which includes win multipliers), expanding wilds in the base game and a separate break out bonus which has a sinister edge to the game play.
How to Win on Secret Code
There is no secret to how you’ll win, there are 5 reels, each with 3 rows of symbols and 20 win lines to line up those symbols on. The guy holding a scroll (presumably the main code-breaker) is the best paying symbol – and is worth 4,000 coins if you hit 5 in a row. As with all the symbols, there is a big jump from 5 of a kind to 4 and under. In this case the 4 of a kind win is for 200 coins, with 50 for 3 and 10 coins for just 2.
A lady holding a glowing green gem comes next, worth 2000 coins for 5 of a kind. This is followed by an ancient book (1500) and an old egg-timer (1000). Instead of playing card symbols, Secret Code uses rings and runes to make up the smaller wins.
You’ll get a lot of extra wins from the wild symbols. These only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and are represented by a hooded monk holding a dagger. When this would create a win, the monk wild expands to cover an entire reel. You get an animation where he hits a statute with the dagger (which glows with blue runes). If you are lucky enough to get these on more than one reel at the same time you will often trigger several wins at once.
Unlocking the Secret Code Bonus Games
There are two bonus games in this slot, one is a break out game, which is triggered when you hit 3 of the elaborately designed ‘keyhole’ bonus symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5. The other is a free spins round which is triggered by hitting 3 or more of the Mayan mask-like scatter symbols.
The bonus game is unique. You will see a screen with 5 masked monk figures, each holding a wooden chest. In front of you are 5 golden keys. Your task is to drag and drop each key to a chest. This unlocks it, releasing either a blue glow (plus coin win), in which case the mask melts away to show a regular statue face. If you get a red glow, then the mask melts to reveal a hideous monster face – and you get no coins!
Free spins start with an invitation to click one of the scatter symbols. This will reveal the number of free spins and win multiplier. Other than more intensive chanting noises, the free spins round is the same as the base game. You will still benefit from the expanding wild, and can still trigger the break out bonus game. If you hit 2 or more scatters while the free spins are in play, then you get to pick again, adding to your remaining free spins.
The code is being cracked by someone from the 20th century, though the setting of the reels looks more like a 15th century monastery to me. This is really detailed, with gargoyles peeking in from a brilliantly carved structure around the outside of the reels. The backing odd the reels looks like the kind of parchment Da Vinci himself would have drawn on. Symbols are very detailed, with the bonus keyhole and scroll with magnifying glass standing out for me.
As the reels land you’ll get short bursts of choral type music, which changes up to herald any wins. During the free spins this is more intensive still. Animations are really nicely produced. During the base game the expanding wild will catch your eye – though the highlight is certainly the break out bonus game where you choose the keys.
This might be an elaborate slot, though the base setup is very much standard for NetEnt games. There are 20 adjustable win-lines, a wide range of coin sizes to bet and the chance of betting up to 5 coins per line. Auto-play and max-bet are both on offer.
With the wide appeal of mystery novels and TV shows, I can certainly see this online slot having some fans. Like many recent Net Entertainment titles, it is impossible to fault the production. While the bonus game is visually appealing, the free spins has the biggest winning potential. If you are lucky enough to combine the expanding wild with a 3x multiplier, you can consider the code to be cracked!