Mystic Secrets Slot from Novomatic

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Even after a few sessions on this Novomatic video slot game, I cannot find anything particularly Mystic about it, or for that matter any secrets. When you find that the symbols and graphics are medieval in nature, you’ll see that the idea was to recreate the mysteries of the legends of King Arthur. What you’ll find is a solid 5-reel video slot, with distinctive graphics and a generous free spins bonus game. During the feature, you’ll have stacked wild symbols in play – which can trigger a lot of wins. There are also scatter pays and as you would expect from a Novomatic slot, you’ll be offered the chance to gamble after any win.


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How to Win on Mystic Secrets

There are 10 win lines in play, with the following prizes listed per-coin played across these 10 lines. The biggest single prizes come from the two special symbols (see below). The biggest regular symbol prize comes via a guy in a green tunic. He will get you 2000 coins for 5 on a line, 400 for 4 and 30 coins for just 3. What could well be a princess is next at 1000 coins for 5, 200 for 4 and 120 for 3.

A golden goblet (maybe this is the holy grail?) comes next at 800 coins for 5 with a candlestick (600) and parchment (400) making up the rest of the unique regular symbols. There are playing cards, which do have a Celtic background to them to fit in nicely with the general theme, making up the smaller regular wins.

A guy who may well be the king is the wild symbol – and also the joint highest paying symbol on the reels. Hitting 5 of these on a single line will get you a 5000-coin prize, while 4 are worth 500 coins, 3 get you 50 coins with a 10-coin consolation prize for just 2 from the left. The most important role of this symbol is to create wins with other symbols (as the wild). The king also has an important role to play in the free spins bonus round.

Books are the bonus symbol. In addition to triggering the bonus (with 3+ anywhere in view), there are separate scatter prizes for this. If you hit 5 in view you will win 5,000 coins, with 500 coins for 5 and 50 coins for 3.

Expanding Wilds in the Mystic Secrets Free Spins Game

No matter how many scatter symbols you hit to start the free spins game, the default 10 free spins are awarded. There is a change to the graphics, with the reels becoming dark (they start off a plain cream color). The biggest difference is that the wild symbols now become stacked, filling all 3 positions on a reel at times. This can and will trigger all 10 win lines at once on occasion. If you are lucky with the placement of the regular wild symbols and other symbols is it possible to have some big wins coming your way.



Design and Setup

Overall the design is solid, though starting to show its age compared to other slots on the casino floor. Unusually for Novomatic games, some effort has been made with the graphics around the reels. You’ll find a forest setting with the top of a castle visible above the reels. The logo of the game is made up to look like the first letters are from Medieval parchments. I like the symbols, and even the playing cards have been designed with the theme in mind. The book is the best of the drawings, though the king, queen / princess and younger guy are also nicely done. When you win with the book there is a nice animation where it opens (this will initiate the free spins bonus game).

There is nothing Medieval about the sound, which are the usual beeps, whirrs and ticks you will find on the majority of older Novomatic slot games.

Setup-wise things are very simple. The 10 win lines are not adjustable on this title, though you do get to choose from a wide range of coin sizes. You will see your total bet displayed in the leftmost box before you hit either the spin or the simple start / stop auto play.

Overall Experience

This is a solid and enjoyable game, even though there is no secret and very little mystery involved. The highlight is the free spins round, where your wins can be large thanks to the extra stacked wilds on the reels. There is also the chance of some reasonable wins from the base game. If you enjoy the solid Novomatic games, this is one for your shortlist.

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