Even though a lot of people associate the new trends of commercial and overly romanticized interpretations of vampirism with the Twilight saga, the truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.
Many consider The Vampire Diaries to actually be the first fiction novel that changed the approach to everyone’s favourite Gothic horror theme; the book was published back in the 90’s, paving the wave for the future “forbidden fruit” romance novels with horror elements.
In 2005, when the first installment of the Twilight book series changed people’s perception of vampires (or, according to many, pretty much ruined the genre for the rest of the world), The Vampire Diaries were revisited. In 2009, The Vampire Diaries TV series started airing, accumulating an impressive number of fans and industry awards.
One year before the show officially left the small screens, RealTime Gaming gave their own contribution to the new “teen horror romance” genre, launching Eternal Love video slot in 2016. This, however, is not a branded slot and although it merely replicates the original characters, the resemblance is obvious and unquestionable.
Spins That Could Use Some Reanimation
Eternal Love is played on 5×3 reel grid with 243 paylines, producing high volatility, which some players may consider even scarier than the genre itself. The featuring characters and the high value symbols are the three young adults, two of which are clearly the Undead.
If you are familiar with the plot of the pop fiction novels mentioned above, you will immediately recognize them as the Salvatore brothers and their mortal romantic interest Elena, from The Vampire Diaries.
The Eternal Love Wild can land on the reels 2 and 4, replacing all other icons and multiplying the payout up to 3x. The only icon that cannot be replaced by the Wild is the Scatter Coin, which pays both left to right and right to left.
The Sapphire and Ruby rings are the medium value symbols, followed by the low paying A, K, Q, J, 10, and 9, ominously represented as the tombstones. All of the icons become payable in the combination of 2.
When at least three Scatter icons form a combination, 10 Free Spins will be unlocked, featuring the Life Force multiplier that can multiple the stakes by up to x100. The multiplier level is revealed at the end of the Free Spins session.
The game interface will allow the players to adjust the speed of the game and activate the Auto Play spins. Stakes can range from $0.30 to $150 and the maximum amount that can be won on a single spin is x2000 one’s bet. This is pretty decent, however, one must be mindful of the budget due to somewhat longer dead spins sessions.
Do You Believe in the Afterlife?
The afterlife definitely exists in the Eternal Love slot and new Free Spins will be awarded after the originally triggered session, but only if the Life Force number was not achieved.
When that happens, the Extended Life feature will be activated and played until the Life Force value is reached. The multiplier will increase with every free round, potentially multiplying the player’s bet by x1,000, which means that pressed bets are the key to making the most out of Eternal Love slot.
The theme itself may not be particularity meaningful to an average slot player, and some may not even realize that Eternal Love draws inspiration from a specific narrative.
This may actually work to the slot’s benefit, allowing the players to approach the game without prejudice and appreciate it for what it really is – a horror themed slot with interesting bonus features, great multiplying potential, and high volatility which equals higher adrenaline levels.