Celtic tradition is rich with legend but shrouded in mystery. And one major element that lends proof of the Celtic people is their stone circles. In fact, two of the most popular stone circles, Stenness and Callanish, on the Scottish isles of Orkney and Lewis are thought to be the oldest in the UK, believed to date back 5,000 years. But these same stone circles that give a peek into the lives of the Celtic people are the same artifacts that cloak it in mystery.
There have been speculations about the stone circles’ origins ranging from astrology devices to ritualistic elements. But whatever it is, one thing is for sure. These stones are not a natural occurrence. Because of the specific dimensions of each stone, these were believed to be man-made and moved to the spot they are found in now.
The setting of the game is a mysterious forest shrouded in mist and covered in moss. The reels appear in a large stone gate which seems to display marks found in Celtic culture and tradition. Because the game is supposedly set a mystical realm, its layout, theme and design are visually appealing and intriguing. Its symbols are taken straight out of the Druid civilization and add to the dark yet magical vibe of the game. The sound effects also emanate a mysterious aura keeping the players immersed in the game, hyping up the overall playing experience.
With an RTP of 96.7%, this 5-reel, 3-row video slot features 25 paylines. A medium to low variance game, expect frequent payouts that aren’t however, as high as you’d find in other spots.
Graphics – 94%
Gameplay – 92%
Bonuses – 93%
Value – 94%
Overall – 93.25%
· Medium to low variance slot allows more frequent wins albeit smaller payouts
· Simple and straight to the point gameplay
· Crisp, clean graphics
· Mobile and desktop compatibility
· Scatters do not pay whatsoever
· No extra bonuses for hitting a line of Wilds
· Low win symbols pay very low and hardly have any returns
Secret of the Stones slot evokes a vibe that we wouldn’t necessary consider as eerie but it does have a lot of mysterious and mystical qualities to it. This is no surprise considering the culture it is fashioned after. Celtic traditions and beliefs are still quite muddled to modern day man because there isn’t much evidence left of it to pursue a solid theory otherwise. However, the famed stone circles and carvings prove that there was a strong spiritual connection to their environment at the time. Secret of the Stones is filled with these Celtic symbols, from the Tree of Life to intricately carved animals.
Low win symbols include what you’d typically find in other slots: 10, J, Q, K and A. However, these symbols don’t give much payout for wins. So, if you want to win bigger, the symbols that should actually matter to you are the high win symbols including a snake with x10 for 3 reels, x50 for 4 reels and x200 for 5 reels, a wolf with x10 for 3 reels, x75 for 4 reels and x300 for 5 reels, a bull with x15 for 3 reels, x100 for 4 reels and x500 for 5 reels, an owl with x20 for 3 reels, x150 for 4 reels and x750 for 5 reels, and finally, a deer with x25 for 3 reels, x300 for 4 reels and x1250 for 5 reels.
Secret of the Stones slot game has both the Wild and Scatter features found in many of the Netent games. The Wild symbol appears in the form of the Druid and can replace any other symbol on the reels to form winning combinations except for the Scatter. On the other hand, the Scatter symbol is the Celtic Tree of Life. It can trigger up to 10 Free Spins when 3 or more of these symbols appear. A player can also win these additional bonuses from these features: extra x1 or x2 multipliers, extra 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 Free Spins, have the 2nd and 4th reel fully covered with the Druid symbol and additional Wild symbols when 2 high paying symbols turn into additional Wilds and earn more money with free spins.
To play, set the bet level: Adjust the Level switch which ranges from 1 to 10 and the Coin Value switch which ranges from 0.01 to 0.5. To bet at the maximum amount, choose Max Bet. If you’re not up for continuously clicking on the Spin button like other casino games for real money, click on Autoplay and choose the number you want the reels to spin automatically for.