Cultivating a healthy crop of coins is the goal in Secret Garden, a nature-themed slot from Eyecon. Played using a 5 reel, 25 payline game engine and available on all devices, it comes with wild payouts that are doubled and a free spins round where all payouts are trebled. Play from between 25p and £12.50 per spin.
Visually, Secret Garden is pretty simple – the imagery has a slight blocky feel and doesn’t match the slick efforts we’ve become used to seeing from some (often Scandi) developers. There’s a certain rural charm about the symbols though.
There’s no playing card filler here – all of the symbols match the nature theme. Look out for ladybirds, butterflies, daffodils and sunflowers which award up to 4 times your stake per payline. They’re followed by the tree and toadstool that pay up to 5 times your stake, the blue bird and dragonfly which pay up to 10 times your stake and the orange bird which awards up to 18 times your stake.
The 2 top paying standard symbols are the sun and the rainbow – land 5 of these and you’ll win 38 times your stakes. Those numbers are dwarfed by what’s on offer from the padlock which is the game’s wild – land 5 of these and you’ll pocket a massive 380 times stake prize. Any standard symbol payline win that includes a wild is doubled.
Secret Garden comes with a Free Games feature – land 3, 4 or 5 red rose scatters and you’ll win a payout equal to 5, 20 or 450 times your total stake as well as 15 free spins. All winning lines created during the feature are boosted by a 3x multiplier and trebled. You can re-trigger more free spins too if the red roses fall nicely with up to 240 free spins in total.
This is just what we’ve come to expect from Eyecon slots – the visuals owe as much to an old Commodore 64 as an HD video game and the soundtrack is pretty generic. Their slots remain playable though because of the features and Secret Garden is no exception.
The double wild wins help the base game action moving but the best winning opportunities come via the bonus round where the 3x multiplier and really get the coins flying – there’s up to 1,140 times your stake to be won on every free spin!
We’d have liked to have seen Eyecon’s pick’em and match and win rounds here. That aside, there’s plenty to like in this Secret Garden. The foliage may not be particularly beautiful but get lucky with the free spins and the results can be blooming marvellous. If you like the theme, NetEnt’s Flowers is highly recommended.