Ah romance. Who doesn’t love a good story about teenagers in love doing regular teenage things like going to the movies, driving along with their sweetheart and ripping off their shirt and becoming a werewolf? Okay, so maybe Thunderkick video slot Full Moon Romance doesn’t have quite the average teenage romance thing down, but they’re trying their best. It offers a 5x3 reel set and 15 paylines, paying only left to right. There are two special features in this slot – a free spins bonus triggered by Scatters, and a clone special feature that occurs when one of the two teenager symbols appear on the first reel in full size. Indeed, the two teenagers, Jack and Rose, are different from the rest of the icons, because they are a 3x1 size symbol instead of a regular 1x1. As such, our two sweethearts are usually going to be your best bet for wins that matter somewhat.
And there’s no way around Full Moon Romance’s low volatility. The paytable is structured very much against you, as your wins will be small regardless of your efforts. For a five of a kind win as either Jack or Rose, you only score 15x your wager, and these are the highest paying symbols in the entire game. Because of this, it’s not uncommon to lose a great deal of money if you’re unlucky with the special features activating, and to never be able to dig yourself out of that hole. The Cloning feature is really hit and miss. It has great potential for winning, but it rarely outputs anything good, so most of the time, you really want to hope for free spins to swing your way to save you from drowning in debt, so to speak. Because apart from the fact they’re free, they make our two sweethearts interchangeable symbols, allowing you to combine Jack and Rose for wins. Alongside this, the slot does just outright give you more wins while free spins are active, and all our highest wins were placed with it active.
Thunderkick’s romantic release has two big special features. The first is your standard, run of the mill free spins bonus, activated when you get between three to five Scatters at the same time on the playing field. Depending on how many Scatters trigger the bonus, you get between 10 to 20 extra turns. This special feature is the one that pays off the most, and as such, is also the most difficult to activate. It also transforms the two teenagers into werewolves, which makes them count as a single symbol, making it all the easier to make solid wins while these are active.
In addition, we have Cloning, which occurs each time Jack or Rose appear on the first reel at full length. The symbol will glimmer and replicate itself on one of the reels. It can technically do this up to four times, as to cover the entire reel. We have no doubt this bonus wouldn’t be there if the volatility was a little bit higher, but in our experience, it usually creates one or two symbols.
In closing, it looks and plays nicely, but you shouldn’t expect to leave with much heavier pockets than what you came in. The cloning and free spins bonuses are quite lucrative and we love the retro feel of the whole game and its graphics, but the low volatility and paytable really bring things down slightly. We’d still recommend giving it a spin, but keep in mind not to expect too much from it.