High volatility, great features, wins up to 25000 times the stake. It sounds like a heaven for lovers of the game, and I believe there are a lot of us. The re-mastered version, Secret of the Stones Max, comes from the trustful game provider NetEnt, and it has a classic 5 reels and 3 rows setup with 25 paylines. With the high popularity of mythical and ancient Celtic culture in every part of show business from movies to video games, NetEnt provided the MAX-ed version of the original from 2013.
When it comes to mythology, there is always true inspiration found in Celtic culture. The game’s providers did a good job of keeping it authentic with the classical version but also were innovative enough to make it different and unique. The graphics are pretty simple like in the original version. The big difference is that this time the sacred rock which is a background of the game is red. With the vibrant color and little sharper lines, it does look different. The music in the background is relaxing, and it makes you feel like you are in the old Celtic village surrounded by the wise druids.
As for the symbols, there are of course two types of them, the classic low pay symbols from 10 to A engraved in stone, and high pay symbols that are represented by mystical Celtic styled animal symbols. They include snakes, wolfs, bulls, owls, and the deer as the most valued. Five in a row will award you with 160 times the stake win. Opposed to this the classic version in the same situation will provide 50 times the stake win, which just shows how upgraded it really is. The scatter symbol is a mystical elder tree of life. The wild symbol is presented as old wise Druid, and wild can replace all other symbols except Scatter.
With volatility set at high, and the RTP at 96.81% this game is set for big things. Anything is to be expected, but one is for sure, the payouts will definitely not disappoint. The free spins feature is enriched with some new and exciting features which makes this game even more lovable. The betting range is wide as well, where the player can bet a minimum of 0,25 and a maximum of 125 coins per spin.
The providers made a real difference when it comes to the Free Spins feature with a lot of interesting bonuses. It is triggered when the player lands 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. The player is then awarded 10 free spins. On the beginning of free spins like in the classic game, you come to the screen with 20 hidden rocks, and you reveal 3, 4, or 5 of them, depending on how many scatter symbols you collected. The big difference is in the secrets that stones are hiding. You can win 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 10 additional free spins. Also, there are two extra wild features that turn high paying symbols wild or the 2 or 3 middle reels wild. The game also features x1, x2, and x3 multipliers randomly applied to the wins.
One thing is for sure, the providers lived up to expectations from their fans. This version of the game really offers something new and refreshing for fans of the original. With the extra features and higher volatility, and also a stunning win of up to 25000 times the stake it has proven itself as quite playable. So get ready for a real treat, and also don´t get anxious if the symbols don´t start falling your way. One good free spin round and everything comes together.