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3 Secret Cities from 4ThePlayer takes us on a quest into the dark jungles to find the lost Aztec temples and as the name of the game suggests, there’s more than one to discover.
Jungle City, Lake City and Gold City hold unfathomable secrets and rewards, but only the most daring and cunning explorers have a chance at fortune within.
4ThePlayer may have what some may consider to be an ‘overused’ Aztec theme, but they’ve incorporated it into the game in a way that nobody else has. 3 Secret Cities is truly dynamic, and the introduction of the BONUS↑UP mechanic gives players the chance to play to improve their next bonus.
4ThePlayer are truly an underrated player in the game. Their ‘Games made by players 4ThePlayers’ ethos materialises in content that stands out from the crowd, with features like Big Reel Portrait Mode, Dual Spin and Wild Choice features offering the player a perspective and experience that they haven’t seen before.
With a sense of anticipation and a keen desire to adventure, let’s delve in to 3 Secret Cities and see what awaits within the jungle.
The design quality for 3 Secret Cities is superb.
An immersive experience is exactly what 4ThePlayer strive for in their games and 3 Secret Cities delivers both in the visual and audio department.
In the background you’ll see dense jungle, wildlife and that all important temple. However, your wanderlust takes you to more places than one.
In 3 Secret Cities, you’ll travel between locations as you experience Jungle City, Lake City and Gold City. Because of this, the visuals and audio will change depending on where you happen to be in your journey.
Lake City situates the player looking out toward a picturesque setting with waterfalls and mountains, but your attention will undoubtedly be fixated on the temple sitting at the edge of the Waterfall in all its majesty.
Gold City takes the player to a long forgotten part of the jungle, with statues carved into the rocks depicting Aztec Gods. Here you’ll find the illustrious Golden Temple shimmering gloriously amidst the ruins.
This changing dynamic gives 3 Secret Cities and ever changing and interesting theme with a lot to see. You can tell that a lot of in depth and careful thought went in to designing both the concept and actual design of these locations.
Desktop users may not notice anything particularly different from any other slot in terms of how the game is presented, but Mobile users can once again experience the BIG REEL Portrait Mode seen before in previous 4ThePlayer titles.
This option will enlarge the reels, stacking them on top of each other and changing the game to spin from left to right and pay top to bottom, maximising the visual experience.
Betting options in 3 Secret Cities are pretty extensive, with a low option of £/€0.10 per spin and a high option of £/€20 per spin.
Between the two, there are lots of different increments, meaning that there’s almost certainly an ideal option for all here.
The highest paying symbols in 3 Secret Cities are the Priestess symbol and the Explorer, and both appear stacked. The Panther is the next highest paying symbol, and the Necklace and the Golden Snake are on equal grounds as the two lowest paying premium symbols.
A, K, Q, J & 10 serve as the lower paying symbols, and the Golden Aztec Coin symbol acts as a Wild, substituting for all except the Scatter symbols.
4ThePlayer have opted for a ‘ways to win‘ mechanic in 3 Secret Cities rather than conventional pay lines.
To form a win, you’ll need at least 3 (or 2 Priestess or Explorer) symbols to connect from left to right, starting from the left most reel. Ignoring classic set lines means that 3 Secret Cities has up to 1,024 ways to win.
This type of play style doesn’t make 3 Secret Cities stand out by any means, but the differences become clear as you look closer at the game to understand the BONUS↑UP feature.
4ThePlayer’s brand new and unique BONUS↑UP feature changes the location and potential as you play.
At the top of the screen, you’ll see the BONUS↑UP section.
This shows you where you currently stand in terms of the top prizes available in your next bonus. Clicking on this will show an interesting map that shows your progression towards the next location, and the Free Spins, Multipliers and Maximum Wins available with the best set up available at those points.
This kind of transparency on what is possible as a maximum prize both tempers expectations and builds anticipation.
Jungle City offers the lowest potential, and Lake City has the potential to pay out more. Gold City is the top level with the highest potential rewards.
Progression to the next City and thus a higher potential can be obtained via normal play, or by landing 2 Scatters, which gives you a ‘pick me’ option.
This Pick Me Feature will either give you an instant Cash reward up to 50x your bet or progression to the next city.
The game may bonus at any point, no matter your location or progression towards the next one. Once played, you’ll be reset back to Jungle City.
Jungle City has the best chance to Bonus, and the chance to Bonus it again within a certain number of spins is dramatically increased.
Free Spins in 3 Secret Cities is obtained by landing 3 Scatter Symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5.
Before the bonus starts, the player is taken to the Temple Pick where the set up going in to the bonus is configured via choices made by the player.
Starting at the bottom row, you’ll select a block which reveals 1 of the following things
The top prizes available are determined by your progression thus far in the BONUS↑UP feature.
The higher you get in the Temple Pick, the better the prizes are. This means that you have a chance to improve your multiplier, stacked symbol or spins by selecting the right blocks further up the Temple.
Once the ‘X’ is revealed, then the Free Spins will be played with your current set up. Landing Scatters on reels 1 and 3 within the bonus will award 5-10 extra spins. Once again the Pick Me functionality comes in to play here and the choice determines your spins.
3 Secret Cities is the first instalment from 4ThePlay to have a Bonus Buy functionality for those within jurisdictions that allow them.
3 options are available here, depending on the temple you wish to travel to.
Bonus Buys do not affect BONUS↑UP progress.
Top Prizes for each
3 Secret Cities is due for a network release on 26.05.2021
There is a Limited Exclusive Release Date for LeoVegas, meaning that you’ll be able to play it there from 21.05.2021
4ThePlayer are members of Relax Gaming’s Silver Bullet Platform and Yggdrasil’s YGS Masters Program. Meaning that any Casinos that integrate the Relax Gaming or Yggdrasil Platform may host 4ThePlayer games.
3 Secret Cities is to release on the Relax Gaming Silver Bullet Platform.
4ThePlayer have lived up to their name by putting their heads together to create something that addresses the frustrations that players face in conventional games by creating a dynamic and ever-changing environment.
The BONUS↑UP feature changes the game completely, and the excitement as you build up towards higher rewards and better cities really gets your blood pumping.
3 Secret Cities is a highly volatile game, the most volatile seen yet from 4ThePlayer in fact, so don’t be too disheartened if you get deeper into the BONUS↑UP feature and still see a bit of an underwhelming bonus.
As mentioned, progress resets when you do land the bonus, which can actually happen fairly quickly. Not wanting the game to Bonus until you get deeper into the jungle is a strange and conflicting feeling, but the deeper you go, the higher the potential.
3 Secret Cities is an adventure unlike any other, and the innovation displayed here by 4ThePlayer showcases just how much room there is for transformation in a world of gaming that seems to heavily lean towards safe and oversaturated features like Megaways Slots and the ‘Book of’ style of play.
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