Masques of San Marco Online Slot
Masques of San Marco is an online slot game created by leading casino software provider IGT. This Venetian themed slot game includes a unique reel formation which IGT terms ‘DualPlay’, with the game’s reels displayed in a 5×6 grid. This grid is divided in two, creating two separate reel sets of 3 rows and 5 lines each. Each of the reel sets contains 20 paylines, making for 40 paylines in total, which is a unique payline structure in online slot games.
The main bonus feature in Masques of San Marco is its free spins feature, which offers 6 free spins when the feature is triggered. Also included is the Freefall Symbols feature, which comes into play when a winning symbol combination is formed on the reels. The symbols involved in that combination with disappear and more symbols will drop from above to fill their places, creating the potential for many consecutive wins.
Themes and Graphics
The Masques of San Marco online slot is set in the heart of Venice, where the annual mask festival at the famed San Marco Square takes place. The game is set against a beautiful blood-red sunset sky streaked with clouds, complete with ancient Venetian buildings that are illuminated with bright lights and a gondolier sailing down a sparkling blue canal in the foreground.
The two reel sets are positioned to the right of the screen, and are deep transparent blue in colour. These reels are encased in ornate white Italian pillars complete with carvings of masks, vines and griffons. Even the pay table has been designed in a classic Venetian style to echo the theme of this slot while remaining neat and simplistic.
On the Reels
The reel symbols of Masques of San Marco are richly coloured and have a simple 2-dimensional design. Players can expect to see copper suns, glowing blue moons and golden stars on the reels, as well as four different masked characters displayed in various colours to keep with the mask festival theme.
The purple and gold Venetian ‘Wild’ icon serves as the Masques of San Marco wild symbol. This wild symbol can substitute for all other symbols in the game to complete and create winning combinations. The only symbol that the wild cannot substitute is the green and gold mask bonus symbol.
The golden ‘Bonus’ mask decorated with green and blue feathers is the Masques of San Marco bonus symbol. Landing 3 or more of these ‘Bonus’ symbols on either the top or bottom half of the game’s reels will trigger the game’s Free Spins feature.
Free Spins Feature
Once 3 bonus symbols have landed on either of the reel sets to trigger the Free Spins feature, players will instantly be awarded 6 free spins with which to play. Additionally, the divide between the two reel sets will fall away during the feature, creating an additional 20 paylines. The Freefall Symbols feature will also remain in place during the free spins to create consecutive wins.