Thanks to the title we’ve all got that dreadful Chris de Burgh tune from the 80s rolling around our heads in the office, utterly unfortunate. However, Microgaming have made a departure from the usual bold and bright games with tis sexy, sultry and downright smooth slot, Lady in Red.
Presented over the typical 5x3 setup with 25 paylines, this slot is built around a romantic theme with a questionable yet not unpleasant soundtrack, this slot picks up on the undertones of that 80s ‘hit’ with emphasis on the romance and sensuality of a jazz club of that era.
The signs and symbols of the time
Back in the 80s things were a bit different to how they are today. Attitudes and standards in society were tackier, less inclusive and generally naïve. The symbols of this slot encompass this perfectly, and for the sake of our own sanity and our faith in modern casino slots, we assume they are designed ironically.
The higher value symbols include a tumbler of whisky, red roses and lipstick-stained napkin, along with the band and the female singer, dressed appropriately for the theme. Numbers provide the symbolism for the lower value wins.
The wild in the game comes in the form of the Lady in red logo, replacing all other symbols to form wins, except the scatter. That scatter is the camera symbol and comes in very handy to activate the all-important free spins feature.
The bonuses of wearing red
The free spins feature provided the only respite from the base game, as it is the one and only feature available. Triggered by getting three or more scatter across the reels, there are several levels that you may play at depending on the amount of said scatters appear.
Get three of the camera scatters for 15 free spins, four cameras get you 20 spins and five cameras get you 25 free spins. All wins that come during this round will be tripled, and the feature can be retriggered whilst being played should you get a further three scatters across the reels.
A nice tip for players of Lady in Red
The number of paylines you choose won’t affect the probability of the free spins round triggering, as it’s purely based on the landing of random scatters and not paylines based combinations. However, if you play for bigger stakes then you’ll obviously see proportionately larger wins.
We struggled to find an angle from which to push Lady in Red at the overview point. It’s average, let down in a way by the lack of any significant bonus features. The soundtrack is like Marmite, love it or hate it. Overall, try it out, the free spins do tend to activate fairly easily, but if it doesn’t bite or you get bored it’s probably best to just move on.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with this slot but it’s pretty run of the mill and has no extra features that might mark it out from any other game. Worth playing for a few minutes just to experience the awful music.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring