It doesn’t have to be Valentines Day or Christmas to celebrate the sanctimony of true love. Microgaming don’t think so anyway, that’s why they’ve packed this sickly-sweet slot full of the corniest and cliched love-related imagery this side of Take Me Out.
Presented over a standard 5x3 setup worth 20 paylines, Love Bugs certainly does have the bug for love. In fact, they’re everywhere. Adorable looking houses and blissful fluffy clouds sit behind a flurry of cartoon-like hearts in the backdrop, a million sweet nothings away from the mortgaged-up reality of marriage in 2019.
The look of love: first impressions last?
This strong theme is present throughout the whole game and it’s helped along by the symbolism. A love letter, chocolates, flowers, champagne, a gold necklace, perfume, a violin, a huge diamond ring and a heart shaped view of Venice (really?) make up the main body of symbols, with varying levels of value.
The wilds come in the form of two love bugs, they do the usual substituting and trigger the free spins feature. The scatter is an arrow-pierced heart, not affected by the charms of the wild unfortunately.
Every love story starts with a bonus
Love Bugs Free Spins
Ladybirds are called Ladybugs in the US, I learned that from YouTube, and if you get one of these on reel one and a love bug on reel five, you’ll be looking at up to 40 free spins. A short sequence will start, watch as the bugs float through the canals of Venice, under a series of four bridges. There will be objects falling from the bridges, but unlike from actual Venice bridges these won’t be burger boxes or ice cream wrappers, they are prizes.
These special prizes include a diamond ring (which will double your price money) and a necklace (which will be worth ten spins). If you catch all four necklaces and you’ll win 40 spins but get none and just get some nominal prizes. Spins start when this charade is over.
If you hate having winnings and want the best solution for losing everything you’ve made so far, try the gamble feature. Attempt to double or quadruple your winnings on this colour and suits card guessing game but most likely end up with sweet nothing – and not the nice kind.
We like Love Bugs, because for all its tackiness it looks and feels great. The sound effects are also quite entertaining, and the characters are cute if that’s your thing. My thing is money, and with 40 free spins and a potential for double prizes I’m willing to fall head over heals for this one.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring