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Charming Hearts by Indigo Magic: sealed with a kiss


Remember those teenage years when the only care in the world was whether your crush loved you back? And how meeting the person of your dreams made butterflies in your stomach flutter like crazy? Now you can relive that innocent puppy love period with Charming Hearts, an endearing slot game conjured up by Indigo Magic from Bragg Studios. This title bedazzles with state-of-the-art visuals that can easily compete with movie blockbusters from famous animation studios, and bewitches with its irresistible mechanics that pay homage to everyone's most beloved passion in life: love itself.

General overview

The game employs a 5x4 grid, it is played on 40 paylines and its volatility is listed in the range between medium and high. The heart-shaped love potion scatters trigger the free spins feature but have no payline value, while the princess symbol is wild and generates the main thrill of the game by upgrading other character symbols. Mid-paying symbols include three different frogs that can be upgraded to high-paying symbols representing the three suitors competing for the hand of the princess. They look both cute and goofy at the same time and set the tone for the entire game that strives to amuse with its buoyant and bubbly disposition.



The first impression, especially when it comes to basic elements and backgrounds, is therefore of a game that is very attractively drawn and designed. The colors are strong and vivid, just like you would expect from a game that revolves around love. Characters on symbols are animated smoothly and gracefully and perform different gestures according to what's happening in the game. You can click or tap the symbols to see their respective payout values, and the two side bet options have these explainer windows as well. The interface isn't just pretty but also helpful and handy.

Features and mechanics

The action takes place on a beautifully drawn background with a fish pond at the forefront and a picturesque castle in the background: this is where the protagonist of the story, a beautiful maiden princess lives. Her role in the game is to create massive payouts with her ability to upgrade other character symbols. If the princess is charmed by her suitors by landing in the charming hot zone in the middle of grid three, she starts randomly blowing kisses to mid and high-paying symbols that you landed in that spin, which means frogs and princes. Frogs get promoted this way to corresponding princes, while princes are upgraded by becoming wild and/or wild multipliers. Multipliers are added together and this can result in both more and richer winning paylines, especially in the free spins feature.



Speaking of which, you trigger the free spins by landing the love potion scatter within the previously mentioned hot zone. The game then lets you choose a prince who will court the princess and try to win her heart. Each prince has a different volatility level and grants a different number of free spins. You get eight free spins from the prince that gets x5 or x10 multipliers from the princess, ten free spins with the mid-volatility one that gets x3, x4 or x5 multipliers, and twelve free spins from the prince with multipliers of x1, x2 or x3. This option lets you play the main feature the way you want and ride your luck at your own pace, and features that let you strategize your gameplay are always very welcome.



On top of that, this phase includes another handy mechanic, namely the love meter with three heart slots. Each upgrade of a prince into a wild fills the meter by one heart, and a full meter upgrades the lowest-value frog into the prince you chose at the beginning of the phase. When no more upgrades are possible, filling the love meter grants additional spins.



All this sounds impressive and rewarding by itself, but it's still not all. You can push your luck even further by turning on and off two very tempting side bet options for an additional fee: 25% of your current bet to double the chances of landing princess wilds, and 50% to double the chances of triggering the free spins feature. Needless to say, this works best together as you can then enjoy more lucrative free spins phases more often, but you also don't have to use it at all. The freedom to tailor your gameplay to your preferences is pure added value, and such versatility should make the game perform well across different markets, tastes and local preferences.



Our final verdict

The final impression corresponds to the first one and suits the name of the game well. It's seductive and charming with its adorable visuals and sound effects, it's captivating with its versatility and player-friendliness, and it's alluring with how the concept is implemented and played out. The gameplay is designed to fit well with the evergreen theme which inevitably makes for a lasting replay value. While this may be THE perfect Valentine's Day game - and it will indeed be released on February 14th - you can play it with plenty of pleasure on any given day. After all, do we love our loved ones only on Valentine's Day - or every other day as well?

Here's more information about the game.

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