Whoever 4ThePlayer poached for their graphics artist, they certainly knew what they were doing – just loading up this slot for the first time, 3 Secret Cities video slot screams quality. We’ll talk more about the graphics later, but for now let’s just say that you are reading about another ultra-volatile game with 1,024 ways to win, an RTP of 96.50% (increasing to 98% if you use the bonus buy feature), and a maximum win of… 50,000x your stake. Yup, 4ThePlayer has done it again.
The three cities concept is employed here using a map, showing the location of the Jungle City, the Lake City, and the Gold City. The paytable makes clear that the jungle city has the best bonus chance but landing two scatters can potentially take you to the next city – predictably, the gold city is where the biggest wins can be found. Don’t panic though – the RTP is the same every spin, it’s just a case of the bonus round having a better pick feature in the later cities. We’ve got a lot to explain, haven’t we?
Don’t fancy reading about it? If you’d rather just get into the game and find out what all this mysterious talk is about, why not just fire up the free demo slot of 3 Secret Cities instead.
3 secret cities slot theme, stakes, pays & symbols
Let’s go back to those graphics for a moment – this game wouldn’t look out of place on any Las Vegas casino floor, and the choice of Relax Gaming seems a little strange all things considered. Checking the release date, this appears to be one of 4ThePlayer’s earlier releases, and it seems fair to guess that they had limited options back then. Their later releases are being published mostly by Yggdrasil, who seem a much better fit for what 4ThePlayer is trying to do, that’s not to knock Relax – only to say that the popularity of 3 Secret Cities deserves to be much higher and Relax Gaming just don’t have the same kind of installed base that Yggdrasil does in the European market.
The first words on the 3 Secret Cities slot game paytable are “Win up to 50,000x” – this seems fair to me. If I was creating games and offering a jackpot as high as this, I would want to push it hard too. Scatter symbols appear only on reels 1, 3, and 5, and have no payout of their own as such, though if you hit two and fail to move to the next city, the game will chuck you 50x your bet as a consolation prize. Name me another game that has ever paid you 50x your bet for two scatters. We’ll be waiting for you to let us know, but just so you know, we won’t be around when the lights go out in the universe. As for the regular symbols, 4ThePlayer conveniently shows the pay out as a multiple of your stake – something other developers really ought to get on board with – and you are looking at 5x your stake for the top symbol, followed by 4x, 3x, and 2.5x before we get onto the playing card low pay symbols.
The betting range begins at €0.10 just like every other 4ThePlayer game we have seen – the developer clearly understands that not everybody has money to burn, they just want you to play slots and have a chance of winning big without spending upwards of €1 per spin. On the other hand, if you want to spin at €20.00 a go, the option is there for you. Just be careful, only the largest of bankrolls can sustain such bets for long.
base game & modifiers
Playing 3 Secret Cities feels like an adventure. There have been games like this before, but they tended to use the pirate map trope and have you sailing around the high seas to different islands. The Aztec setting of 3 Secret Cities feels fresh, and although there isn’t much to look forward to during the base game as far as mods go, huge wins are possible thanks to the stacked symbols, which appear as four-high picture symbols rather than regular stacks.
Get a full stack of the top paying symbol on every reel and you will win 5x your stake multiplied by 1,024 – that’s 4,096x your stake. How do you get higher? Take a look at the free spins feature below to learn the secret.
double scatter feature
During the base game you will actually find yourself wanting to hit two scatters, because whether you move to the next city or just get 50x your stake, either is a reasonable reward. As we said in the previous section, this is really quite unique and just like 4ThePlayer to come up with – they are creating games based on years of experience playing slots, and they are using that experience to offer games which should appeal to anyone who loves playing online slots.
3 secret cities slot free spins Feature
You begin your game in Jungle City, and this is where you will be returned to after each set of free spins that you win. As you move from city to city, there are short-term stops which will add extra potential when you manage to win a free spins feature. These interim stops improve the options on the pyramid that you will be presented with when you are lucky enough to hit three scatters. Let us talk about what you can win, depending on where you are when the three scatters drop into view:
jungle city free spins
The Jungle City has the highest chance of winning free spins, but those free spins have the lowest potential for big wins – makes sense. You will be seeing these more often, after all. During this mode, your bonus will begin with 12 free spins, you can add a x4 multiplier to your bonus if you are lucky on the pyramid. The maximum number of free spins is 15 in Jungle City, and the maximum win potential is between 12,000x to 15,000x depending on the number of free spins you win. Still, those aren’t bad numbers for the lowest of the three cities, don’t you think?
lake city free spins
Make it to the lake city and your situation will improve. Now, you can win 17, 20, or 25 free spins, and the possible multiplier increases to 6x, 7x, or 8x, depending on which free spin count you are awarded. Maximum win potential increases to 20,000x, 25,000x, or even 30,000x in Lake City, making bonus rounds even more exciting in this city.
gold city free spins
You can guess can’t you – things improve even further here. The maximum number of free spins on the pyramid is now 50, although you are much more likely to receive one of the lower options – 30, 35, or 40. The multipliers get really crazy now, topping out at 15x, but you probably won’t feel too let down by 4ThePlayer if you “only” receive a multiplier of 9x, 10x, or 12x, will you?
Gold City is where the jackpot can be won, unsurprisingly. Maximum wins of 35,00x, 40,000x and the advertised 50,000x can all be won here if only luck goes your way. As with many other 4ThePlayer games, 3 Secret Cities has already handed out some huge wins to players, despite the fact it is far harder to find than other titles by this developer.
The best part is, the pyramid works differently in gold city – you will be awarded a cash prize with every pick, until you make it to the top, and the temple free spins begin. This bonus round is an absolute monster and is absolutely worth playing this game until you hit it.
3 secret cities slot review final thoughts
It’s fascinating that 3 Secret Cities is one of the least popular 4ThePlayer titles – it doesn’t deserve to be. If ever there was a slot that could be called a “sleeper”, then this is it – don’t miss out on some of the best online slotting action currently on the market. Your favourite online casino may not have this one, but you will not have to search too hard to locate it. So, find it, play it, get to the Gold City, and retrieve the winnings you have always wanted. That is our advice. It’s a treacherous path with many obstacles along the way, but you will be glad when you make it to the end of your journey.