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Was This Slot Game Inspired By The Vampire Diaries?

March 26th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Microgaming’s Immortal Romance is an all-time favourite for many players. The game was released back in 2011 but remains largely popular amongst gamers up to this very day. It has great game features and bonuses, the graphics are amazing, the background music is eery – but perhaps what’s even more intriguing about this game is that it comes with a plot!

It’s not every day you come across a slot that actually has a story behind it, and while you might think that the reason is that this slot is recent, then you’d be pretty surprised to know that this slot’s been around for around 7 years.

I’ve only discovered some time ago, but I remember the first thing that came to mind when I first played it and read the characters’ backstories, is how strongly it reminded me of the Vampire Diaries series, which I had completely obsessed over as a teenager.

The storyline of the TV series is so similar to the theme of Immortal Romance, and considering that the very first episode of the Vampire Diaries aired in 2009, (my goodness that’s a long time ago) and that the Immortal Romance slot game was released in 2011, I like to think that the developers were somehow inspired by the much-loved supernatural series.

After all, it was around the time where mythical creatures like werewolves, witches and particularly vampires could be found almost everywhere you looked – in novels, movies, – there was also the first Twilight movie that was released in 2008.

But back to the game, let me show you exactly what I’m talking about by highlighting the similarities and differences found between the slot game and the TV series.

First of all, let’s talk about the characters in the slot game. There are four characters in total, which can be very easily compared to four main characters in the series:

  • Sarah The Protagonist – Think of her as Elena
  • Michael The Good Vampire Who Is Also Desperately In Love With Sarah – Obviously, Stefan
  • Amber The Witch – This would be Bonnie
  • Troy The Bad Vampire – Ding, ding, ding! Damon!

Now, of course, it’s not enough to have four characters that share a few similarities, so I’ll take you through a few short character descriptions so you can get an idea of the story, and then we’ll see how they differ from that of the television series.

Amber, The Witch

So first off we have Amber. In the game, we’re told that Amber is a descendant of Caribbean witches and can see and manipulate unseen bio-etheric energy. Her extrasensory abilities also allow her to see the past and future of people she comes in contact with. She has known Sarah since childhood and cares deeply for her, which is why she becomes worried after having a vision of Sarah falling in love with a college professor who happens to be a vampire (Michael).

Now comparing it to the character in the series, Bonnie, there a lot of similarities in terms of how strong these characters are, and also in what position they find themselves in. They both have a very dear friend whom they’ve known since childhood and whom they care deeply about and want to protect. We all know too well how Bonnie is always ready to put herself in danger – even go to great lengths such as sacrificing herself to save her friends. She’s sacrificed herself for Jeremy and even Damon!

Moreover, Bonnie is a very powerful witch and continues to grow stronger throughout the series. She is also psychic; most of the time she can get a sense of something that’s about to happen, and can even get a good sense of people, like when she warned Elena about Stefan after getting the feeling of “death” from him.

Troy, The Bad Vampire

I don’t need to say why this guy’s obviously Damon. He’s rude, selfish, uses his devilish good looks to get what he wants and kills people for the fun without feeling any guilt or remorse whatsoever. We’re told he was born to a Hungarian aristocratic family in the 18th century and has known Michael for a very long time. Now in this game, the two men are not brothers, rather they are good friends and Troy is particularly loyal to Michael because he had saved him from death by the shadow council.

Now we know Damon and Stefan have quite a history, but we also know that deep down Damon loves his brother and would never want anything bad to happen to him. Just like Damon, Troy seems to appear every few decades or so to visit Michael, and is surprised this time round to find that his friend had fallen madly in love with a human (Sarah), whom he believes is hiding a dark secret which he is determined to uncover.

In the series, we later find out Elena looks exactly like Katherine Petrova because they are both doppelgängers of Amara (the first immortal). We also know that Katherine was Damon’s and Stefan’s lover back in the 19th century and that Damon has some resentment toward the woman he once loved. Well then maybe, Sarah’s secret might also have to do with her family tree, maybe her ancestry is not as “normal” as one would think.

Michael, The Good Vampire

Michael’s just like Stefan. He’s a good vampire who has done a pretty good job of keeping a low profile by choosing to feast on animal blood and investing his time in scholarly pursuits. In the game, we’re told that Michael is a college professor and meets Sarah during a medical seminar.

Although Stefan’s not a college professor, he does meet Elena at college when they lock eyes in the corridor. Just like Stefan, Michael is lovestruck by her and at first fears she might reject him upon finding out that he’s a vampire. He attempts to conceal his true nature at first but after some time he confesses everything including his undying love for her. In so far as the relations go between these two, the two stories are similar enough.

Sarah, The “Human”

You’ve already got an idea of who Sarah is and where she stands in the plot. In the game, we’re told that she is studying cellular regeneration and is trying to prove that aging is a disease of the blood that can be cured. We’re also told that after she finds out the truth about Michael who agrees to let her study his blood, she is faced with the prospect of making a breakthrough but also with the possibility of losing Michael and ruining her career.

Sarah’s backstory is completely different from that of Elena’s and the only comparisons that can be drawn are about her falling in love with a vampire, having a witch as a best friend, and finding out eventually, that she is not who she thinks she is. In the case of Elena, she finds out that she is the Mortal Shadow (doppelgänger) of Amara, who together with Silas, becomes immortal after consuming Qetsiyah’s immortality elixir.

Closing Thoughts

So that’s my take on the whole Immortal Romance vs. The Vampire Diaries dynamic, but what do you guys think? Feel free to agree and disagree and make sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….