Aquatic Treasures Slot Review
Aquatic Treasures is a game that comes via Gold Coin Studios, a smaller developer that’s working with Microgaming, offering the bigger company its slot machines under exclusivity. Treasures and the ocean seem to go hand in hand, mostly because of all the ships that have sunk over the centuries, some of them carrying great riches. It’s not a bad idea for a slot’s theme, but neither is this particularly interesting, so it needs something else to get the player interested in it. Will it have enough in other areas to achieve this? Let’s see.
First of all, the setup is the standard one, using the 5x3 reels to get you 20 active lines, which will be fixed. Through those lines and all the game’s combinations, about the best reward you can walk away with will be worth a measly 357x the stake, which is low when there is medium volatility involved. Still, despite the boring math model, the game still ends up with a decent RTP, at 96.03%. Among its interesting features, I’d mention expanding wilds, scatters or free spins.
Aquatic Treasures Betting and Prizes
Selection of the wager is done for all 20 lines at a time, and from a list of potential values that can be used. The minimum one is $0.20, where each line gets $0.01, and the highest one is $100, for a $5 line bet.
The payouts are the ones that should be most annoying in this case. With winning combinations bringing you at most 7.5x the stake ($750) per line, a single paid spin can offer you up to 150x the stake, and that’s if all 20 lines get involved.
The game does a bit better over the free spins, and wins of up to 357x the stake seem to be allowed at that point, but that’s a figure that you’d expect in a slot with low volatility, not in a medium volatility game. At the very least, I’d like to see top jackpots worth 3x to 5x that amount, for it to be worth checking out.
I’m not saying that the game is not fair, as it does deliver a long-term RTP of 96.03%. It’s just not very well designed, in giving the player rewards that will match the risk involved.
The Dolphin Wild is one of the major symbols that should be mentioned in this section. It’s landing only on the middle three reels, so paying you directly is out of the question. However, the symbol does manage to help out as a substitute fairly often, since it has the ability to expand and take over an entire reel, provided that a win would result from this. Of course, the substitution occurs only when the rest of the symbols needed for a combo are present as well, and it doesn’t apply to scatters.
The second feature symbol, the scatter, will also rely on the image of a couple of golden dolphins which are circling a pearl, and through them you can gain access to 8 free spins, provided that you get the minimum three symbols which are required for this.
While going through the slot’s free spins, you can retrigger it with another set of scatters, and as a bonus you will find that wild symbols are easier to get. It’s not as feature rich and important of a feature, as it would be in other games, unfortunately.
Theme & Design
It’s taking us to an underwater location, but it doesn’t show us anything of substance in the background image. You can tell that the reels are placed under the surface, and there is light coming from the top, but that’s not enough to make the game pretty. The reels are darker than the rest of the water, and they have a fairly simple mix of symbols.
Dolphins and Pearls are relied upon to be the wild and scatter, respectively, while as regular icons you will find a variety of uncut gemstones (purple, green, blue) and the Royals (going from 10 to A).
Overall, it’s a disappointing design, much too simple and lacking any attractive graphics. The ocean can be a gorgeous place, and most ocean themed slot machines will take advantage of that, using those treasures, plants and fish to their advantage. We see nothing of the sort here.
Aquatic Treasures slot doesn’t have a lot to offer. It gives you long-term odds about as good as any of the other modern slots being released, but its math model doesn’t work as well, and the graphics are boring to say the least, delivering more playing card symbols (Royals) than aquatic life. Add the very low top jackpots, which don’t seem to mesh well with the game’s medium volatility, and I’m not impressed with the overall offer of this game.