There are underwater themed slots from many software houses – though few are as slick and beautifully produced as Amaya’s Captain Nemo slot machine. This is themed on the fiction character from the novels of Jules Verne. While some of the designs show retro items (for example the old-style diving suit), the slot is very much up to date.
There is a stunning bonus game, where you pick spots from a sonar map. You can reveal cash wins, multipliers or ships wheels – which can take you to a separate wheel jackpot game. That jackpot is well worth scooping. At the time of writing this was in the high 6-figures range – enough to give anyone’s slot bankroll a serious boost.
The transparent reels of the Captain Nemo slot show an underwater scene. There are 5 reels, with 3 rows of nautical symbols on each one. 20 win-lines cross these, and you can choose fewer if you wish. There are the usual ‘bet max’ and ‘auto play’ options available.
On my first spin, I lined up 5 of the Captain Nemo symbols. I was about to celebrate a big win, only to find out that this portrait is one of the lower paying symbols! The highest paying symbol shows 2 sunken ships, with an anchor and weeds in the foreground. This is worth 4000 coins for 5 of a kind, and pays all the way down to just 1 (in the left-hand side reel). This is also a substitute symbol – replacing all the regular symbols, though not the scatter.
Regular symbols include a submarine (Nautilus), a volcano, a map and magnifying glass, and a sonar device. The lower paying symbols are all underwater themed. With an old-style divers’ mask, a compass, a seagull, octopus, oyster with pearl and the good captain himself in view. There are no playing card symbols, and all the graphics are superbly drawn.
Scatters are a glowing golden square surrounded by gold that contain the slot logo. These trigger the bonus game (three or more are needed for this) and also have their own wins. Those wins depend on the total number in view, rather than on the win-lines. You get 100x your total bet for 5 of a kind, 20x for 4, 5x for 3 and 1x for just 2. These wins are in addition to any normal line wins or bonus round cashes.
When you trigger the bonus, you see an impressive sequence where a hatch opens up in the middle of the screen. This reveals a sonar setup, with a beam going around in a circle. On the sonar device are 100 green dots. These are in different patterns each time you play.
You pick these dots by clicking on them. Most of the time they will reveal a cash amount, which gets added to your total. You can also get a win multiplier, which applies to your whole cash amount. Other dots reveal mines, called ‘Strikes’. These total up below the reels, and when you get 3 the bonus game is over.
There are also ships wheels under some dots. You need 3 of these to get to the next part of the bonus, which is a jackpot wheel. This has two wheels. The outer one has prizes and arrows pointing inwards. If you get the arrow then you spin a second wheel, which will award the big jackpot or other large prizes.
The scene around the reels really brings the era to life. To the left there is a diver, complete with huge mask and old-style metal diving suit. To the right are the tentacles of what could well be a giant octopus. There are also weeds, fish and bubbles.
Above the reels you’ll see spotlights and a golden logo, with the jackpot ticking up on the left-hand side. All the symbols look amazing, with the oyster / pearl combo standing out due to the pink colors. The animation for the wild is excellent. You move over the bottom of a dark ocean.
When you get to the bonus game, the graphics go up to a new level. The hatch opening sequence and sonar picks game are both beautifully produced. There is dramatic music for your wins and spins. This will kick in between spins as well – to remind you to press that spin button again!
This one has made my ‘must see’ list out of the Amaya slots selection. It is a solid game, with only the one bonus game (with a jackpot round within it), however the graphics and solid game play make up for the lack of features. With big wins possible from picking those sonar spots, you really need to take the plunge and check out Captain Nemo soon!