Emperor of the Sea is another Asian themed slot to join the online ranks. This slot takes a slightly different approach to the norm however, as many of the symbols are sea-based. You have a sea dragon surrounded by flames (despite being in the ocean!), a pair of fish loosely designed on the yin and yang symbol and a red sailed ship moving across the sea.
Throughout the game you have a stacked wild symbol which will make those all-important wins much easier to come by. These wilds become even more important during the free spins feature where rolling reels also enter the fray.
This MicroGaming designed slot has five reels with each of the reels four symbols high. The game has the unusual amount of 88 win-lines. This is said to be a lucky number in China, so hopefully it will be lucky for you too. You can also choose to play 38 or 68 win-lines. You can bet from 1c per line and up from there.
Wins pay from left to right. The highest paying standard symbol in the game is the sea dragon. This is worth 500 coins for the maximum five in a row and is one of three symbols which pays for 2 or more symbols (you’ll need at least 3 in a row for the subsequent symbols). Next on the pay table is an ornate green pot which contains gold coins. This has a top win of 350 coins. A tortoise on top of gold coins pays 325 coins. The fish and the ship pay 225 and 200 as top prizes respectively.
The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. The Jack upwards have added Far Eastern symbols attached, making them stand out.
The wild symbol shows the logo of the slot. This appears on all five reels and is stacked throughout. This symbol will substitute for every other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. With 88 win-lines and stacked wilds you’ll have some spins where many of the 88 will pay out at the same time. This wild symbol is also the highest paying in the game, with 525 coins heading your way for the maximum 5. The dream scenario will see you fill all five reels with this wild. This will lead to a 525-coin win 88 times.
The final symbol in the game is a gold ingot. This acts as the scatter symbol. If you land three or more across any of the reels you’ll enter the free spins feature. You’ll also land an instant win too of up to 100x your stake when landing these scatters.
The feature will see you gain 8 free spins. These spins are not your average spins however. The first boost is the fact that the stacked wilds grow by 1 wild at each spin. This will make it much more likely that wilds will fill an entire reel. The second boost is that the slot will now follow the ‘rolling reels’ format. This will see winning symbols disappear and be replaced by the symbols from above. Multiple wins will now be possible at every free spin. These eight spins can be very valuable!
The backdrop to this slot is very impressive. It simply shows the sea and the sky in the same blue colour. However, this is drawn in an eye-catching Asian style which really stands out. The reels have a plain white background and are brought to life by the very colourful symbols. The themed symbols are especially well designed, although animation could have gone further. The only animation occurs when you land a win with the wild symbol. A very fitting Asian soundtrack plays throughout, adding the perfect atmosphere to the game.
With so many Asian themed slots in the online casino world, it can be tough for individual games to make their mark. Emperor of the Sea just about achieves this. This is due to the slightly quirky feel of the slot. 88 win-lines is certainly unique. While ever-lengthening stacked wilds and rolling reels make for a feature certainly worth striving for. Emperor of the Sea might not make your top 10, but it is certainly worth a spin or two.