Although it is never explicitly mentioned, this slot is clearly designed around Jules Verne’s’ 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea. Where else would you find a futuristic submarine, kraken’s tentacles and stern looking captain at the same time! Dramatic, almost cinematic music plays in the background – while animations really bring the theme to life.
Things are reasonably sedate in the base game. The all-ways system produces plenty of smaller wins. When you hit the bonus game, things really do come to life. First via an animated sequence, and then via a free spins game where wins get a generous 5x multiplier.
With a 5-reel, 4-row grid and no win-lines, there are a huge 1024 possible winning combinations from left to right. You can play all of these lines from just 50c per spin, and have bigger coins and / or a multiplier of up to 10x for each spin. To keep things clear, all the wins listed in the section below assume a $1 bet.
You’ll find the individual line prizes on the small side compared to many slots. Keep in mind that you can trigger up to 1024 of these in the same spin with the all ways system (and even enjoy a multiplier on top).
The top paying symbol is the Leagues of Fortune logo, which is a golden disc. This is stacked on the reels, and will often cover entire reels. This logo pays $3 for 5 of a kind, $1.50c for 4 and 50c for 3. It is also wild, replacing any regular symbol to create wins. It does not replace the scattered treasure chest symbols.
Captain Nemo comes next, looking stern, presumably across the bows of a ship. This symbol is worth $20.80c for 5 of a kind. A diver in an old-style metal diving suit comes next ($2.60c) then the exotic looking nautilus sub ($2.40c). High paying symbols are completed by an old-style map and compass.
With such rich visual effects, it is almost a shame to see that the smaller wins will come from the plain old playing card symbols. Aces down to tens are in play this time.
After every win, you can hit a button to gamble. This brings up an interesting wheel game, where you get to choose your risk level. The wheel has two segments, like a pie chart. You can change the green (win) and red (lose) segments by deciding how much you’ll like to try and win. For example, you might choose an 80% chance of winning for a small gain, or 10% for a big boost.
When you spin the wheel, a golden pointer will land somewhere on the wheel. If it is in the red zone, you lose and return to the game. As a welcome addition, you are able to bank half of your wins at any point. This can free you up for a bigger gamble with the rest!
Treasure is what this game is all about, and these symbols are welcome sights. You will get s a scatter prize for 2 or more on the reels, with the top prize for 5 being $75. 3 or more will also kick off the free spins game.
This starts with an epic battle. You see the exotic submarine and a kraken in battle. The kraken will sometimes strike the reels, breaking symbols and revealing a number of free spins. When the epic battle ends, you total up the spins revealed and start the bonus.
Things look the same as the base game during this bonus – though your wins are subject to a 5x multiplier.
While smart and nicely produced, the base game feels simple. This made me wonder if Leagues of Fortune was older than the 1024-ways setup showed. It turns out that the best design features were still to come. These appear when you trigger the free spins game. That battle, and submarine animation is amazing – worth a spin simply to see this.
The music score is straight from a blockbuster movie – fitting the theme perfectly.
This is an enjoyable underwater slot, and if you’ll pardon the pun, it has hidden depths. The first of those is the unique gamble-after-win option – which gives you control over your odds. Second is the animation which precedes the bonus game. This slot could have done with a picks bonus, though it is hard to fault on the current setup.