Aquatica - Slots review

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event_note Published on 07 Nov 2016

Explore a new world under the sea in the 5-reel and 1 to 9 variable paylines slot Aquatica from Playson for your chance to hook 5,000 coins on a payline or 200x your total bet with the oyster scatter symbol!

Under the sea

Picture your reels submerged beneath the waves with reels separated only by air bubbles. The sandy bottom reveals the blurry images of treasure chests and aquatic life. The poker symbols are only the start of your journey where you encounter seahorses, puffer fish, starfish, and some other exotic fish. The pearl oyster and the diving mask represent the highest paying symbols. The game includes a really short jingle that loops and becomes quite annoying before long but the sound effects as they relate to sounds you might expect to hear from the sea depths are quite entertaining. There is also some mild animation from the fish when they are involved in a winning payline.

Standard wild and scatter features

While not a game rich in features, the game does offer two very familiar ones. The first is the diver’s helmet wild symbol, which can replace any symbol except for the scatter symbol. The wild can appear anywhere and 2, 3, 4 or 5 symbols as part of a normal payline will pay 5, 100, 500 or 5,000 coins. The pearl oyster scatter symbol will pay out regardless of position of 2x, 5x, 20x or 200x your total bet. Three or more scatters triggers 25 free spins for a chance to pile on the coins! The great thing about this feature is that it can be re-triggered while active.

Decent game but lacking depth

Aquatica has a theoretical return to player (RTP) of 95.13% which is a little less favourable than many other games but not abnormal. You can choose the shallow end with total bets of €0.01 or the deeper end with bets as big as €180. The game is straight forward, but does not offer much in the way of features, which might limit the amount of time you would want to play this one. For another, the variance for this slot is medium with wins coming every so often with big wins hard to come by and coupled with a maximum of 9 paylines it makes your odds of winning more onerous. We suggest you play with all 9 paylines to maximise your odds of winning. I found that I was able to trigger the free games feature on occasion, but found the winnings rather disappointing considering 25 free spins sounds like a chance to really clean up! If you do manage to retrigger the free spins, then it could make things much more interesting.