Mermaid’s Millions Review
Dive into deep blue inhabited by (supposedly) gorgeous, mythical creatures that are mermaids and greet Neptune, the God of seas and oceans. Here we have a veteran still standing tall and inspiring thousands of slot players to take a few spins. The user-friendly disposition of the game in conjunction with maritime aesthetics might have something to do with that, but let’s break it down and see.
One of the most raved about online slot games, Microgaming’s “Mermaid’s Millions” is a five reel, three rows, fifteen paylines game with possible bets ranging from 50p to $75. The lower value symbols are all letters and numbers (decorated in friendly looking sea crabs, starfish, squids, Neptune’s tridents and pearls), while high value symbols are a seahorse sporting his cool sunglasses, a seashell, a chest of jewels, a lovely mermaid (scatter symbol) and Neptune (wild). There is also a treasure chest bonus symbol.
7500 coin jackpot is not the highest in the business, but this game is a mid-range in terms of volatility, so you don’t have to worry about wasting too much of your deposit. The look and feel of the game are laid out so that you get your watery fix. Shades of turquoise, royal, cadet and azure blue are a backdrop for decently drawn characters. The execution here was done ages ago, so to speak, and the graphics might seem a bit lagging behind the times, but it’s a minor criticism. Sound effects are mostly bubbles inflating for that impression of aquatic ambiance. The game is playable on all mobile and tablet devices, as these are taking over from desktop computers and laptops, slowly but surely.
Landing three of more mermaid symbols will send you into Free Spins mode, where you will get ten opportunities to triple your winnings. As a nice little treat, there is a Treasure Bonus. Land three of more treasure bonus symbols and you will enter this mini game of choosing several objects behind which are random cash prizes – the number of objects you get to pick depends on the amount of treasure bonus symbols you got, so it can either be three, four or five objects. It’s a proper underwater treasure hunt!
While not groundbreaking per se, “Mermaid’s Millions” intuitive nature and care-free fun element proves for umpteenth time that not too much experimentation is a recipe for mass appeal. Also, sticking to small to medium wins with a promise of a larger jackpot is a way to go, so kudos to Microgaming for maintaining another classic slot game.