Aquatic Treasures: Slot Overview
Microgaming partners, the enigmatic Gold Coin Studios, are the designer behind Aquatic Treasures, possibly one of the mildest slots to come our way in a while. Down below this ocean, life is slow; the pace relaxed, the dangers minimal - then again, so are the accompanying thrills and potential. If it’s intense gaming you’re after, we might as well warn you that you won’t find it here. Bear with it though, there is a place for everything, and Aquatic Treasures might well fit a certain gambling requirement.
Aquatic Treasures makes use of a semi-transparent 5-reel, 20-payline game area set just below the surface of the sea. A somewhat basic, watery image shimmers away in the background, where from time to time sea creatures drift past. Look out for denizens-like stingrays flowing by, adding a bit of life to the scene. The ambience is further chilled by the Free Willy style soundtrack and the bubbling sounds of the sea. Aquatic Treasures’ simple styling is representative of the game as a whole.
Players can take a dip on any device, selecting stakes starting at 20 p/c, rising to £/€100 at the upper end of the scale. A medium volatile math model spits out wins at a rate of around 1 in 3 spins (32.58%), so the game is fairly eventful. Just don’t expect life-changing wins when they do hit. The theoretical RTP rate sits slightly over average on 96.03%, so it all adds up to an experience where most of the rough edges have been smoothed over.
Aquatic Treasures’ paytable is made up of 10 symbols – 8 pays, a wild (of varying sizes), and a scatter. Pay symbols start with several Art Deco font 10-A card royals, followed by three glowing gems, coloured blue, green and purple. Forming a winning combination requires three or more of a kind landing adjacently from the first reel onwards. One exception to the rule is the purple crystal. This one only needs 2 of a kind to pay out. Premium gem values start at 4 times the bet, rising to 7.5x for a line of the purples. What start as modest values, don’t receive much of a boost from the features either.
Aquatic Treasures: Slot Features
If you’ve made it this far you won’t be surprised to find out Aquatic Treasures isn’t living on the edge when it comes to features. What it has is pretty standard stuff, including expanding wilds, free spins, and a gamble option.
A dolphin’s life must be a good one. It would explain why they always look like they are smiling. The star of Aquatic Treasures certainly seems like he is having a good day, appearing as the wild on reels 2, 3, or 4. When wilds land, they expand to cover all three positions on their respective reel. When two or more wilds land adjacently to each other, they combine. Nothing out of the ordinary happens, they just form a larger, prettier image. Wilds substitute of all other symbols in the game, including the scatter.
The image of the two golden dolphins circling a white globe is the scatter symbol which may appear on any reel. Bonus symbols landing on reels 1, 2, and 3 at the same time trigger the free spins feature - 3, 4, or 5 in view award 8 free spins plus a payout of 2, 5, or 25 times the bet. During free spins, nothing especially new occurs, other than extra wilds are added to the reels. Also, the feature can be retriggered.
Last up is the gamble option called the Double Up, where available. Real simple this one - players pick heads or tails on the Gold Coin Studio emblem to double or nothing their win. This feature is available following a base game win, or when free spins end (only once per each win).
Aquatic Treasures: Slot Verdict
If you’re after a rodeo ride of excitement while clinging one-handed to a metaphorical bronco, best to look elsewhere. Aquatic Treasures' low potential and medium volatility doesn’t have the horsepower to put it anywhere near that category of game. It’s more like swinging on a hammock between two palm trees while salty summer air blows through. Actually, Aquatic Treasure might be even lower key than that. An afternoon nap perhaps?
The scale of rewards on offer certainly wouldn’t be enough to raise hardcore players from a slumber. By low potential, we are talking about max wins of 357.25 times the bet in a single spin. No, that figure isn’t missing a zero. Yet, it’s hard to hate on Aquatic Treasures too much because it’s just so blinking nice, and those dolphins so darn cute. It’s not trying to be cutting edge or a highly volatile roller coaster of a pleasure machine. The game bills itself as ‘a tranquil and zen-like experience using a minimalist design and soothing colours.’ After reading that you certainly can’t accuse Aquatic Treasures of trying to be something it’s not. Gold Coin Studios laid out their goals, nailed them, then didn’t try to big Aquatic Treasures up. The accurate self-awareness is noted.
Players looking for the exciting, emotional roller-coaster experience slots are supposed to offer will be bored out of their minds playing Aquatic Treasures. It's hard to say what's worse, the dull math model or the bland visuals. The zen-like music and low-key gameplay is a strange combination that’s anything but thrilling. Anyone suffering from insomnia will be helped by this slot. It's a great sleeping pill, so at least it has that going for it.
Aquatic Treasures is so uninspired and devoid of decent gameplay that only the most forgiving dolphin fans will be able to tolerate it.