Ocean’s Treasure (NetEnt): Overview
It is NetEnt’s turn to take players beneath the ocean's surface to a mystical aquatic kingdom. Down there, players have the chance to uncover treasure courtesy of a multi-level bonus game with ever-increasing rewards. Visually, it holds its own, but eagle-eyed players might notice a strong similarity with an older NetEnt slot called Steam Tower (2015). They are close in both stats and features, though not quite full-on clones.
When it comes to theme and looks, the two slots are apples and oranges. Picture Atlantis in the Aquaman story, and you will have a good idea of what to expect. This is a full-blown underwater kingdom of statues, seaweed, gardens, and tentacled beasts. Down here there is no Aquaman though. This is the domain of trident bearing Nereid's, or nymphs of the sea, who help string wins together.
NetEnt has a reputation for producing good looking slots and Ocean's Treasure is another one of them. Fantasy creatures abound in this kingdom. An ominous-looking creature (a Kraken?) rests above the grid, and two benign guardians guard the 5 reel, 3 row game area. The overall audiovisual effect is great, atmospheric and makes you want to play. Before anything, however, players need to select a bet which starts at 15 p/c per spin and moves up in unusual increments to a maximum of £/€300 a pop.
The rules on the sea bed are straight forward. Form a combination of three or more matching symbols on the 15 paylines to trigger a payout. The paytable is part classic, part new. J-A royals represent the low pays and are decked out with underwater decorations like seaweed. A small touch, but it makes them fit in perfectly. The high pays, meanwhile, are nautical icons such as keys, compasses, and messages in bottles. The gold and diamond lump is the premium symbol which returns 100 times the stake for five of a kind. The Nereid's are wild which can substitute for any other pay symbol. It only appears during the main game and comes in 1x3 size which can cover a full reel. There is also another 1x1 trident wild which can substitute for pay symbols and comes into its own during free spins.
The math model pumping life into the game has a medium volatility and an RTP of 95.99%. Both stats are similar to that found with Steam Tower, though with an RTP setting slightly lower than what we're used to from NetEnt. When it comes to features, the two slots are comparable though Ocean’s Treasure has had its free spins round padded out with larger rewards.
Ocean’s Treasure (NetEnt): Features
So let's have a look at the features and see how they compare to Steam Tower. Just like in said game, wilds play a central role during the free spins here as well. The treasure chest is the scatter symbol which appears on reels 1, 3, and 5 only. Land 3 of them to be awarded 10 Free Spins.
The free spins round has 5 levels to it with increasing win multipliers. It starts on x3 and moves up through x5, x7, x9, up to x12. This is where the 1x1 trident wild is needed. When it lands it not only adds 2 more free spins, it fills in a segment of the Level Meter. The level meter has two segments which, when filled, move the player to the next level. Make it all the way to level 5, and players receive a Side Bonus of 100 times the stake. Wilds continue to fall and can award a maximum of 102 free spins in total.
Ocean’s Treasure (NetEnt): Verdict
Ocean's Treasure is a rather conventional slot. It's a straight forward, simple and plays with a quick pace. Moreover, it looks great, has a dramatic soundtrack, and decent potential. It might not be as highly volatile as hardcore players might prefer, but it is still capable of serving up some tense action. While Ocean's Treasure may not exactly be cutting edge, there is nothing off-putting about it either.
Directly comparing the two, Ocean's Treasure offers bigger multipliers and greater overall rewards, yet Steam Tower remains the more immersive slot. While the design team has done a great job in creating an underwater world, Steam Tower wins out in the atmospheric stakes. Still, Ocean's Treasure is an entertaining slot. It feels more volatile and players can potential pick up rewards of 1,200 times the stake per single spin with the help of the x12 multiplier. Which one you prefer will ultimately come down to taste but there is one very important factor to consider and that is RTP - Ocean's Treasure comes with a 95.99% RTP while Steam Tower comes with a significantly more generous setting of 97.04%.
Overall, Ocean's Treasure is not a bad game and offers high build quality along with decent features. The base game isn't the most exciting, though stacked wilds do help when they drop. With that said, we do encourage you to have a look at Steam Tower if you haven't already. It may not be quite as volatile, but with a much higher RTP it's mathematically superior.
While Ocean’s Treasure may not pack enough original mojo, it plays fast and looks good.