Sea of Riches: Slot Overview
Developer iSoftBet takes to the seven seas for their first-ever cluster paying grid slot in the piratically styled Sea of Riches. They might have picked a commonplace theme, yet iSoftBet's handling of the subject matter prevents their decision from being a hindrance. Its Play'n GO-inspired mechanics means Sea of Riches might not be a genre-changing event; however, each element compliments the other to create an enjoyable whole. Several technicalities mean Sea of Riches won't please everyone, particularly hardcore grid slot enthusiasts, but others are sure to enjoy its less intense gameplay.
Sea of Riches gets off to a good start from the splash screen, which depicts the palm tree-lined, blue seas of somewhere warm and exotic. A shark-shaped cave in the background alludes to danger, but Sea of Riches isn't exactly a big raging game. In the middle of it all sits a 6x6 grid where the clustering takes place, while two collection meters sit on the right-hand side. Its dynamic background depicts waves lapping and strong winds blowing clouds past at high speed meaning good sailing weather for pirates. It adds up to an enticing scene to try your luck, accentuated by a mouthy pirate captain and a jaunty jig-inducing soundtrack.
iSoftBet's usual range of bets are on offer, starting at 20 p/c on the low side and rising to £/€20 per spin for the deeper-pocketed crowd. To appeal to a general audience perhaps, the studio has set volatility to medium level. Sea of Riches uses a cluster pays system where 5 or more matching symbols connected horizontally or vertically create a win. A cascade mechanic removes the winning clusters, and symbols tumble down to fill in the empty spaces. This process carries on until no new clusters appear.
The symbols involved with the game are a little unimaginative but get the job done - 5 coins populate the lower side of the paytable, while 4 gems appear in the upper. The most valuable clusters are made out of 15+ symbols and are worth payouts of 3.75 to 150 times the total bet. A tentacle wrapped wild wraps up this section, replacing any pay symbol to complete clusters.
Sea of Riches: Slot Features
iSoftBet has followed the usual grid slot format where repeat cluster wins trigger modifiers and free spins. On top of this system is a map collection feature which rotates players through different levels.
Bottle symbols contain a piece of the treasure map, and when 25 pieces have been collected, players move to a new level. There are 4 levels in total; after level 4, you return back to level 1. Each level has its own Wildseas modifier, which triggers randomly on any losing spin:
- Wild Kraken – tentacles turn 5 to 10 symbols wild.
- Wild Storm – a tornado turns 3 to 9 symbols wild.
- Wild Whale – a whale tail splash creates a pattern of 5 wilds on the grid.
- Wild Ghostship – a ghostly galleon adds 2 to 5 wild multipliers to the reels.
Each winning cluster on the reels charges the Captain's Compass to different levels, thereby triggering a certain reel modifier, such as:
- Rolling Rum – 1 to 3 barrels roll across the reels, transform 3 to 6 symbols into the same symbol.
- Musket Mayhem – gunshots remove 5 to 12 symbols from the reels triggering a cascade.
- Cannon Blast – 1 to 3 cannonballs remove a row of symbols, each leading to a new cascade.
- Swarm O'Parrots – a bunch of parrots fly across the grid, removing 10 to 15 symbols, then a cascade occurs.
If 48 or more winning symbols charge the Captain's Compass, 5 to 15 Stormin' Free Spins are awarded. One addition during free spins is lightning may strike the compass up to 3 times on a winning spin, producing a win multiplier each time. Once a multiplier is used, it resets for the next free spin.
Sea of Riches: Slot Verdict
For a first grid slot, Sea of Riches has a number of positive things to commend about it. From the moment the bright Caribbean sea lights up the load screen, Sea of Riches was just a fun game to play. The audio-visuals yank you into its salty sea dog of a world and do their best to keep you entertained when you are there. Clusters regularly hit, triggering modifiers, collecting pieces of the map, then eventually launching free spins. All the while, a playful pirating tune bobs along as the captain jabbers away, calling out features when they trigger. The atmosphere is positive, and hard not to go along with.
However, players after a high-powered grid slot probably won't feel challenged enough. Sea of Riches isn't the kind of game that requires fortitude to power through the downtimes in the hope of tripping the right switch and watching it go bananas. It can go a little bananas, but that's not really its purpose. It's a better match for players who don't want to feel like they've been hung drawn and quartered if they don’t strike massive riches. The math model keeps the flow going nicely, where something is lining up on the grid or just about to. Some might be irked because what does happen is nothing new, and Sea of Riches follows the same old cluster collection process to trigger features. Another sore point is modest potential of 2,416x the bet.
Setting those two concerns aside, iSoftBet has designed a straight-up fun pirate game to play, ideal for grid slot action that isn't too demanding. It looks great, sounds jolly, and there is always plenty of action taking place. Whether it provides quite enough action for dedicated gamblers is a good question. More likely, it'll feel like Disney's It's a Small World rather than high seas debauchery, but casual players are in for a treat.
iSoftBet’s first grid slot has the looks and pace to delight casual players, though a lack of technical innovation plus low performing numbers might hold it back from entertaining the cork-sniffers.