From the unsettlingly voluptuous (cartoon) mermaid which introduces the game, you could think this slot was designed for teenage boys at that stage in their lives – fortunately, it’s actually quite a good game to play! Set deep under the sea in a sapphire-blue paradise, Charms of the Sea is what The Little Mermaid might have looked like if Disney had a smaller budget.
Since players can wager up to $500 per spin (and can win 500x their stake) there’s a maximum win of $250,000 up for grabs. Okay, so that’s only if you’re a serious daredevil with a lot of cash to burn, but the message is clear: you can win it big on this slot.
Deep beneath the waves, in a world filled with crabs and octopuses, shells, fish, and scantily-clad mermaids, Charms of the Sea provides a refreshing and easygoing atmosphere for players.
Gameplay Overview & Symbols
First of all, Charms of the Sea is a lovely game to look at. The sea floor contains every conceivable shade of blue, and the wildlife is colourful and enchanting. The menu at the bottom is cleverly designed to look like driftwood and planks, which makes it unobtrusive and subtle. You can vary the bet, spin, access settings, and trigger “autospin” all using the one menu.
It’s a 5×3 slot with 20 paylines, and an RTP of 96%. In other words, it follows the go-to design for non-classic online slots to a tee!
Rather than using the old-and-boring playing card suits for your low value symbols, Playtech have thrown in a variety of coloured pearls. There are also octopuses, crabs, fish, and seahorses – these are the boring symbols, and we want to talk about the mermaid wilds.
For a start, they’re worth 500x for 5 on a payline. Not only that, but some mermaids will land encased in golden frames. If you land a mermaid on reels 1-4, and one of them is golden, then all the symbols will expand to create a wall of 2×2 mermaids! If two are golden, then every symbol expands and you get a screenful of mermaids – and that pays 250x stake!
Of course the expanding mermaids is a major talking point (and rightly so!) but there are also 3 unique “wild features” which can occur at any point during the base play.
- Stacked Wilds – A shimmering shaft of light glitters across the reels, and one of the middle columns is transformed to be fully wild.
- Wild Chunks – A ‘wheel of fortune’ appears at random, offering you the chance to win 2, 4, 6, or 9 wilds! Depending on the number awarded, they’ll be added in a 2×1, 2×2, 2×3 or 3×3 grid – big wins ahoy!
- Sticky Wilds – 3 wilds are added randomly to reels 2-4, and lock in place for a spin – during this spin, another 3 spins descend onto the reels. We then get a final respin, plus another 3 wilds, and then you collect your big, tasty paycheck.
There’s no bonus round you can activate with scatters, but these special features can be incredibly lucrative if your luck is right. The sticky wilds will always lead to something good, and if you get lucky, the wins can be astronomical!
Charms of the Sea is true to its name: charming! The game is simple to play, smooth, and rewarding. The bonuses are well-conceived and uncomplicated, while the potential payouts from all of them are exceptional. If you’re in the market for a new game, you could do a lot worse than this new entry from Playtech!