Microgaming want you to go swimming! While you’re down underwater they’d like you to… play online video slots! Now, modern phones do boast of a certain amount of waterproofing, but this might not be a good idea.
In any case, you can play this five-reel game on dry land.
Mermaids Millions slot machine is quite an old-fashioned slot game, with very simple retro graphics. However, the game-play does have some depth though, with wilds, scatters, a free-spin game, and the Treasure bonus game.
Among the controls is a button that allows you to switch between regular and expert play, which allows you to further customise your experience.
You should play this game if you like the colour blue! But should you play it for any other reasons? Let’s have a look in our Mermaids Millions slot review.
Microgaming is one of the biggest companies in the history of online gaming. They date back to 1994. They make a huge variety of games, and some of their big titles at the moment are: Thunderstruck II, Immortal Romance, Wild Scarabs, Romanov Riches, and Mega Moolah, the world’s biggest jackpot.
There are five reels and three rows on this slot from Microgaming. It has 15 pay-lines, which are listed down the side of the reels, with wins paying left to right, and scatters paying wherever they are found.
Mermaids Millions slot game can be played with up to 75 coins, and it has a theoretical return to player of 96.56%. This is not a measure of how you will interact with the game, it is a measure of the game’s performance with all players over its whole lifetime.
The paytable starts with cards. The 10 and Jack pay two times for three, 15-times for four, and 75-times for five. The Queen pays five-times for three, 25-times for four, and 100-times stake for five. The King pays five-times for three, 50-times for four, and 100-times for five. The Ace pays 10-times for three, 50-times for four, and 125-times for five.
The special symbols are a seahorse, which pays 15-times stake for three, 75-times stake for four, and 250-times for five. Then there is an oyster (with a pearl, naturally) that pays 20-times for three, 100-times for four, and 500-times stake for five. The treasure symbol pays 50-times for three, 100-times for four, and 500-times for five.
Then there is a wild: Neptune, the sea god we’ll call him. That pays five-times stake for two, 200-times stake for three, a 2,000-times stake for four, and 7,500-times for five.
Then there are two special bonus symbols. The treasure bonus is triggered by a treasure chest, with more than three, setting off the bonus. It delivers rewards of 36 – 1,500 for three, 48 – 2,000 for four, and 60 – 2,500 for five. The Mermaid symbol triggers the free spins round, with 10 spins awarded for more than three. It also pays out twice for two, four-times for three, 50-times for four, and 400-times for five.
The maximum win is 37,500 with a variance that is rated as low to medium. You can bet from 0.01 to 1 coin, but you should make sure you check the amounts of the bet, maximum payout, and coin amount on the machine you’re playing on.
Mermaids Millions slot is a Flash game, so might be blocked on some browsers, and has been around since 2008. It remains popular though and is available on a lot of UK casino sites.
The bonuses are the free spins round. It can be retriggered during the game, and it also comes with a multiplier of threes on all wins.
The treasure bonus game is a random-prize pick round in an underground setting. It can also be triggered during the free spins round.
There’s no getting around this, despite the lovely intro screen, this is a very old-fashioned looking game. The graphics aren’t quite pixelated, but they’re not far off it.
We reckon that this is a deliberate decision, and you shouldn’t let it put you off. Some players love this sort of simple set up.
You’ll find bright, primary colours, flat graphical graphics, and simple cartoons on the reels, which are squared off, with colourful markers for the pay lines down the side.
The controls run along the bottom of the screen in a silver-coloured panel. They’re pretty standard and designed to mimic real-life machines. The main difference between this and most other online video slots is the expert mode that opens up a range of new options to players.
This is a very standard game in a lot of ways.
The control panel is quite busy though. Let’s take a look at it.
On the left is the window showing your balance. Then two red buttons – the expert mode selector, and the help button, which opens up a new window with a standardised help guide that we really hate. Then there is the coin-amount selector with plus and minus buttons. It’s a numeric scale from 0.01 to 5. To the right are information windows along the top of the panel with the pay-lines selected, the number of coins bet, the total bet, and the most recent win. Underneath that are the controls that set those amounts – select lines, select coins, maximise bet, and finally spin.
Click on the expert mode and you get a bit more choice, primarily, it allows you to set up an autoplay function that is quite sophisticated.
Mermaids Millions slot is a funny old game! It’s quite aged now, but it remains popular because it delivers a good experience and decent returns for players.
The graphics won’t win any awards, and the sound effects are mainly muffled underwater sounds. The gameplay is simple and the bonus games are very simple.
Our only issue with this game is around the delivery of the help, which we really didn’t like, and – in the version we played – we found the pay-table impossible to find. The expert mode is also a bit of a cheat – it’s just a fancy name for autoplay.
Those little things aside there’s a lot to enjoy in Mermaids Millions slot machine and you should dive in.