Ocean Princess

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When a seductive mermaid beckons, it is difficult to resist the opportunity to give her reels a spin. That’s exactly the dynamic that software developer Playtech has counted on in creating its Multispin Ocean Princess slot game for online casinos like Bet365. Unlike most conventional video slots, this version has five rows of slot windows, each with three independently spinning 3-position reels for a total of 45 different reel positions in all.

The motif is an underwater world, where sunken castles shimmer in the distance behind bubbles breaking toward the surface as the lovely half-fish Ocean Princess looks on. A comic-looking red-lipped fish in a party hat watches over the spinning reels, too, and wins are announced by high-pitched bells and chords of harp music.

Available coin denominations range from €0.01 to €5.00. The value can be adjusted by using the +/- toggles adjacent to the bet indicator at the lower left of the screen. It is necessary to bet a minimum of five credits to cover all five of the game’s paylines. The amount wagered per line can be adjusted from 1 to 5 credits by using the “Bet One” button on the control panel below the reels. Clicking on Bet Max will apply a wager of 5 credits to each payline, but it does not change the denomination of each credit. The maximum total wager is €125 per spin.

When the player clicks on “Start,” the reels begin to spin, but initially just one payline is active—the one at the very bottom of the screen. When the three reels come to a rest, the player has the option to click a “Hold” button at the bottom of each reel to freeze 1, 2 or all 3 symbols in place for a follow-up spin.

When a symbol is held, it will appear on all five paylines. The player also has the option to hold none of the reel symbols in place. Pressing spin will cause all unheld positions on the reels to spin independently and come to a halt one at a time. Payouts are made for the highest winning combinations on each payline, and the amounts paid are displayed in the centre of each line. There are also displays for Total Bet, Line Bet and Paid amounts to the left of the reels.

Anytime a payout is made on any of the reels, it is possible to click on “Paytable” and see exactly what the winning combinations are; a horizontal green bar passes immediately behind them. For example, a single Turtle on a payline is the lowest payout, worth a multiplier of 1X. The very highest payout is awarded for three Wild Crown symbols in a row, valued at up to 1000X and making the top prize €25,000 for betting the maximum with a €5.00 credit denomination.

Other symbols include Green, Yellow and Red Anchors; Green, Yellow and Red Seahorses; Green, Yellow and Red Crabs; and Green, Yellow and Red Starfish. Alignments pay from 2X to 125X, and random combinations of Rings, Teapots and Crowns, respectively, also generate cash awards, as do random alignments of mixed Starfish and Crabs. The Wild Crown substitutes for any symbol, and catching just 1 or 2 of them pays 1X or 2X, respectively.

A pull-down menu for “Options” can be accessed by clicking on the “Tools” symbol at the top right of the screen. “Game Settings,” “Audio Settings” and “General Settings” allow the player to disable the game sounds, background sounds or dealer voices. It is also possible to adjust the game speed for normal play or fast play. There is, however, no Autoplay function.

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