Blueprint Gaming has put a lot of whimsical cartoon humour into its slot title Deep Sea Treasure, starting with a happy-go-lucky steel drum soundtrack that sounds similar to a famous tune from The Little Mermaid. The 3D characters in the symbols are also drawn with a range of expressive features, from scary to goofy, while the nautical-looking reels are placed in front of a serene coral reef with lots of eye-catching undersea creatures.
Deep Sea Treasure features 20 pay lines, and players can bet between 0.01 and 25.00 per line, so it can cater to high rollers as well as more modest gamers. The five reels display three windows each, filled with large, colourful icons. There is an Auto Play function; so committed fans online can play long-term without risking carpal tunnel syndrome.
Using 13 Symbols in Total
Gamblers are all superstitious, so presumably Blueprint’s choice of 13 symbols in total on the Deep Sea Treasure reels is deliberate. After all, the number is lucky for some. Six of those icons are fairly unexciting: the poker symbols 9 to A, rendered in bright colours, but with only a few bubbles to try to draw them into the theme. Five of a kind featuring As or Ks will win player 125 coins.
The themed symbols are much more interesting: a sunken anchor has a maximum prize of 375 coins, as does the belligerent pink octopus. Five smiling starfish win 500 coins, the top prize for the goofy turtle is 625 coins, and the grinning clownfish wins up to 1,250 coins.
Friendly but Fearsome Shark Wild
The Deep Sea Treasure Wild is a shark with a big friendly grin, but given the size and prominence of his teeth, he is quite a fearful sight. Players have nothing to be scared of, though; by filling in for any other symbol except the Scatter, the Wild can complete more winning pay lines. Whenever the Wild features in a winning combo with other symbols, a mystery multiplier is applied to the prize, which can be as high as X10.
If the Wild appears on Reel 1 and then forms matches with itself on consecutive pay lines, it also wins prizes. For two, three, four or five Wilds, these prizes are 25, 250, 1,250 and 25,000 coins, respectively.
Puffer Fish Triggers Variable Free Spins
A deadly but looking-not-at-all-happy-about-it puffer fish is the last of the Deep Sea Treasure symbols, and acts as the Scatter. It wins no prizes for combos of its own, but three or more Scatters activate the Free Spins Feature.
Before the free spins commence, the player will be asked to pick one of the puffer fish involved in triggering the bonus. Each icon hides a different number, depending on which won the player chooses, they can win 10 or more free spins. When the free spins end, the player is taken to another screen displaying a variety of undersea objects. The pick one, to determine a secret multiplier for the entire total won on the free spins round.