If you’re a parent you will no doubt have seen, endured, and hopefully survived ‘The Little Mermaid.’ If you are single or yet to start a family, oh what joy lies ahead of you! Well this slot from Novomatic features a lovely mermaid and takes its players under the ocean to a magical underwater kingdom. There’s bound to be some treasure somewhere around in this entertaining slot game.
This is a five-reel slot game that has four rows of symbols and it needs that extra row to fit in the 40 pay-lines that ‘Lucky Mermaid’ has to offer. In the background, we see an underwater scene with plenty of fish on display but no sign of any mermaids, lovely or not. Those 40 pay-lines aren’t a fixed amount so before you start spinning the reels, it’s important for you to work out how many to activate and the stake you will place on each of them. The minimum you can place with 40 pay-lines in play is 0.40 and the maximum 80.
The graphics aren’t the most complicated you will ever see but they do their job. The little water bubbles and golden decorations help build the theme up for this game. It’s not all about mermaids though, this is a true aquatic experience. Symbols in the game include a puffer fish, seahorses, lobsters, and sea turtles. Sir David Attenborough would adore playing this. We also get the nine to Ace playing card symbols so this will be another game where a lot of small wins will come along on a regular basis. It’s up to you to be patient and wait for the big ones to make their appearance.
The mermaid herself has red hair and a golden crown and she is the wild symbol in this slot. She can help get you some good wins by substituting for other symbols. Five mermaids on a pay-line wins you 2000x your line bet. This being a game that has a bit of water around means of course one of the symbols has to be a treasure chest, it’s almost compulsory whether or not there are any pirates around. That’s the scatter symbol in this game and the wild cannot substitute for this one. Look for some cute animation when winning symbols are formed which is a nice little touch.
Before you start playing this game for real, take a good look though the paytable to ensure that you have plenty of knowledge of it. That includes details of how much the winning combinations pay out. For example, five seahorses on a pay-line wins you 200x your line bet and it’s 300x for five puffer fish. Better wins come from the lobster and sea turtle with both paying out 400x multipliers. Other information in the paytable includes details of how to trigger the bonus game. It’s also a great idea to have some free games in order to see everything in action.
The treasure chest scatter is extremely important in this game. That’s because three or more of them anywhere on the reels at the end of a spin will trigger the free spins round. It’s well worth triggering too with a total of 25 free spins being awarded. A major target during the free spins round is to fill the entire screen with 20 mermaid symbols. If that amazing feat can be achieved then you are the proud winner of the progressive jackpot.
This game also has a gamble feature but for once there’s not a playing card in sight. To get the chance to play this feature you need to get a winning combination. Once that’s happened you can either collect it or gamble it. If taking the gamble, it’s the golden steps game. You have to climb another step to double your win and if you do it’s possible to carry on doing so and further increase your win. If it doesn’t then you lose your win so it’s always best to be careful with this and just use it for small wins.
This is an enjoyable game to play so why not try a few others that have similar gameplay? For example, you could try your luck on the Playtech slot ‘Roaring Wilds.’ That also has 40 pay-lines, a free spins round (though only 15 on offer) and stacked wilds that can help boost your account balance. There’s also the Novomatic game ‘Elven Princess’ if you insist on playing games with beautiful women as the key character. This also offers you free spins and has stacked wilds in both the base and free spins game.
This game doesn’t have the most complex look to it but is still very much worth playing. The theme is a good one and the 25 free spins are well worth triggering, especially if those mermaids turn up and allow you to get hold of the progressive jackpot. Be careful with that gamble feature though and stick to gambling small wins if you do fancy playing it.