Lord Of The Ocean is a slot title developed by Novomatic originally for land-based slot machines, but which is now also available at online and mobile slots sites. While sticking to a vaguely Roman/Greek look in the design, the particular mythology it draws on is never explicitly stated. Nevertheless, it is safe to assume that the white-bearded, crowned figure that wins the best prizes is Neptune or Poseidon, Lord of the Ocean.
The slot uses the five reels and three rows found on most Novomatic games, with the reels encased in an embossed gold frame against a background of fish and corals in an undersea garden. Above the reels, ships and temples on the seashore are visible through the deep blue water, and both symbols and backdrops are rendered in fine detail. There are 10 pay lines, and players can bet from 1 to 100 coins per line.
Play Uses Nine Ordinary Symbols
Lord Of The Ocean uses only nine ordinary symbols on the reels, plus a Wild that doubles as a Scatter. The relatively low variety of symbols actually makes winning combinations of successive matches along a pay line from Reel 1 more likely than they are on titles with ten or more symbols. Five poker symbols make up the bulk of the icons, the 10, J, Q, K and A rendered as bold, angular stand-alone letters and numerals and coloured a glowing purple, blue, green, red and gold, respectively.
All the poker symbols require at least three matches to win a prize, and five Ks or As win 150 coins. Two medium-value icons, a sunken warrior statue and a chest of gold on a wrecked ship, both win prizes of 5, 30, 100 or 750 coins for two, three, four or five matches. The raven-haired mermaid also starts winning prizes for two matches or more, as does King Neptune. The mermaid pays 5, 40, 400 or 2,000 coins for two, three, four or five of a kind, while Neptune wins 10, 100, 1,000 or 5,000 coins for the same matches.
Scatter and Wild the Same Icon
Lord Of The Ocean has one more symbol: a circular gold artefact inlaid with emeralds and lapis lazuli, online pokies NZ bearing a gold bas relief of Neptune’s head. This symbol is the game’s Wild, able to stand in for any of the other nine symbols to complete a winning pay line combination.
The Wild also doubles as the Lord Of The Ocean Scatter, with three or more appearances in any position immediately winning the player a prize of 20, 200 or 2,000 coins. Three or more Scatters also activates a round of 10 free spins.
Free Spins Get Special Bonus Symbol
Before the free spins round commences, the Scatter symbol opens like a portal to randomly reveal one of the ordinary icons within it. This symbol then becomes the extra expanding Wild for the bonus round. During free spins, every time that symbol appears, it expands to appear in all windows on the same reels, with a Wild function to make more winning pay lines.
Another 10 free spins can be triggered by three more Scatters during a bonus round, but the player is limited to only one expanding symbol throughout. Nevertheless, this round can produce some big matches and impressive prizes.