Microgaming has done it again. No, I’m not referring to the iGaming software suppliers’s delivery of new mobile pokies each and every month. Well, not exactly. I’m talking about the latest addition of yet another Chinese themed poker machine, called Emperor of the Sea Pokies.
Okay, maybe I laid the sarcasm on a bit thick there. But honestly, the repetition of Ancient Chinese Dynasties and Oriental legend and lore is getting old. And it’s not just Microgaming that’s doing it, but every online games developer out there.
But I digress. My weary attitude towards overdone pokies themes aside, we’ll take an (otherwise) unbiased look at this new mobile pokies game in the following Emperor of the Sea review.
Fortunately, Microgaming did bring something new to the table with this latest release.
Emperor of the Sea Review
The Emperor of the Seas is the Jade Dragon. In Chinese folklore, the jade dragon is worshiped most above all others, just as jade is the most coveted of jewels, and the people are believed to have originally evolved from dragons. So, Microgaming did do its research!
What makes Emperor of the Sea pokies unique is its payline structure. Built on a 5×4 grid, players choose whether they wish to play 38, 68 or 88 paylines, playable fro $0.01 to $0.05 per line, and up to 10 coins per line ($0.88 to $44 per play at max lines). Standard symbols include the jade dragon, lucky tortoise, urn, koi fish, ship, and card values 10-A.
The Emperor of the Dragon logo is the wild, and can appear as Stacked Wilds in the base game and free spins feature. The gold ingot is the Scatter, and along with Scatter Pays, awards 8 free spins with two special features, Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds.
With Rolling Reels, all winning spins will see the symbols involved in the win turn to smoke and vanish. New symbols then drop down to fill the reels, potentially creating more wins and additional rolling of the reels.
During free spins, the Growing Wilds feature will increase 1x with each spin, including rolling reel spins, up to a maximum of 15x. Whenever a wild falls on a reel, that reel will continue to receive stacked wilds until the number of Growing Wilds is met.
Although I haven’t experienced it myself, a few people I know have already had a great streak of luck in the free spins mode, winning 3 and 4 figure payouts.
Emperor of the Seas Pokies – Conclusion
Despite my initial disappointment in the repetitious theme, I have to commend Microgaming on this new online pokies game. It took a long time (70+ spins) to hit the free games, and I barely won back what I’d put into it at that point, but honestly, I did enjoy playing it.
Emperor of the Sea pokies is definitely a medium variance game. The wins only come in moderation, but the potential for a huge payout is clearly there. I’d say it’s one of the better Chinese themed pokies on the internet to date.
As far as price goes, I also recommend playing the max 88 paylines. However, if paying almost $1 per spin is above your preferred price range, there’s plenty of other cheap games out there with just a much profit potential.