Emperor of the Sea from Microgaming: Slot Review - a sea of gold awaits you!

Get ready to set sail and go on a fantastic journey to ancient China!

This game has a distinctly Asian feel and is set among some stormy seas in ancient China. It explores the maritime culture of historical China and gives players a glimpse of what life was like for sailors as they travelled choppy waters to trade their goods and wares with neighbouring countries and establish trade routes throughout the world. So get ready to climb aboard a merchant ship and set sail on an exciting voyage to the Dragon Emperor’s kingdom!

The slot has 5 reels with 88 paylines and comes with free spins, rolling reels, growing wilds, and stacked wilds.

Emperor of the Sea Screenshot

Special Features

The first feature I encountered while playing this slot is that you can choose which payline structure you want to play with. It is possible to choose from 38, 68, or 88 paylines. Not many slots offer this option so it is nice to be able to choose this when you start the game. On a sidenote, the number 88 is considered the luckiest number in China so it is really cool to see that Microgaming incorporated this into the payline amount.

The Wild symbol is denoted by the Emperor of the Sea logo and it substitutes for all other symbols except the Scatter symbol. An interesting feature of this symbol is that it comes stacked across all of the reels in the main game.

The Scatter symbol is illustrated by a beautiful golden Sycee which is a type of ingot currency used in imperial China. If you land 3 or more of these symbols in any position on the reels then you will trigger the Free Spins feature. In this game, you will be awarded 8 Free Spins and it also features rolling reels and growing wilds. Rolling reels are the same as cascading reels as symbols disappear when you land a win and are replaced by symbols that roll into place. This feature is great as it can award you multiple consecutive wins. Growing Wilds involve the Wild stacks growing by 1 additional Wild symbol per spin and it is possible to get up to a maximum of 15 Wild symbols! The more of these lucrative symbols you land in this feature, then the bigger the payout you will be awarded.

Theme and Graphics

The graphics are really good as the game is played out over some ocean waves with swirling clouds in the sky and some beams of sunlight breaking through. The symbols are nicely detailed and consist of a fearsome looking dragon, a turtle, a golden sycee, a ship, a green pot, koi fish, and a wooden ship. Symbols blink and flash brightly when you land a win along the reels and the background is beautifully draped with golden sunlight when you trigger the Free Spins game.

The music is Chinese-based as you would expect and it suits the theme of the game superbly. It transports you right into ancient China and creates a nice relaxing atmosphere as you spin the reels.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

The game has up to 88 paylines, a good RTP of 96.5% and a staggering maximum jackpot of 1,650,000 coins!

Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the line bet when you spin the reels.

Coin Size: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05

  • Emperor of the Sea Wild Symbol: 30 for 2X, 75 for 3X, 250 for 4X, 525 for 5X
  • Golden Sycee Scatter Symbol: 3X for 3X, 75X for 4X, 100X for 5X
  • Dragon Symbol: 25 for 2X, 50 for 3X, 225 for 4X, 500 for 5X
  • Green Pot Symbol: 15 for 2X, 30 for 3X, 175 for 4X, 350 for 5X
  • Turtle Symbol: 10 for 2X, 20 for 3X, 125 for 4X, 325 for 5X
  • Koi Fish Symbol: 15 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 225 for 5X
  • Ship Symbol: 10 for 3X, 75 for 3X, 200 for 5X
  • A Symbol: 8 for 3X, 35 for 4X, 150 for 5X
  • K Symbol: 7 for 3X, 30 for 4X, 125 for 5X
  • Q Symbol: 6 for 3X, 25 for 4X, 110 for 5X
  • J Symbol: 5 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 100 for 5X
  • 10 Symbol: 3 for 3X, 15 for 4X, 95 for 5X
  • 9 Symbol: 2 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 90 for 5X

Our Verdict on Emperor of the Sea

Emperor of the Sea is created by Microgaming and it's a trip to ancient China you won’t forget in a hurry! The Free Spins feature is the main attraction of this slot as it can lead to some very lucrative wins if Wild symbols keep popping up. The slot is of medium to high volatility so it might take a few spins before you get to land a decent enough payout. If you are a fan of oriental-based slots then you should definitely check this game out and with a maximum payout of 1,650,000 coins, there is a nice carrot on the stick for every player to aim for.

Set sail in search of a huge fortune in Emperor of the Sea!