Dive down deep in the sea with Lord of the Ocean, a nice looking slot with an RTP of 96% and medium/high volatility.
Lord of the Ocean takes the player to the place where everything’s better, down where it’s wetter, under the sea. The background is of coral and sunken cities, while the reels have a deep blue colour and something of a phosphorescent glow about them.
The "Lord of" title attempts to borrow from the successful line of Egyptian "Book of …", "Lord of…" and "Queen of…" titles, but Lord of the Ocean carves out its own space in that marketplace like the waves eroding away at the shore.
Lord of the Ocean has graphics that are a little sharper than some of Novomatic’s other games. The background is a rather beautiful digital painting and the symbols are thematically on point, well-drawn and fit within the world Lord of the Ocean is trying to create.
The sound effects, on the other hand, are the standard Novomatic reel and win sounds and are massively at odds with the semi-Classical tone of the art.
The animations are also a little basic, owing to the failures of the Novomatic software over which the Lord of the Ocean skin is painted.
The base game is a five reel slot with three rows. The player can choose to play one, three, five, seven, nine or ten win lines, and so has some control over the amount of variance they work into their game.
There is a double or nothing gamble feature that players can use after any winning spin and a free spin bonus with a randomised expanding symbol (the details of which can be found below).
Overall, this should be enough to satisfy most slot machine players, even if it is not breaking any moulds.
The Wild symbol substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter symbol.
The Scatter pays out for three or more symbols anywhere on the reels. The more symbols, the higher the payout. Once the payout is calculated, the player will then also be awarded ten free spins with a randomised expanding symbol.
The expanding symbol is assigned at random before the free spins begin. After each spin ends and the player's winnings have been calculated, any of the assigned symbols will expand to fill its reel and winning combinations are recalculated.
The return to player of this game is a decent 96.00%. For reference, our yardstick for average is a rough 96%.
The range of bets on the site we tested ran from a minimum bet per spin of $/£/€0.01 up to a maximum of $/£/€100.00 per spin.
The volatility of this game is medium to high, which makes it a decent match for our preferred slot machine strategies. Our slot strategies emphasise targeting the highest possible volatility slots.
With a decent RTP and volatility – the latter of which can be ramped up by playing fewer lines and using the gamble feature – this slot makes a reasonable match for any player wanting to use our preferred strategies.
The visuals are strong, especially in the field of Novomatic slots, although the rest of the design is simply copied over from other slots from the same maker.
Overall, we feel comfortable giving this a soft recommendation.