Free Mermaid Queen Slot Machine - Instant Play Game
Mermaid Queen is a Barcrest video slot released in 2011, offering gamblers a 5x3 playing field with 20 flexible paylines, which means players are able to turn various paylines on or off to lower their RTP and chances of winning, for the benefit of decreasing the amount they have to bet as a result. You can bet between $0.01 up to $5 per spin, which should please every gambler except high rollers, who will undoubtedly feel too constrained by the $5 limit on their bets. The title has a progressive jackpot, and a free spins bonus with increasing multipliers.
As the name implies, Mermaid Queen takes place in the ocean, far from any land or humans that can see the mermaids. The crystal blue water comprises the bottom part of the backdrop, while a bright, starry sky makes the top, creating a rather pretty view. The reels have a white-blue background reminiscent of shallow water, and have yellow corals between them to separate individual reels and to mark the edges of the reels, separating them from the backdrop. To the side of the reels, you have payline indicators, and clicking on one will immediately set your game to that amount of active paylines – so pressing a 6 will set your active paylines to 6, giving you a shortcut so you don’t have to keep pressing the Lines button up or down to get to where you need. The user interface is much older, having quite good usability where most things are labelled clearly and are easy to access, but some, like the paytable, require you to open a dropdown menu or two.
Symbols include generic playing card icons such as 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, which can be found in a lot of other games, and icons unique to this title such as a seashell necklace, a small fish hiding in the ocean plant life, an old 18th century ship, and a man with long hair and a torch, likely someone shipwrecked from that very same boat. Scatters are depicted with a purple clam, while the Mermaid acts as a Wild, and even has a small animation she goes through when part of a winning combination.
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The free spins bonus is activated when Mermaid Wilds appear on the first, third and fifth reel at the same time, granting players ten free turns. Each Scatter that appears during free spins rewards one more, allowing you to add as many as you want indefinitely with the right luck. For the first ten free spins, all prizes are doubled, and if you have won any extra turns after by collecting Scatters, the prizes for those free spins will be tripled. It is possible to retrigger this special feature.
The largest jackpot you can win is obviously the progressive jackpot that sits above the reels as an incentive to keep you going so you can get your hands on it. Progressive jackpot contributions are no more than 1.5% RTP, and its activation is completely random. The slot has a medium volatility, and an RTP of 97.5%, which is above average for video slots.
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