Realtime Gaming (RTG) has been developing some of the most unique online video slots since the company was first established in 1998. Mermaid Queen was originally launched in 2006 as a part of the brand’s download casino suite, but with a throng of Real Series Slots hitting the market since, this ‘oldie but goodie’ has more or less faded into the background – until now. Last month, RTG reinvigorated the game with the release of Mermaid Queen for mobile casinos.
Mermaid Queen isn’t your typical aquatic fish-lady themed video slot. While most of the symbols are of marine nature, the game offers a more celestial ambience, shrouded by a starry night sky as the backdrop. As you may have suspected though, coated in deep blues with a heavy splash of pinks and purples, this game largely appeals to feminine slots fans.
Mermaid Queen for Mobile Casinos
RTG did not deviate much from the original product when optimizing this classic slot machine for mobile casinos. It contains the same 5×3 reel structure with 20 paylines, multipliers and a free spins feature that triggers relatively often. The only real difference is the graphic quality which, as you can imagine, has increased dramatically over the last 9 years, especially with the latest mobile HD formatting.
There are 11 possible symbols that can land on the reels. The picturesque visage of the Mermaid Queen herself is the Wild, but she only appears on reels 1, 3 and 5, substituting for any other symbol except Clam Shells, which are the Scatters. The other possible symbols (in order of value, greatest to least) are her Male counterpart (presumably a Merman), Ship, Clownfish, Shell Necklace, and of course the generic playing card symbols A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9.
Enough with the chivalry – let’s get down to brass tax. Pound for pound, what can players expect to get out of Mermaid Queen? Well, that depends what you put into it, of course. The mobile slot features 20 paylines which can be activated individually at a coin rate of $0.01 to $10 per line, equating to a minimum/maximum bet of $0.01 to $200.
The most advantageous combinations for players are 5 Merman symbols on a line, worth 7,500x the line bet, or an array of Mermaids on reels 1, 3 and 5. Not only does the trio of Wilds virtually guarantee a tidy payout, it also triggers the game’s Free Spins phase.
When this occurs, players are awarded 10 free spins, which will automatically play out with a 2x multiplier on all prizes. However, this is where the Clam Shell Scatters really come into play. In the base game, Scatters pay multiples of the total bet when 2, 3, 4 or 5 appear anywhere. During free games, however, each Clam awards 1 more free spin, and all additional free spins (any beyond the first 10) receive 3x payouts.
Last but not least, the game comes with a random progressive jackpot. There are no special requirements to release the jackpot outside of simply playing the game. The progressive prize can be triggered after any spin of the reels, win or lose.