Half Pixel, a partner of Microgaming, has released a new slot machine called Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom, and it has already sparked some debate. The first is the actual name. Is Atlantis still a forgotten kingdom when there are so many slot machines with an Atlantis theme? Debatable. The second is the potential for player discord over the game’s four protagonists. Objectifying mermaids may be offensive to some, while others may find it amusing to drape svelte women across reels. Read on and we’ll try to sway you one way or the other if you’re still on the fence.
There’s really just one logical setting for an underwater slot machine with an Atlantis theme. To reflect this, Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom is set in a deep, dark ocean and takes place on a grid with five reels and 243 chances to win. Part of Atlantis is visible in the background, but players are more interested in the wild reel on the left and the maximum win and free spins mentioned at the top. The four ladies infuse a cardboard, almost comic, feel into a nice underwater scenario that further explores the Atlantis setting during free spins.
The game is available from 20 cents up to £/€30 a spin, and its statistics are fine aside from a potentially inconsistent return to player percentage. Therefore, keep an eye out for the most generous variant, which has a theoretical return of 96.19 percent. Meanwhile, both the volatility and the hit rate, at 39.24%, are rather high.
When looking at the paytable in the help file, you’ll see eight different normal pay symbols. The first eight are low-value J through A cards, and the next four are high-value mermaids. The warrior, the advisor, the beauty, and the queen are just few of the titles given to these people in Atlantis. The reward for lining up five high-value symbols is between three and six times the initial wager. As we’ll see below, premium symbols may also land in 1×2 and 1×3 sizes, and in some cases even become wild.
Slot Machine Atlantis: The Lost Empire Features
Full reels of symbols becoming wild, some multiplier action, and a bonus game with five different choices are the main features of this Atlantis.
Check out the horizontally rotating, four-symbol bonus reel off to the side of the main grid. The wild feature is triggered if all four reels show identical mermaids. In this case, a 1×4 mermaid wild occurs on any reel to initiate the bonus. When used as a replacement for a pay sign, wilds can increase payouts by a factor of one, two, three, or four. When substituting for other symbols, wilds award multipliers; in this case, 15, 20, 25, or 40 times the wager for landing 5 warrior, advisor, beauty, or queen wilds, respectively.
Free games are triggered when three or more of the pearl jewelry scatter symbols appear anywhere in view. Then, the game gives the player a choice between 5 possibilities.
Twenty free spins with a wild Warrior symbol are yours to use in The Warrior’s Free Spins. All winnings from wild cards are increased by one (up to 3,600x).
Free Games with the Advisor – 15 free games with a wild adviser symbol. All payouts from wild symbols are doubled, up to a maximum of 4,800x.
Bonus Round: 10 free spins with a wild Beauty symbol. All payouts from wild symbols are tripled, up to a maximum of 6,000x.
There will be 5 free games in which the Queen icon will act as a wild. Multiply your wins from wilds by four (up to 7,200x) to get the whole picture.
The fifth choice uses a random number generator to select a multiplier and a spin component. So, at most, you could earn 20 Queen Spins, and at worst, you could get 5 Warrior Spins. If you get three scatters at once while in the bonus game, you’ll get five extra free spins. Finally, scatter symbols pay out regardless of their position: 2, 3, 4, or 5 anywhere in view will yield payouts of 1, 2, 10, or 100 times the wager, respectively.
The Results of Playing Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom Slots
Half Pixel showered Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom in feminine appeal, modeling their game after Triple Edge Studios’ Sisters of Oz. Is this a cheap trick or just for laughs? Players may decide for themselves whether or whether the cartoonish nature of the four full-reel females detracts from or adds to the Atlantis mystery. When you add in the mermaids and the strange music, Half Pixel has created an underwater fantasy environment that some gamers may find appealing.
Due to the random nature of the gameplay, there is often very little action taking place. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a winning combination of four identical symbols on the wild reel appears to keep you in the game. Because of the 243 ways to win and multipliers, it is possible to win a surprisingly large sum of money by getting entire reels of wilds and a small number of premium symbols. During our testing, free spins looked much more unpredictable and were quite difficult to activate. Keep in mind that there is no assurance that the selected wild symbol will appear during the feature when you activate free spins. Half Pixel may have known that players would become bored during the game’s slower moments, so they included a quartet of cleavage-baring mermaids to keep them occupied.
Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom is plausible, to an extent. Its plethora of ‘babes’ inhabit a fantastic undersea world, and the features may deliver technically pleasing outcomes. Fans of female protagonists who know how to use their strengths to achieve their goals would enjoy it. At the same time, there are instances where Atlantis: The Forgotten Kingdom feels like a tacky Hooters beneath the water. Filling a spot with flesh might be contentious or not, but either way, it makes an otherwise boring game more interesting.