About Neptune’s Riches Ocean of Wilds Slot
Regular readers of The Slot Buzz will be familiar with Just for the Win who build games for release on the Microgaming platform. Whilst they might not be everyone’s cup of tea – their quirky themes don’t always come off well – they have still produced a few little treasures like Aurora Beast Hunter and the 2018 hit, Deco Diamonds. For Neptune’s Riches Ocean of WildsJust for the Win have returned to a classic 5 reel 20-payline design which should have a broad appeal. A sunken ship can be seen in the background through the murky depths, while plants wave in the foreground and the gold-trimmed reels sit in the centre of it all. It’s quite a basic design but there is plenty more going on beneath the surface.
Underwater themes are always popular thanks to the exotic mysteriousness of the ocean – no one knows exactly what’s going on down there. As the name would suggest though, you can expect plenty of Wilds in these waters and the riches in question can amount to 25,000x stake if you manage to nab the top payout.
This has a standard RTP of 96.15% and a minimum bet of 20p, while the high volatility rating makes it suitable for players who don’t mind a rollercoaster of wins and losses in exchange for the chance of hitting a massive payout. If you have the pockets to cope with the ups and downs, the 25,000x stake jackpot is a tempting prize.
Symbols and Paytable
The regular symbols in Neptune’s Riches Ocean of Wilds include a ring, bangle, crown, seahorse and gold Neptune coin. You need to land 3 matches to enjoy a win with all symbols except the gold Neptune coin, which only requires 2 matches. The regular symbols award from 2.5x to 15x your bet for 5 matches. There are also high card symbols to award the lower payouts.
Other symbols include the Wild gold key and Neptune’s trident, which is the Scatter. The Wilds can substitute for the other symbols and boost your winning opportunities. They have the same value as the top-paying gold Neptune coin.
The bonus features add a big dose of excitement and make the 25,000x stake jackpot a real possibility. You’ll find Respins with Multipliers up to 10x, along with Free Spins and Walking Wild Stacks, which are the key to unlocking the riches.
Gameplay and Features
Rising Wilds Respins
If you land Wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4, you’ll unlock the three locks positioned above them to trigger the Rising Wilds Respins Feature. The locks reveal Multipliers, which are added to the Wilds beneath them.
The Wilds move up one position on each Respin and when they reach the top, the Multiplier increases by 1x up to a maximum of 10x. More than one Wild means their Multipliers are multiplied together to increase the reward further. It’s actually possible to get 3 Wilds with a 10x Multiplier each to give an enormous 1,000x Multiplier.
Free Spins with Walking Wild Stacks
Hit 3 Neptune’s trident Scatters to activate the Free Spins round. This awards 5 Free Spins along with a Walking Wild Stack on the fifth reel. This stack contains 3 Wilds each with a Multiplier, which could be up to 10x. The Stack moves one reel to the left on every spin. When it arrives at reel 1, you’ll spin a special wheel to reveal either more Free Spins or a Collect segment, which ends the feature.
Neptune’s Riches Ocean of Wilds is a basic-looking game due to its simple 5×3 layout and lack of sophisticated graphics. However, it has hidden depths and the highly volatile gameplay packs quite a punch. For high rollers and risk-takers looking for the 25,000x stake jackpot, you’ll need to trigger the Respins and Free Spins features, along with a few 10x Multipliers – just imagine hitting that 1,000x Multiplier! The Wilds are exciting when they keep multiplying each other and this is really where the tension lies. Despite the volatility, this slot has quite a chilled feel due to the gently bubbling underwater theme and simple design. It’s certainly an interesting mix of simplicity and potentially high-paying features, so if you like the ocean view and enjoy big-risk / high-reward action, these could be rich waters for you.