Under the Sea Slot Machine
Under the Sea is a 5 reel, 25 pay line slot machine developed by 1x2 Gaming for online casinos.
When you hear the term under the sea, you may think of the same titled song from Disney's 1989 movie The Little Mermaid. This film revolves around a mermaid named Ariel, and her friends Sebastian the crab and Flounder the tropical fish.
Based on the title, we were surprised to find that 1x2 Gaming's slot machine has nothing to do with mermaids or fictional creatures. But you will see crabs, tropical fish, and plenty of other ocean life.
And as you'll find out below, the music is one really special part of Under the Sea.
Let's cover this aspect below along with Under the Sea's atmosphere, animations, graphics, pay table, bonuses, betting options, and rules. We'll also discuss how this game compares to other slots that revolve around sea life.
Under the Sea Slot Machines Overview
Under the Sea takes you to the ocean floor, where you'll see kelp, coral, and blue sandy hills.
You'll also see a variety of tropical fish swimming behind the transparent reels. This is by far one of the most active backgrounds we've seen in a 1x2 Gaming slot.
Another aspect worth mentioning is the game title at the top, which is orange with an anchor at the end. This color perfectly contrasts the ocean background and helps tie in the overall background.
Also note that you'll see different phrases scroll across the bottom of the reels. These include: Spin, you'll have a whale of a time; Put a few squid on the table; Scale the heights of slots; Don't get crabby; Something to Octopie your time; I bait this won't go on any longer; Shoal'em what you got; Don't be so shellfish; Shrimply brilliant spinning; The sharks are circling; and Fins can only get better.
These phrases are common in other 1x2 Gaming slots and are meant to add a humorous touch to the action.
Our favorite part of Under the Sea is the music that plays throughout the main game.
It's a pleasant accordion style tune, with other instruments mixed in, that makes you feel like you're truly on an underwater adventure.
You'll also hear sonar, whale sounds, and bubbles - all of which sound realistic, rather than stock sounds used in other ocean games.
When you spin the reels, you'll hear a stomping noise to indicate each reel stopping. This is followed by either a ring to indicate a winning payout, or a harsh sound to indicate a losing spin.
The only thing we don't like about the sound effects is that if you let your winning pay line sit for a few seconds, a loud accordion sound plays over and over until you spin the reels again. But this lone drawback isn't enough to overshadow the music that we like so much.
Unlike many 1x2 Gaming slot machines, Under the Sea actually features several animations during winning payouts.
These include: a shark eating the orange tropical fish, letters coming up in bubbles, the shellfish's legs coming out to walk, and clams opening to reveal a pearl.
Under the Sea Pay Table and Graphics
You can look at the pay table by clicking the orange button in the lower right hand corner. Here's a look at the symbols and payouts that you'll find:
Featuring orange and white stripes, the tropical fish substitutes for everything except the turtle scatter symbol and crab to form wins.
When you land 3 or more turtles anywhere on the reels, you trigger the free spins bonus.
When you get a crab mixed with other edible fish oyster & whelk, you'll receive a bonus prize - see more in bonus features section.
The whelk is the highest paying normal symbol, offering 400 coins for 5 symbols, 200 for 4 symbols, 45 for 3, and 8 for 2.
This exotic looking blue seahorse pays 350 coins for 5 symbols, 150 for 4 symbols, 40 for 3, and 7 for 2.
The jellyfish delivers 300 coins for 5 symbols, 75 for 4 symbols, 32 for 3, and 7 for 2.
The oyster pays 100 for 5 symbols, 40 for 4 symbols, 24 for 3, and 6 for 2.
The coral offers 80 coins for 5 symbols, 32 for 4, and 20 for 3.
Starfish - This yellow starfish pays 80 coins for 5 symbols, 32 for 4, and 20 for 3.
The A delivers 70 coins for 5 symbols, 26 for 4, and 15 for 3.
This letter pays 60 coins for 5 symbols, 24 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The Q pays 45 for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 10 for 3.
This letter delivers 20 for 5 symbols, 14 for 4, and 10 for 3.
One downside to Under the Sea is its symbol graphics, which aren't on par with the background. This isn't to say that the symbols look terrible, but they won't impress you either.
The best detail can be seen in the topical fish wild and whelk symbols, while the letters - encased in bubbles - also look good. But the crab, turtle, seahorse, and coral look dim and don't have many defining qualities.
However, there's enough going on in the background that you won't fixate on the drab symbols.
Under the Sea Slot Bonus Features
Under the Sea isn't filled with bonuses, but you can at least trigger free spins and get special payouts for certain combinations. Here's a closer look at each of these features.
Free games are triggered by 3 or more turtle scatters anywhere on the reels. The number of free spins you receive are as follows: 15 free spins for 5 turtles, 10 spins for 4, and 5 for 3.
All wins during the free games are doubled. You'll also receive a regular prize if your turtle helps form a winning pay line.
Payouts include: 1,000 coins for 5 turtles & regular symbols, 320 for 4, and 180 for 3.
When you trigger free spins, you'll hear a voice announce them while a short jingle plays. You're then taken to the reels to watch your free games automatically play out.
We hoped for more theatrics during the free spins, like a changing background or special symbols. But the announcer voice and 2x multiplier are the only differences between the bonus and regular play.
As mentioned in the pay table section, the crab helps form Mixed Seafood payouts along with oysters and whelk edible creatures.
You'll receive a 150 coin bonus any time that you form one of these mixed pay lines.
You'll also get the following payouts for forming a win with just the crab: 200 coins for 5 crab symbols, 100 for 4, and 30 for 3.
Wagering options include changing pay lines from 1 25, coin size from $0.01 to $0.50, and 1 5 coins per line. This makes the minimum bet worth one cent and the max wager $62.50 per spin.
You can also auto play the reels with your selected betting options for between 1 and 100 spins. To do this, click auto bet and adjust the amount with the preset options, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, or the arrows.
Note that you can turn all betting options to their minimum value with the Reset Bets button, or max out pay lines and coins per line with Max Bet.
You can adjust the volume with the speaker button in the lower left hand corner.
This area also includes a gear button that allows you to adjust graphics settings to low, medium, or high. The low setting is good if your PC or smartphone is slow and you want the game to run faster.
One last option is the Show Winlines button located in the lower right hand corner, which allows you to see all active pay lines.
The win frequency for Under the Sea is average for a 25 pay line slot machine.
While you'll win on a fair amount of turns, we also experienced spurts where we didn't win for 4 5 straight spins. Considering this, we recommend keeping your coins size between one cent and $0.10 when you're playing 25 lines.
On the bright side, free spins occur with more frequency than other online slot machines. We played for 250 300 spins and triggered free spins four times.
The downside is that we never got 15 free spins, but we'll take 5 and 10 free games with more frequency any day.
RTP is 96.80%, which is really good for an online slot machine.
Upon checking RTP, we were surprised to see that it was this high, given the mediocre win frequency. Also, this game doesn't have any huge payouts to justify the average win rate.
But what drives up the RTP is the high frequency of free spins. In any case, Under the Sea offers great payback.
Since it's not immediately apparent where you find the game rules, note that you must click the question mark in the lower left hand corner. Below you can see the main rules featured in this section:
- Payouts are multiplied by your coin size and coins per line, i.e. 100 coins x $0.01 coin size x 5 coins per line = $5.00 win. The lone exception to this rule is the Mixed Seafood payout, which delivers a 150 coin bonus no matter what.
- When two or more wins occur in the same pay line, only the largest payout is awarded.
- All payouts must form from left to right, beginning with the leftmost reel.
- The fish wild symbol can't help form Mixed Seafood or turtle scatter payouts. Also, the fish won't help trigger free spins.
Comparison to Other Sea themed Slot Machines
While sea life isn't the biggest slots theme, there are still plenty of slot machines that match Under the Sea's concept. For the sake of comparisons, we've chosen Betsoft's Ocean Life and EGT's Ocean Rush.
Ocean Life is the closest slot we've seen to Under the Sea in terms of solely focusing on sea life.
One of the best aspects of this 3 reel game is its music, which is a positive Caribbean tune. You'll also hear various sound effects for wins and a rock n roll beat for big wins.
On the downside, Ocean Life's background graphics are far worse than Under the Sea. Everything from the glitchy waves at the top of the screen to the poorly detailed ocean make this slot look outdated.
Another problem is that this is a single pay line game, and you'll rarely form wins. While you can bet as little as one cent, it still gets boring waiting multiple spins for a payout.
Ending on a positive note, Ocean Life has three different progressive jackpots in the Cash Grab (usually pays at $2k $5k), Mystery Jackpot (pays at $10k), and Super Slots Jackpot (usually pays at $40k $50k).
Most aspects of Ocean Life are on a lower level than Under the Sea, but the three random jackpots give you a reason to play.
This 5 reel, 15 pay line game is a generic take on The Little Mermaid, which is obvious from the symbols that look like Ariel, King Triton, and Sebastian. Other symbols include a clam, shark, starfish, tropical fish, and treasure chest.
Some of the symbol graphics may remind you of the Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants, while others, like the king and mermaid, are more realistic cartoons.
One of the sound effects during winning payouts sounds like a dead ringer for The Little Mermaid's Under the Sea song.
The best element to this slot is its bonuses, which include a scattered pearls pick me round, jackpot cards pick me round, and Lucky Dive bonus. Regarding the latter, you're presented with 12 shells, and you pick among them to get free games and multipliers.
When compared to Under the Sea, Ocean Rush has qualities that are both better; bonuses and symbol graphics, and worse, too cartoonish and cliche theme. This being the case, we put it on equal footing with Under the Sea.
If you want a realistic adventure into the depths of the ocean, then Under the Sea is a good choice.
The thing that we liked right away when opening this game is the music, which creates a sense of wonderment. We also like that 1x2 Gaming has added a few more animations for winning payouts than they normally do.
Another good element to this game is its background, which features a realistic ocean floor and fish swimming across the screen.
One huge perk is the 96.80% RTP, which gives you a better long term chance of winning than most slots. You'll also appreciate how free spins come up more often in this game when compared to other slot machines.
Downsides include below average symbol graphics, limited sound effects, and uninspiring bonuses.
Some of the symbols don't look bad, but the majority just don't match the quality seen in the rest of the game.
As for the bonuses, we won't complain that you can get both free spins and Mixed Seafood payouts. But they also don't give you a reason to choose this game over other ocean themed slots.
Despite the downsides, we like the music, background, and high RTP enough to fully recommend this game to deep sea lovers.