Across a serene lake, clouded by morning mist is where you’ll find the realm of 888 Turtles, a real cash slot machine from GamesOS.
Given the location, and the name of the title, it won’t surprise many that this is an Asian inspired game, hugely similar in looks to what you’ll have come across before. Even the music sounds so recognisable that you could hum it in your sleep without having ever played this game before.
Even though that sense of familiarity doesn’t sound like a positive, it actually is in this case, for it means you can dive right in fully prepared with what to expect, rather than skirting nervously around the edge of the 5-reels. This slot has free games and over 200 ways to win, making it a medium variance and low to medium volatility title; shall we see how it holds up when we give it a go?
We can’t stress enough how important user-friendly controls are to the success of a slot machine – they can be the reason you try a round or switch off entirely. When it comes to 888 Turtles, the interface is a smooth and compact one, allowing for ease of use and adaptability. Everything you need is at the bottom of the screen, with some more in-depth information provided via the ‘?’ widget on the left hand side.
What’s most clever, and thus convenient, about the settings here is that the Total Bet display and (-)/(+) detail what your overall wager is when broken down; if you play 0.25 credits for your final amount, it’s 0.01 of coin value. This is rather unique to this online slot, especially one that removes the staple paylines and has 243 ways to play.
Despite this ingenious design feature, the maximum bet option has been discarded, which seems odd as your stake can reach 375 credits in total.
There’s also a Turbo button on hand that actually does speed the reels up, instead of claiming so and then falling short, as well as Autospins that can play up until you trigger the free games.
The ‘bonus round’ of 888 Turtles is a free spins level, which some of you may find uninteresting, however GamesOS have tried to add some zest by having multipliers included. There’s several tiers of free games awarded, with the multipliers varying with each rank. The twist is that the more spins you get, the lower the multiplier becomes. It’s a catch-22, you simply can’t have your cake and eat it.
Say you land the full 20 waves, you’ll only get a multiplier of between x2 and x5, but get the 5 rounds and you’re looking at between x10 and x30.
We like the fact that you’re rewarded either way, though there’s a brutality there that keeps the intensity of the activity alive so that you don’t lose interest too quickly. No doubt many users will want to keep trying until they hit the ‘perfect combination’, if that even exists in this feature… we’re doubtful.
The paytable has been broken down into three sections, allowing you to navigate the worth of the symbols with more ease. For example, you know the higher ranking icons from the lower, as they’re decorated tiles rather than card values.
What is more, the top ranking symbols are the ones most in-keeping with the game: it’s a money tree and a tranquil fountain, both of which match the design and theme.
In regards to the largest base payout, that’s 1,000 credits for five money trees, which isn’t going to sound like a lot of cash to many of you. However, remember that this isn’t taking into account the feature game, nor its multipliers. To clarify though, no upping your bet will improve the financial outcome - you can go in with the min amount and be in with as much of a chance as the high rollers.
Okay, it’s come to the end of the game and we’ve still not seen all these turtles. Please say that we’re not the only ones disappointed? Sure, the golden turtle symbol is there, but it’s hardly in enough quantity to warrant the name of the game…
Putting aside that ‘issue’ for the moment, the actual gameplay on this online slot is brilliant, and so too are the prizes; they may not be as valuable as other games, but other titles don’t have the convenience of hundreds of ways to win. What is more, for such a low pay-in, the amounts you can win are actually generous.