Dolphin King Slot from Amaya
This is an older 5 reel video slot from the Amaya portfolio. The theme is underwater and the reels are framed in a scene which includes a crowned dolphin and treasure chest full of pearls. There is a mechanical feel to the reels, with sounds and graphics which will remind you of the old lever-pull type games.
Highlights include a free spins bonus game during which all your wins are doubled – and the ability to double up any regular wins which include one or more of the dolphin king symbols. Compared to the low spin amounts, you can win some generous prizes from this game if the symbols line up across the 9 win-lines.
How to Win on Dolphin King
With only 9 win-lines and a lot of different symbols, there were some longish sequences between wins when I tried out this game. Fortunately these are made up for by the size of the wins which do appear. These are topped by hitting 5 of a kind of the dolphin king symbols, this will trigger a 5000 coin win. Just 4 dolphin kings is worth 1000 coins, with 100 for 3 and 10 for just 2. When you do hit a win the dolphin will laugh and move – for me this is a little sinister, rather than entertaining!
The next best symbols are the clown fish (think Finding Nemo) worth 1500 for 5 and the lion fish (500 coins for 5). Starfish and conch shells are each worth 250 for 5 with the smaller wins made up from colorful playing cards ace down to nine.
Any win which includes a dolphin symbol as a wild is doubled compared to what is on the pay table.
Pearl symbols are scatters, and will pay out for the total amount in view – regardless of whether they are on one of the 9 win lines. These pay out as a multiple of your total bet, with 100x that bet the top prize for 5 pearls. You’ll get 10x for 4, 4x for 4 and 2x for 2. The dolphin does not substitute for these scatter symbols.
Dolphin King Slot Bonus Round and Jackpot
If you hit one of the dolphin symbols on the first and fifth reel in the same spin, then you will trigger the free spins bonus game. This is 20 free spins – and you can retrigger for more spins while playing it. The frame of the reels changes (and some bad music plays), though essentially the reels and the game-play are the same.
Any win that you hit during this free spins bonus game is doubled. Wild symbols still have their doubling effect, meaning that a win which includes a wild symbol is effectively 4x compared to the pay table.
This slot also includes a smaller progressive jackpot. This is not tied to any particular symbol, and can pay out on any spin. You can see the current amount above the reels on the left hand side in the box marked ‘rapid fire jackpot’.
Design and Setup of Dolphin King
Overall the design is typical of a 1st generation 5 reel video slot from Amaya (or Cryptologic as they were known when the slot was made). The white background to the reels, and look of the symbols is smart though leaves a slightly retro feel to the game. This is exaggerated by the way the reels move slightly upwards before they spin. This is like pulling the lever on a mechanical slot. One small gripe about this game is that they reels take just a little too long to complete their spin each time – the game would be more engaging if it was sped up.
The graphics around the reels are nicely done, though nothing special. Symbols are smart but plain, with basic animations including the weird cackling laugh of the dolphin king and the shimmering pearl symbols. Sounds are from the Amaya library and include clicks when the reels stop plus electronic tunes for wins. When you hit the free spins you get a different background graphic, which is orange instead of blue – plus a ‘tune’ which plays throughout.
Dolphin King uses a 5 reel, 3 row and 9 win-line setup. You can reduce the number of lines, and your bets start from 5c per line or 45c for the full set. A configurable auto-play and ‘bet max’ button is available.
Dolphin King is a solid enough slot, though does have a retro feel to it. While I found it entertaining enough for one session, there is nothing that would really prompt me to return. You will have the chance of a jackpot, big wins from regular play and a free spins game during which your wins are doubled.