Emperor of the Sea

Emperor of the Sea main game screen

Emperor of the Sea Basic information:

There aren't many pokies in the ocean, at least not operable ones. That doesn't mean that the whole nautical theme is abandoned, however, as we can see with the development of Emperor of the Sea.

Created by the talented folks responsible for the Microgaming gaming software, one of the most popular and powerful gambling software systems ever developed, Emperor of the Sea is a pokie game released at the beginning of March, 2017. This is a simple looking game, with obvious reverence for Chinese history and mythology.

As is standard with games offered by the Microgaming software system, this game is available for play on PC, Mac, mobile and tablet systems, such is the versatility on offer.

Emperor of the Sea main game screen

Emperor of the Sea comes with a total of 88 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4 layout.

  • The minimum coins bet sits at 1
  • The maximum coins bet sits at 10
  • Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
  • Maximum coins size sits at 0.05
  • Maximum lines bet sits at all 88
  • Minimum lines bet sits at 38
  • The return to player offered by this game sits at just under 96.3%, somewhere around average.


In terms of options, this game covers all the basics which you would expect from the options tab. This is accessed by pressing the blue up arrow tab on the bottom right corner of the game. These options are spread under the three following headings:

  • Game Play Settings

This comes with the quickplay option. When activated this speeds up the spinning of the slots to cut down on wasted time.

  • Graphics Settings

In this area players can choose between two different graphics settings; basic and advanced. While advanced looks slightly better it is also a larger drain on computer resources, so those with less powerful or outdated hardware might consider choosing basic here.

  • Sound Settings

This section includes four possible options. The first option simply mutes all sounds which come from the game. This can also be achieved by clicking the sound button at the top-right of the main game page. The other sound options allow the player to individually mute game sounds, win sounds and/or background sounds.

Other Helpful Additions

The autoplay button give the player access to 10x, 25x, 50x and 100x autospin options. The user can also choose to keep spinning until the stop button is clicked, or they can click custom to set further rules. These further rules allow the player to enter a custom amount of spins to complete and choose between two spin-end settings. The first of these settings allows the player to stop when all spins are complete. The second allows the spins to stop when wins equal or exceed a certain amount.

Also offered on the game itself is question mark icon which, when clicked, leads the user to a help page to answer any basic questions which the user might have. An additional tab to the right side of the game lets the player check payouts and bonus information.

Emperor of the sea also offers a stats button, which lists the player's best three win results as well as total spins, player session time and average spins per hour. These stats persist for the current session only.


Unknown to many of us in the west, the ancient Chinese were certainly no slouches when it comes to the sea. Admiral Zheng He, who operated during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century, was purported to work with ships over 130m long and 55m meters wide. This is often disputed, but if the ship sizes come anywhere near this then they would have far out-sized anything out of Europe at the time.

This Zheng He, busy as he was, completed a total 7 voyages in his time. From each one he brought back hordes of treasure in terms of both goods and knowledge of other cultures.

It is from Chinese culture from which the rest of the game draws inspiration as well, specifically those including eastern dragons and carp. The dragon seems especially happy to be here, as in his symbol he appears to be throwing up the jazz hands.

Other Features and Bonuses

Emperor of the Sea wild symbol

The wild symbol in this game comes in the form of an Emperor of the Sea icon.

  • 2 of these give a bonus of 1.5
  • 3 of these give a bonus of 3.75
  • 4 give a bonus of 12.5
  • 5 give a bonus of 26.25

These can substitute for any icon except the scatter symbol.

Emperor of the Sea scatter symbol

The scatter symbol appears as a golden hat. These do not need to appear on an enabled payline in order to win. Gaining 3 or more of these scatter symbols in one spin triggers the 8 free spins bonus game.

  • 3 scatter icons give a bonus of 88
  • 4 scatter icons give a bonus of 3300
  • 5 scatter icons give a bonus of 4400

Free Spins Game

When 3 or more scatter symbols are gathered on one spin the free spins bonus game will begin. The amount wagered in the free spins game is equal to the amount which was bet during the round where the free spins were activated.

In this game the player is gifted with 8 free spins. This game also includes the rolling reels and growing wilds features.

For the rolling reels feature all winning symbols in a spin will be added to the player's bonus game total. When this happens the winning symbols will vanish and the above symbols will fall into the now empty spots. This process will continue until no winning combinations remain, after which an additional spin will start (if there are any more remaining).

The growing wilds feature lets wilds stack when consecutive spins payout. These can grow per spin up to a maximum of 15.

How to Play:

One of the simpler games on offer. When a player wishes to play they need only select their bet and click spin. For further options the player can click on the bet tab which allows them to choose coin size, coins bet and lines bet.

For more advanced and customised play the user clicks on the autoplay button. This allows the player to run a 10x, 25x, 50x or 100x autoplay, run until play is manually stopped or set further options by clicking the custom button.

This custom button allows the player to enter their own custom amount of spins and choose if they want the autospins to end when either all spins are complete or if wins meet or exceed a certain amount.

Overall Design and Usability:

The design of Emperor of the Sea will be immediately familiar to anyone who has played a modern offering by Microgaming. Generally, the design is well suited, if a bit phoned in. Graphically speaking, the best part of the game is the free-spins game, which comes with a beautiful gold motif. It's not hard to win access to this either, which is nice. The music here is also especially well suited. The only problem with the music is one common to most pokies, since the same tune is going to repeat itself many times you might be better off selecting your own appropriate backing music.

In terms of usability, Emperor of the Sea comes with what you would expect from a modern Microgaming creation. The game runs well, loads quickly and comes with most of the basic options which users have come to expect. This is a bit lacking when it comes to the customisation options of some other developers, but that tends to be the price you pay for games which are produced in such volume.

Where to find it:

As Microgaming is one of the most popular gaming software systems on the market you shouldn't have much difficulty finding where to play Emperor of the Sea. If you already have a favourite gambling website then take a look around, it might already be available. If you want a more direct list then check out our reviews below – each of these websites should have the game on offer!


Not a bad game and with a fun theme. I really wish they had just put a bit more effort in here when it comes to overall design and bonus games. What they have focussed on is great, but I can't help but feel this is a little bit of a missed opportunity. Never-the-less, if you are interested in playing a new pokie, then I would never recommend avoiding Emperor of the Sea. Just don't go in expecting to be blown away and you might pleasantly surprised.

3.9/5 Stars

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