IGT has kept things pretty simple as far as the design of Ocean Magic goes - a sunken wreck and an assortment of marine life form the backdrop to the reels. There you’ll see 3 lower value starfish symbols alongside sea horses, crabs, jelly fish and sharks. Best of the standard symbols is the Ocean Magic! logo which pays 300 coins if you land 5 on a payline.
The bubble is the game’s wild - when it lands, it floats up the reels with each subsequent spin until it heads off the top of the reels. Hope to see the bubble land on top of an Ocean Magic symbol. When this happens, the bubble pops and turns 9 adjacent symbols wild. A new payout is then made with the extra wilds in place. This is known as the Wild Bubble feature.
You can boost the number of wilds in play by opting to activate the Bubble Boost feature - this doubles your stake. In return, up to 7 wild bubbles can be in play on any spin. These can hit on all 5 reels and can create some big winning opportunities, especially if you land a bubble on the Ocean Magic symbol for the 9 wild boost.
Ocean Magic also comes with a Free Spins Bonus feature that is triggered by landing 3 or more of the treasure chest scatter. You’ll then pick from the bubbles to reveal free spins. 3, 4 or 5 scatters awards 5, 10 or 20 picks. You could get 5 free spins for every pick giving a potential 100 free spins. During the feature, 3 or more scatters will allow you to make picks again – this allows you, in theory, to play with up to 200 free spins in total.
This isn’t a very volatile game as the variance is in the low to medium range – this means you should get plenty of bang for your buck. It offers maximum wins of 300 times your stake on every spin.
Like many IGT slot games, Ocean Magic offers pretty simple fare. The sound and visuals are perfectly adequate without being overly flashy. The bubble wilds offer something a little different though and provide plenty of interest in the base game. The exploding bubble wilds can lead to some interesting action.
Add the free spins into the mix and it’s worth getting your virtual flippers on and taking a dive into these fairly tranquil waters. If you want higher variance, I recommend Lord of the Ocean by Novomatic.