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What’s lurking at the bottom of the ocean? Treasure obviously. If video slots were reflective of real life, every square inch of ocean would be covered with gold, jewels and other ill-gotten gains, plundered by pirates and then lost to Davy Jone’s Locker before being rediscovered centuries later. Throw in some starfish and seahorses and you’ve got Treasure Reef.

GameArt are the sort of developers who like to stick with what they know, which is why their slots follow the same rigid formula. Save for a few tweaks to the features, it’s left to the graphics to differentiate one from the other. It would be fair to say that Treasure Reef isn’t their best effort.

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Treasure You Can’t Measure

Treasure Reef is a game that isn’t quite sure where it wants to be situated. Half of its symbols are the sort you’d expect to find on the shoreline where the sand meets the sea, a quarter belong to a reef and the remainder are more likely to be encountered in the deepest parts of the ocean. In fairness, it’s churlish to take a video slot to task over such inaccuracies. This is meant to be escapist entertainment after all.

A 20-payline game, Treasure Reef has a line bet that can be set between 0.01 and 0.5. As a result, you’ll pay a maximum of 10 per spin. There’s the usual autoplay option which can be set between 10 and 500 spins and you can disable the music – not that there is any to speak of. There’s also the option to disable the gamble feature. You’d be advised to keep this on, as it offers one of your best chances of success.

Spinning with the Fishes

It may take you a few spins to spot this, but the reels themselves are made out of coral. It’s a pretty neat touch actually, one that certainly complements the theme of the game and conveys the impression of playing beneath the waves. The quality of the symbols varies, but the tropical fish look extremely colourful. Any time you record a win in the base game, the winning squares will be framed and a flashing effect will be triggered. It’s not the most elegant animation you’ll ever see, but it serves its purpose.

Aside from the nondescript playing card symbols, there’s a hermit crab, purple seahorse and a starfish and octopus; the latter two are worth 375 for five. Scatter, a loaded treasure chest, is worth 1,000 for five, while wild, a golden dolphin, is worth 4,500 for the same number. Wild will substitute for all symbols except for scatter. If two gold dolphins help to create a win, a 2x multiplier will be applied.

Deep Blue Bonuses

Scatter performs the role that scatter invariably plays in GameArt slots: activating free spins. 3, 4 or 5 treasure chests will be enough to make this happen. When free spins are activated, you’ll be given the job of picking a treasure chest to find out how many free spins you have won. A gold chest is worth 6 spins and a 10x multiplier, while silver delivers 10 free spins with a 6x multiplier. For jewels, it’s 15 spins and a 4x multiplier and for pearls it’s 20 spins and a 3x multiplier.

Water Lot of Fun

There are lots of water-based games with symbols and settings very similar to Treasure Reef. Water and treasure have long been associated with video slots; if it’s not pirates, it’s mermaids and dolphins and gold coins. Ocean Reef is one such example, a 20 payline slot from Beefee.

Then there’s Dolphin Reef by Playtech, which also has 20 lines, and Reef Encounter, a cleverly named slot from Saucify which also features starfish symbols and dispenses up to 10 free spins.

Flat Fish

The gameplay in Treasure Reef is better than the graphics, put it that way. As 5-reel slots go, there are certainly worse candidates out there, but this certainly isn’t GameArt’s finest work to date. As usual, free spins account for the major money, leaving the base game feeling flat and lifeless. The fish might be pretty, but the rest of this game drags like an anchor.