Creatures of the Depths
Eye of the Kraken is sending players deep beneath the surface of the ocean, into the abyss where mysterious creatures lurk. The steampunk look of the game was an instant hit for us, which places the reels in a sort of retro submarine, with the command bar perfectly integrated within the vehicle itself.
In the background, ominous rock formations stand tall and shield most of the landscape from view. Eye of the Kraken is surprisingly attractive and really has a unique atmosphere that is guaranteed to catch the eye to many a gambler out there, which is always a huge plus in this overcrowded market.
Quick Start with Little Results
Eye of the Kraken is played on a simple 3×3 grid with only 8 fixed paylines. Most of the command bar under the reels consists of bet shortcuts, which can let you risk from 0.20 to 100 credits at every turn. The usual autoplay mode is still available, or you can just spin the reels manually and adjust your settings more often, according to your own preference.
The average volatility in Eye of the Kraken is actually a good surprise, given how small the reel set actually is. As a result, the RTP is slightly above average and you will be in a better position to score cash prizes from start to finish. The paytable is full or original icons such as harpoons, old-school diving helmets, compasses and several characters, with a top prize of only 20 times your current wager.
Release the Kraken
Eye of the Kraken is full of classic and original bonus features, starting with the usual wild card ready to help you score unexpected winning combinations. The tentacles of the mighty Kraken may also appear around the grid randomly, adding wilds onto the grid to help you out a little bit.
Finding 5 helmets on the reels triggers the exclusive dive mode, which consists of 9 free spins. Special jewel symbols will serve as wilds here, and scattered treasure chests will award up to 30 times your current line bet. But the largest reward of all lies with the Kraken itself. Collect 50 torpedoes throughout the game to get the chance to meet the monster. Fire on its tentacle until it releases some treasures, with a top prize of x500 available.
Keep on Holding Your Breath
Despite a totally different universe, Eye of the Kraken is actually quite similar to the retro and minimalist Treasure Cubes from Egaming. The reel set is a little different, but the main rules of the game are actually quite similar.
If it was the underwater universe that drew you to Eye of the Kraken, know that there are plenty of similar slot games currently available. One of the most iconic is probably Atlantis Treasure from Mazooma, rich in free spin and surprise multipliers.
Looks Are Clearly Not Everything
Eye of the Kraken has made a very positive first impression on us thanks to its rather original format, cool steampunk atmosphere and stunning animations. Unfortunately, those are probably the only strengths of the game.
We found the basic paytable surprisingly small and not too generous, and even if the bonus games are fun to play they simply do not compensate for it. Most players will probably want to consider more lucrative options.