Microgaming brought this slot to us first back in 2012 on their own casino network, so it can claim to be amongst the first of the online slots revolution. Based on the Jules Verne classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Leagues of Fortune may even be a rare look at themes before it all went tacky.
This underwater-based slot is presented over the then revolutionary 5x4 setup, with a huge 1024 ways to win. Small yet regular jackpots set it apart from many of its rivals, with a betting range of between 0.50 and 10 credits per spin meaning you’ll be able to push you luck a little further as a result.
Visually quite amazing
The underwater scenes are nice, with great detail and some interesting and quirky period maritime paraphernalia to really set the scene. The soundtrack is also worth a mention, as it fits very well with the theme to complete the picture.
Symbols across the reels consist of a king of young Captain Birds Eye figure, divers, diving equipment and a range of other trinkets that wouldn’t look out of place in a museum. You’ll also find a smattering of a treasure chest scatter symbol appearing at random across the reels. See more below.
The key features of the slot
The wild within this game comes in the form of the game’s logo, it behaves as wilds do, substituting all other symbols to form wins, except for the scatter. It also adds a 1.5x multiplier to all resulting wins. Wilds are stacked on all five reels, and you’ll be able to win in a whole range of combinations.
That scatter comes in the form of the treasure chest symbol and provides the highest payout opportunity by triggering the Giant Squid feature. Get three or more across the reels to enter this and potentially win six to 35 free spins, each coming with a tidy 5x multiplier attached.
The gamble bonuses in the game
There is an interesting Gamble Bonus that lets you bet any single win as many times as you please, although as we know this can be fatal. However, unlike many other gamble features this one has a failsafe, meaning that even if you lose you can still rescue a certain percentage of your pot.
Get into the gamble round by watching out for the compass. If and when it goes blue your winnings are increased and you are pushed up to the next level. However, if it goes red your game is over as you’ve lost the gamble. You’ll get returned to the main game with a fraction of your pot left.
There’s no doubt Leagues Of Fortune is showing it’s age, but that fact that it’s still absolutely playable is testament to how good Microgaming are and were even back then. Though nowadays there are just so many more slots to choose from, so you’d have to be a massive Verne fan to root this one out in our opinion.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring