Who doesn’t love a mermaid? Ok, there are practical reasons for not getting too attached, but all in all they are pretty good fun to be around, so they say of course. 2by2 Gaming have just released their ode to the fantastical sea creatures in the shape of Golden Tides.
Presented over a typical 5x3 setup with a nice amount of paylines at 40, it features stacked wilds over reels two and four turning the mermaids gold and bringing big wins, there is also and expanded paytable that results from this too. Two cracking bonus rounds and a up to 40 free spins also add to this newcomer’s charms.
Looks like you’re onto a winner
This game sports comic-book style graphics, not to everyone’s tastes of course, but attractive in a way. The reels are flanked by the paraphernalia of the ocean floor, you’ll find shells, pearls and four different mermaids as the higher paying symbols.
Lower payers are serviced by the standard playing card icons Jack to Ace. The mermaid to watch for is the redhead, she pays 1x, 2.5x or 10x your stake during the base game mode. The wild in this game in the Golden Tides logo, replacing all other symbols to form wins, except the treasure chest scatter.
Throughout the game it’s possible that any reel can form stacks of mystery symbols, they may turn into the same symbol to match.
Golden Mermaid Feature
Get a stacked wild across reels two, four or both and see the entire on-screen population of mermaids turn golden. This is good for your wallet, as it means the payouts are enhance to a potential 30x your stake on each payline – nice.
Wild Mermaid feature
This is quite a random feature that will see your on-screen mermaids transform into wilds without notice, it can happen at any point on translates to feature triggers and wins.
Get in a free spin
Get 3, 4 or 5 of the treasure chest symbols on any given spin to receive 10, 15 and 20 free psins respectively. You’ll then be given a choice between two different game modes:
Golden Mermaid Free Spins
Choose this to play with the Golden Mermaid paytable active. The Wild Mermaid extra can’t land during this round, but you can retrigger for up to 40 free spins.
Frequent Feature Free Spins
Choose this option for the Golden Mermaid and the Wild Mermaid extras more often for the duration of free spins. Retrigger this at any time too.
Golden Tides is a thoroughly decent game if it’s wins and results you are after. Smooth gameplay and solid entertainment come from the sheer variety of the game. Those modifiers ion the free spins rounds are sweet, and the potential wins of up to 1200x your stake per free spin is enough to excite anyone. Visually it’s a bit weak, but after wins like that you’ll not care one bit.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring