It’s blue, it's pink, it's sapphire - what a beach scene! Are we at Bondi, or is it Honolulu? Wherever we are, there are seahorses, turtles, jellyfish, a treasure chest resting on the sea bed, along with the hull of a wreck, lots of different kinds of fish - and bubbles. More about the bubbles shortly. Up above, the sun is playing on the surface of the water. There's glitter and sparkle - in fact, there's more bling in this ocean than in most nightclubs. It's beautiful! And what's more, IGT has given us 50 paylines and a bubble boost feature. It’s looking good so far, so put on your bathing kit, grab your scuba gear and let's take a look. Read our full review below.
Hubble bubble - it's an Ocean Magic double!
The golden bubbles can appear randomly at the bottom of any reel and move up as the spin proceeds. When the spin stops, the bubble lands on a symbol, and becomes the Wild symbol.
If the bubble lands on the treasure chest, you still get the bonus. If it lands on one of the Ocean Magic gold logos at the end of the spin, all of the surrounding symbol positions turn wild. So that can be nine Wilds!
Hang on, because it gets bubblier! If the Wild Bubbles symbol comes up, click on it to start the Bubble Boost feature. Now, one thing you need to bear in mind is that according to the game rules, the Bubble Boost feature is a side bet - so it needs a stake - and will cost you an extra 50 coins. The beauty of using online pokies free spins is that you don't care! In the feature, a golden mermaid appears, and she has a golden horn which she uses to blow bubbles for you.
Up to seven bubbles will now appear and float onto random positions on the reels. The only places they won't land is on the top position of a reel (it’s not clear why) and on a bubble that's already there. When the Bubble Boost feature is active, you can win double the bet amount. But note that the game rules say that when a bubble expands, in the next spin, only the original bubble moves upward.
Pick out that Ocean Magic treasure
Three, four or five of the treasure chest Scatters start the free spins feature, which includes a pick game. 20 picks for five treasure chests, 10 picks for four chests and 5 picks for three chests. You'll see golden bubbles floating past you, and you can pop as many as you have picks. Each bubble you pop, can give you two or three extra picks, or one to five free spins.
Ocean Magic payouts
In the base game and the free spins game - that's without the bubble boost - the payouts are as follows.
The Ocean Magic golden bubble is 300, 50, 15 and 5 for five of them, four of them, three and two of them. The blue whale (or is it a shark?) gets 100, 30 or 10, for five of them, four of them or three of them. The jellyfish scores the same.
The turtle gets 75, 20 and 10 for five, four or three of them, and the seahorse scores the same.
We've got gold, red and green starfish, which all score the same if they appear five, four or three times - they get 35, 15 and 5 respectively.
The Wild symbol is a blue bubble with "WILD" written helpfully across it. It can substitute for any symbol except the treasure chest, which is the Scatter.
Return to player
The Return to Player (RTP) is in theory 94.14% to 96.07%. However, when it comes to IGT pokies online, IGT themselves point out that you'd have to play a lot to see that average. In short sessions, it could be higher or lower. Also, the RTP assumes that you are playing the game to win, and making correct strategy choices, not just randomly pressing buttons.
Oh and by the way, the maximum payout is capped at 25,000,000.00. We can live with that, probably...
Customising Ocean Magic
On mobile and tablet you can configure your bets by pressing the arrow to open the bet menu. Press the check mark to close the menu and return to the game. The plus and minus on coin value will increase or decrease the value of the coin you're using.
With Autospin, you can set a loss limit, after which Autospin will stop, or a win limit. Autospin stops automatically for any of these settings, or if you don't have enough credits / coins to keep going, or if a bonus is triggered.
Give me more Ocean Magic!
If you're looking for a similarly mood-enhancing game, you'll love Pacific Paradise. It's another IGT beauty, with Captain Nemo type stripy fish, and one of those quirky layouts. It involves sea creatures floating about, and a different number of symbols - reels 1 and 5 have three, reels 2 and 4 have four and the central reel 3, has five.
There's a transforming Pacific Paradise icon that can float up on reels two, three or four of this pokie. It then turns into a fish, so can haul in even more wins. But there's another kind of fish in this game. Bigger, greyer, and metallic. Got it? It's a sub, cruising around below the ocean waves. And it's the Scatter here, with the ability to reward you with up to fifty times your stake.
Ever heard of a retriggering jellyfish? You have now. Don't worry about getting stung - you're doing the stinging. Five bonus jellyfish are electric all right - they'll retrigger your ten free spins. With 720 ways to win, multiway wins and 3D graphics, it's another great IGT title.
Playing these is even better than going to the beach - no sand in your shoes and you don't have to trudge home with wet gear. So stay dry, stay cool and let the Ocean Magic come to you!
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