Charms of the Sea Slot Review

Charms of the Sea is a Playtech-powered Mermaid themed slot with 5 reels and 20 paylines. Playable from 20p a spin on all devices, it comes with a Mermaid symbol that can expand and combine to give you bigger sized Mermaid symbols for bigger wins. There’s also 3 randomly triggered wild features that give you stacked wilds/wild reels, chunks of wilds and sticky wilds that lock for respins.

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Charms of the Sea is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Playtech. With a mermaid theme, you can spin away underwater from 20p to £500 a spin on all devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets. It comes with special Mermaid symbols that expand to give you bigger wins and 3 wild features.

Theme wise, you are taken under the sea to a beautiful setting – with coral reefs, fish, sharks and a treasure chest in the moving backdrop, symbols on the reels include 4 low value pearls in oyster shells (red, yellow, green and blue) as well as octopi, crabs, fish and seahorses. The pink gem-like stone is the wild symbol are replaces all symbols bar the Mermaid symbol – it’s also the most lucrative giving you a whopping 500 times your stake for 5 across a payline.

The Mermaid symbol is the most important symbol in Charms of the Sea – she pays her paytable worth/value by the number of times she appears on the reels. When 2 or 3 Mermaid symbols land on consecutive reels beginning from reel 1, and 1 of them has a silver frame, every Mermaid symbol expands to a 2x1 size – giving you bigger wins.

When 3 or 4 Mermaid symbols appear on consecutive reels beginning from reel 1 with 1 of the symbols having a gold frame, every Mermaid symbol becomes 2x2 in size. If you get 4 Mermaid symbols on consecutive reels starting again from reel 1 with 2 of the symbols having gold frames, all Mermaid symbols expand and combine to give you a huge 5x3 symbol – covering the whole reel set. You will then win 250 times your total stake. This is known as the Mermaid Expansion feature.

Charms of the Sea also comes with 3 wild features. First up you have the Stacked Wilds feature which is randomly triggered on any base game spin. You will see a ray of light move back and forth over the 3 middle reels – 1 of them is then chosen with that reel filled with wilds (to give you a wild reel).

The wild reel locks in place with a free respin to follow – the ray of light appears again to stop of 1 of the 3 middle reels. If it stops on a reel with no locked wild symbols, that reel becomes a wild reel with another free respin awarded. This can happy a third time if you lucky giving you a 3rd and final respin with 3 wild reels locked in place.

Then you have the Wild Chunks feature which, again, is triggered at random. A fortune wheel appears and spins to reveal the number of wilds you’ve won – this can be 2, 4, 6 or 9. The wilds are then added in a 2x1, 2x2, 2x3 or 3x3 block on the 3 middle reels (depending on how many wilds you got). Basically, you can end up with 3 fully wild reels here if you’re lucky.

Finally, you have the Sticky Wilds feature – you’ve guessed it, it’s activated randomly in the base game. Once in, 3 extra wilds are added randomly on the 3 middle reels. They then lock in place with a free respin the follow – on the respin, another 3 wilds are added to the 3 middle reels which then lock in place for the final respin. Here, 3 more wilds are added – wilds can overlap but you could end up to 3 wild reels altogether.

Charms of the Sea is a very fast-paced game and the Mermaid symbol can cause some confusion – a few spins in demo mode will help explain that better. Basically, Mermaid symbols can expand and combine to give you bigger wins – filling the reel set with Mermaid symbols will result in a 250 times stake win.

The bigger wins will come from the 3 randomly triggered wild features – I particularly like the Stacked Wilds feature as you will get 1 wild reel per respin if you’re lucky to hopefully give you 3 wild reels at the end of it. If you manage to fill the reels with wilds, you will win the maximum 10,000 times your stake per spin!

It’s a medium to high variance game so don’t let the Mermaid theme fool you – it’s a very good game with good bonus features. If you like the theme, Play ‘N Go’s Mermaid’s Diamond or Iron Dog Studio’s Siren’s Kingdom are recommended.

Charms of the Sea Slot Information

  • Game:
    Charms of the Sea
  • Software:
    Playtech
  • Type:
    Video Slot
  • Reels:
    5
  • Paylines:
    20
  • Total Coins:
    20
  • Coins Range:
    0.20 to 500.00
  • Jackpot:
    10,000
  • Bonus Round:
    Yes (4)
  • Free Spins/Multiplier:
    NA/NA
Review by Chris Taylor

Review by Chris Taylor

Chris is a slots expert that has reviewed and played over 4,000 online slots. Having being in the iGaming industry for over 16 years, he knows how slots work, how bonus features are triggered and how the RTP and variance affect the gameplay.