Eye of the Kraken is a popular, low variance 2015 title by Play ‘n GO that features innovative 3×3 reel play, a free spins feature plus a second bonus game and some special features. The game is a bit peculiar in some aspects, though it does offer nice graphics and a progressive feature in the base game.
Eye of the Kraken gameplay and features
With many of their releases, Play ‘n GO are fans of the 5×5 boards. Sometimes, they also experiment with 3×3 setups, and this is one of those slot games. It has three reels with three symbols on each. Since there is a total of nine different symbols in the game and only nine available spots on the reels, it's obvious the chance of getting a decent win is pretty poor. This is clearly a low variance slot, where lengthy gameplay and compelling features are more important than winning big.
Officially there are 8 pay lines, though two more exist, you get 5x your bet for landing four symbols on the sides and 10x for landing four symbols in the corners. In this case, it doesn't matter what the symbols are; the payout is all the same.
Graphics are excellent, and there's nothing to complain there, it's all high-resolution action in a style commonly used to depict sea monsters, Jules Verne novels, 19th-century seafaring and the like. Very beautiful to look at, though some mind-blowing animations are not a part of this game, and the bonus features don't offer anything extra in this department either.
The game doesn't pay well at all, and this is most evident in the feature which most players will be anticipating for a minimum of 150, up to 200 or even more spins, and that is the Conquer the Kraken feature which asks you to collect a total of 50 Torpedoes to trigger it. While it's theoretically possible to win 500x your bet, it is also possible to end that feature with a total win of only 5x.
Free spins bonus
The free spins feature triggers when you land five Helmets on your nine available spots, and this is, of course, not a common feat. You'll get 9 free spins, and during these some bigger wins are possible if you land some Wild Eye of the Kraken or one of nine Scatter symbols which are worth from 1x to 150x.
The theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.41% which is a good number, but it doesn't feel that way at all. The overall sense is that this game doesn't pay much and that it's not possible to win it unless you're very lucky with the mega wins or/and picking the right chests during the Conquer the Kraken feature.
Most players will already be put off by the 3×3 board, and this lack of big wins will be another argument for staying away.
However, those who do choose to play Eye of the Kraken will have some fun gathering those torpedoes and will enjoy the graphics. And regardless of everything else, there are two bonus features to enjoy here, and most slots only have one.