|Symbols||Captain, Cartographer, Mechanic|
Subtopia is a five reel, 20 payline online slots game from NetEnt, taking its inspiration from the mysterious world of the deep sea, where an intrepid submarine and its cartoon crew are exploring.
Look and Feel
Subtopia’s art style is good quality and quite endearing, with an array of interesting characters.
Portraits of the Captain, Cartographer, Mechanic, Diver, and Scientist represent the higher value symbols, while lower value symbols are alphanumeric. There is an animated wild symbol that shows a mysterious golden idol, perhaps from the depths of a lost Atlantean city, and the spinning compass scatter symbol can bring massive wins with it.
The decoration of the reels and look of the artwork suggest an early twentieth century fantasy setting, not dissimilar to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or any of the host of movies, novels, and TV shows dedicated to the idea of a maverick crew of submariners discovering Atlantis, or a similar lost city. That premise is never fully followed through on, however, and some aspects of the game feel underdeveloped.
Repeating underwater sonar blips are the only ambient background noise in the game, though there are some other sound effects and musical stings that accompany spins and wins. It is an element that feels lacking, though, and stops the game being fully immersive.
Paylines in Subtopia are not fixed, so the absolute minimum bet is 0.01 per spin, or 0.20 for the full 20 paylines. Bets are capped at 100.00 coins per spin, with a maximum coin value of 0.50.
Bets are controlled through the “Lines,” “Level,” and “Coin Value” selectors, and autoplay and max bet features are enabled.
Subtopia’s gameplay is fairly simple, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t rewarding. The main game features a random multiplier applied to winning betlines of between x2 and x5, while there is a maximum possible jackpot available of 120,000 coins.
In Free Spins rounds, a Multiplier Meter appears at random and may increase wins by anywhere from x2 to a huge x6. Three or more Scatter symbols activate the free spins rounds, and scatter wins provide generous multipliers of x2 for two symbols, x4 for three symbols, x25 for four symbols, and an enormous x100 multiplier for five symbols.
All in all, Subtopia should definitely appeal to a range of players, and the bonuses promise great rewards.