The tumultuous waters of Asia are the setting for Emperor of the Sea, a historic Chinese themed video slot powered by Microgaming. It’s a 5-reel game where you can choose to play with 38, 68 or 88 paylines active. Look out for stacked wilds as well as a Free Spins feature with Rolling Reels and Growing Wilds. Play on all devices from between 38p and £44 per spin.

The visuals in Emperor of the Sea have a classical feel – set against a roaring sea backdrop, look out for A to 9 playing cards and a range of traditionally drawn Chinese symbols. In order of value are a junk sailing ship, a pair of koi carp, a tortoise sitting on a pile of gold coins and a jade treasure chest full of loot. The top payer is the ocean dragon.

The Emperor of the Sea logo is the wild, replacing all other symbols bar the scatter – the wild can land fully stacked on all reels and can hit in the base game and the free spins.

Landing 3 or more of the golden hat scatter on the same spin will trigger the Free Spins feature – you can then look forward to 8 free spins. The free spins are played out on a new reel set which comes with Rolling Reels technology. After a winning spin, the successful symbols are blasted away and replaced by the symbols above. A new payout consideration is made with the new symbols in place.

As well as an extra potential payout, the stack of wilds increases by 1 with each Rolling Reels win. Stacks of wilds can stretch 15 high, greatly improving your chances of creating a winning combination. The Rolling Reels respins keep coming as long as a new winning combination is created.

The range of features on offer isn’t particularly large but there’s still plenty to like in Emperor of the Sea. The historical-style design and animations are nicely put together, conjuring up a feel of imperial China.

The stacked wilds certainly help quicken the pace in the base game. The best action comes in the feature though where the Rolling Reels and expanding wild stacks can quickly get the coins flowing. The waters here aren’t too choppy for your bankroll with the overall variance sitting in the medium range.

Emperor of the Sea is another solid offering from Microgaming – the combination of quality visuals and decent feature round make this watery adventure well worth undertaking. If you like video slots which are set at sea, Novomatic’s Jewels of the Sea and Lord of the Ocean are worth playing.