Embark on a journey with Marco and travel the Silk Road from Europe to Asia on the slot from Red Rake Gaming. Experience a slot in 5×3 format with 30 pay lines, wild substitutions, instant coin wins and a free spins round with multipliers of up to x60 that can lead to wins in excess of 5,000 times your stake.
The Travels of Marco is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 30 pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols from left to right only. Playable on desktop, mobile and tablet, you can bet 0.30 to 30 credits per spin. The high variance game comes with an RTP of 95.30%.
A variety of landmarks and country-specific items that Marco encountered on his voyage from Europe to Asia can be seen in the background of the intricate game window. You will set out in Venice, Italy and go all the way to China. A map on the left of the game window will appear during the free spins to display the active journeys or better said bonus round retriggers. A thumping soundtrack is mixed with the usual reel and win count noises.
At the low end, you will find the card royals from 9 through to A in a medieval writing style. A single five of a kind will pay you 3.33x to 5x your stake. They are followed by a Chinese fan, an open book, a medieval pocket watch and a Chinese coin. Pays for a 5OAK range from 8.33x to 33.33 times your stake.
Marco himself is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols including the scatter. It will appear on reels two, three and four as single or stacked symbol in the base game and free spins. The scatters are a Yin Yang symbol.
To trigger the feature you need to hit minimum three scatters or in combination with a wild symbol on a pay line. Three, four or five scatters will get you 12, 15 and 2o free spins respectively. The wins in the bonus round are multiplied by a factor corresponding to the number of win lines scatters and wilds or a combination of both land on the triggering spin.
For example, landing three scatters on three pay lines will award an x3 multiplier. Accordingly, hitting a full screen of scatters or in combination with wild symbols will see the multiplier rise to x30. Additionally, all wins are multiplied by x2, leading to an overall multiplier of x2 to x60 for the free spins.
Before the start of the free spins, you will be offered a choice of a coin win of up to 100x your bet or to play the free spins that were triggered. You can pick either Abacus for the instant win or the map to go on your free spins journey.
The feature can be retriggered, but the rounds will be played consecutively one after the other. The display on the left will show your pending journeys / free spins rounds.
To be honest, The Travels of Marco looks rather bland at first sight. The base game is fairly simple and maybe even a tad boring with no extras or random features. However, it changes instantly when you hit a decent multiplier for the free spins round. A single five of a kind of the top symbol will pay an enticing 2,000x your bet should you trigger the maximum multiplier of x60.