‘Shiver me timbers’ and ‘haul me up the yardarm’, it’s time for another rollicking pirate adventure on the high seas! Wild Seas is another slot involving adventure we’ve come to expect from Swedish outfit ELK Studios and features the exploits of notorious pirate Anne Bonny as she terrorized the West Indies.
Can you take on the English, French and Portuguese navies at once and claim the bursting chests of gold, or are you on a one-way trip to see Davy Jones? Let’s find out in our Wild Seas slot game review.
We couldn’t help but smile at the video game-style introduction to this game, featuring some exceptionally hammy acting and some outrageous French accents, coupled with some great looking CGI to really set the scene. The world’s great powers have a bounty on Anne Bonny’s head, and it’s up to you to help her survive and thrive as a sea-going thief!
The peaceful looking harbour behind the reels doesn’t tell the whole story, because the high-value symbols in this game are three menacing captains hell-bent on hunting Anne down, each bearing the flags of England, France and Portugal respectively. The low-value symbols are gold and silver pieces bearing an octopus design.
The graphics and design in this game are excellent, utilising well-drawn caricatures of the main characters and highly-detailed drawings of the pirate world you’ve entered to great effect. There’s even a thumping, epic soundtrack in the background to help you get in the mood!
We’re sorry to tear you away from the exciting pirate adventure, but let’s take a look at the mechanics now. This game uses four rows and five reels, one more row than usual, while it also boasts 178 ways to win in order to help boost your number of successful combinations.
There are no scatters in this game, just a wild that looks like the game’s logo, but there are plenty of rewards to be had regardless: Anne herself is the highest paying symbol, grabbing you 1000x your stake if you land five of her. All these goodies are reflected in the RTP, which is a decent 96.3%, while a top bet of £/$/€100 means very generous jackpots are possible.
Despite the exciting theme and great visuals, there isn’t a huge amount of action in the main game, so it’s good that ELK were able to come up with a top-class bonus round to put the cherry on the cake. You only need to land two wilds to activate the bonus rounds, which brings up a spinning coin featuring each nation’s flag, the result of which determines which country’s ships you’ll be attacking. English ships are worth the most, so you’ll be hoping that the cross of St George lands face up.
When this is decided, the right reel fills with walking wilds in the form of little ships, which move one reel to the left with each spin. You’ll also notice that an extra symbol has been added, Anne’s pirate ship, and whenever it lands on a row behind one of the walking wild ships it shoots the hapless boat with its cannons. This stops it moving for one spin and takes a life away. The ships all have three lives each, and for each one you manage to sink you get a sticky wild treasure chest that remains for the rest of your spins, generating more and more wins.
The Wild Seas slot game really has it all, from excellent visuals to great music, some fantastic design, good prizes and a fun and inventive bonus round. We think you’ll have a great time with the pirate theme in the main game, and you’ll be blown away by the creativity used in the bonuses, but also by the cash you manage to grab on the way!