Wild Seas is from Elk Studios (those legends behind games like the Kaiju slot machine, Electric Sam and Wild Toro).
This game, as the name suggests, is an ocean-going romp set in the heyday of pirates spreading terror across the oceans. Here the daughter of an infamous pirate has taken up her father’s mantle- bringing a new generation of terror to the seas and to seek revenge on three sea captains.
This is a game that plays heavily on its big pay out potential, with a 178 ways to win, made clear before you’ve even spun a reel.
I was prepared to try my own game of buccaneering to see if this game was going to throw me into the briney or if I could get hold of some pirate gold and anchors away!
Look and feel
Elk Studios know how to make a good lookin’ game and Wild Seas is no exception, its sparkingly good graphics are a combo of manga styling and comic book colour and fun. It’s right up there with the likes of the Aloha slot machine and Forbidden Throne on the design stakes.
The game begins with a teaser film which introduces the high-drama and high-stakes experience you can expect from Wilds Seas. The hints in the game’s title, this is a slot all about dramatic adventure.
The soundtrack is soaring music which ramps up the dramatic tension, with action movie music it lets the player know exactly what high jinks there are to play for.
Wild Seas is a 4 row, 5 reels and 178 ways to win, escapade of a slot game. Many of their games have pay-lines like the Poltava Slot– this one goes for the other configuration which is typically something we see more on Microgaming games.
The background to the reels is naturally an ocean scene with the coast and seascape setting the scene. Here the transparent reels are full of a motley cast of characters, the pirates and their adversaries, the captains.
The high value icons are the hunted female pirate captain and three crafty-looking captains in green, red and blue who are in charge of a group of ships. The lower value icons are the fare of pirates everywhere- pieces of gold, silver and bronze.
The game’s Wild is the game’s logo “Wild Seas” and this subs for all icons and is important in the slot’s bonus mode, the Wild only lands on reels 2 and 4.
Wild Seas is a game that is more than its dramatic styling, it’s really all about the bonus feature which is my favourite- free spins. There are two stages to the bonus fun and you have to master the first game to enter the second.
Break the Convoy is the first game, as you can guess, the idea is that you break the convoy of ships and take revenge. Land the Wild on reels 2 and 4 and trigger the bonus feature and get a generous 8 free spins!
During this mode one of the captains is chosen at random to be your opponent and replaces all his colleagues on the reels during the feature.
As soon as you enter this mode you get a new set of reels covered in ships which act as Wilds, these start on reel 5 and move left during each free spin. Your pirate ship crops up on reel 5 to try to attack the other ships on the same row, going leftwards across the reels. If a ship is hit 3 times then it sinks and becomes a treasure chest icon and acts as a sticky Wild until the end of the spin, if a chest is hit it also becomes a sticky Wild.
Loot the Treasure is the second part of the bonus game. If all the Wild ships have left the reels and you have at least one sunken treasure chest, then this mode begins.
Here the treasure chests that you have collected in the first part of the game become sticky Wilds. As a nice little pirate gift, extra treasure chests are added to reels 2, 3 and 4 but beware, there’s a barrel which explodes on the first reel if its hit by the pirate ship, ending the feature.
This is a game that comes with a betting strategies element if you like to take your play to a more technical level.
I wanted to find out if this was a game that was just good looks – was it all front over content? I am happy to report that it isn’t just a treat on the appearance side, the bonus feature is great fun but it is annoying that there is little to reward the player in the base game.