Wild Seas slot review (Elk Studios)
Elk Studios has released Wild Seas, a video slot with a beautiful female pirate in the lead
And this lady has more important things to do than shouting “Yarr!” all day long. Deeds such as defeating the fleet and dragging in the booty.
Anyways, Wild Seas looks impressive and has superbly designed symbols, beautiful bright colours and a background that shows the pirate islands.
The reels run smoothly, and we can already reveal that the bonus round has been thought up very nicely and is super entertaining.
Well, shiver me, timbers!
How does the Wild Seas slot work?
You play the game on 5 reels with 4 symbols per reel. The number of ways to win is 178, and to create winning combinations, symbols only need to touch each other. The betting range is between $€ 0.20 and $€ 100 per spin.
Payout rate and variance of Wild Seas
The theoretical payout rate is 96.3%. This means that the random number generator is set up so that in the long run, for every $€ 100 bet, the game returns an average of $€ 96.30 to the player.
Symbols and payouts
The symbols consist of a nice mix of cool pirates, captains, wilds and coins. The main character is a female pirate, and it is worth the most: 1,000 coins for 5-of-a-kind on an active payline. The three captains are responsible for the fleet and yield you between 200 and 500 coins. The different kinds of coins, designed with many details, award you between 60 and 100 coins for five identical symbols.
All symbols appear in mini stacks.
The wild symbol is the Wild Seas symbol. It only drops on reels 2 and 4. If both wilds hit the screen, then you have won the bonus round.
The free spins bonus
In the free spins bonus, the ships’ fleet (which is wild) tries to reach the other side. The pirate ship will do everything in its power to prevent this from happening. Every round, it can shoot at 1 of the vessel. First, however, the captain of the fleet must be appointed. This occurs before the free spins round starts. As soon as the captain has been (randomly) determined, all other captain symbols turn into the appointed one.
During the free spins bonus, the good ships try to get to the other ‘shore’ – each turn, they take 1 step to the left. If they get hit by the pirate ship, they slow down and get stuck 1 step. If a ship is hit 3 x, then it turns into a permanent sticky wild.
As soon as the ships have made it to the other side, the bonus round ends except if you have managed to turn a boat into a sticky wild. In that case, you will enter a new mode, the Loot The Treasure Feature. You now receive unlimited free spins while the sticky wilds remain in place. Moreover, extra wilds can pop up on the screen. The moment a powder keg explodes, the lucrative bonus round is over.
At Wild Seas, you can decide to apply a betting strategy. In this strategy, you let the game bet for you, according to pre-set betting patterns. These patterns have names like Optimizer, Leveller and Booster, and are a fun way to give your game some extra depth. They won’t make you any richer or poorer in the long run, but it’s an interesting option for sure.
Our verdict of the Wild Seas video slot
Wild Seas is another great Elk Studios hit. This Swedish game provider creates the most attractive and fun video slots, such as Route 777, Taco Brothers, Wild Toro and Ivanhoe.
Wild Seas, too, is a real treat. Visually the slot is one big spectacle, and the free spins bonus is original and a lot of fun.
A well-deserved score!
4 out of 5 stars.
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