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Ahoy there! Foxium commandeers the reels, lifts the anchor and sets their sails for the seven seas in their slot, Boom Pirates!
Vast treasure awaits nestled amongst randomly activated features, captivating free spins, and a mechanic that is a similar yet alternative to the famous Megaways – Needless to say, it’s a pirate’s life for me.
Foxium is a relatively small developer compared to some of the big names out there that you might be used to, but with their engrossing mechanic and the might of Microgaming’s platform behind them, it certainly hasn’t stopped them from making a splash with this gripping and engaging slot.
There is an upbeat feel to Boom Pirates – The visuals on the right consist of an island covered in palm trees, a small wooden town and a treasure chest. On the left, you can see the deep blue sea accompanied by a Galleon, with none other than the classic black flag including skull and crossbones flying high!
This coupled with the pirate style music in the background creates an immersive experience – You can almost visualise the wind at your back, and the prospect of fortune being near, with the latter potentially being a truer statement.
Betting options vary more than your average slot, with the minimum bet on all lines being £0.10 and rising to £100.00 on the upper end, so there’s definitely something for all.
There is also the option to “Foxify” your bet which increases the odds of triggering the Boom Pirates feature. The “Foxify” feature however only applies to the base game, and it will cost an extra 50% of your stake per spin to utilise.
In terms of the highest paying symbols, the captain of the ship, Mary, will be your top paying symbol. In order, this is then followed by her first mate Ben, the parrot symbol, the cannon symbol, and finally the barrel symbol respectively.
The lower paying symbols consist of A,K,Q,J,10.
Kicking off with the basics, 3 or more matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right will form a win – This applies to all symbols other than the bonus symbols, “Yo!” and “Ho!”. The base game has 5 reels.
If you are lucky, on any non-winning spin there is a chance for the Captain Mary to come swinging into the reels on a rope and randomly start slashing symbols which will then transform into a 5 of a kind win! It’s also possible to get other winning combinations in addition to the 5 of a kind..
Unlike most slots, Boom Pirates doesn’t actually have a wild symbol. Unlike most Megaways style games as well, the symbols don’t cascade either, and it doesn’t even appear to look anything like a Megaways style game at first glance. You might find yourself asking at this point “well, what is all the fuss about?”
Avast ye landlubbers, all is explained below…
The Boom Pirates feature is certainly similar to a Megaway, but also very different indeed – Firstly, Boom Pirates call it “Wonderways”.
When the random Boom Pirate feature activates, the camera pans out from your usual reels to reveal reels on a much larger 6×9 scale, with the extra symbols being blocked off by silver skulls.
At this point, for those of you with the volume turned up, you’ll hear a loud call from the Galleon shouting “Boom Pirates!”, and the ship cannons will proceed to open fire onto the reels. The amount of silver skulls destroyed is random, however when destroyed, they will reveal the usual symbols beneath them on the now larger reels, increasing the paylines and ways to win.
For those particularly lucky pirates out there, this actually has the potential to destroy all the silver skulls, which reveals the entirety of the massive reels with a gargantuan 10,077,696 ways to win – You read that correctly, it isn’t a typo! Blow me down, that’s a lot of plunder – But that’s not all…
The 3 scatter “Yo!”, “Ho!” and “Yo!” symbols appearing on reels 1, 3 and 5 will activate the free spins feature, and initially award 10 free spins. Any subsequent combinations of the same during the free spins will award a further 5 spins.
The gem of the free spins feature is that whenever the Boom Pirates feature is triggered, and the silver skulls blocking off the symbols are destroyed, they will remain destroyed for the duration of the free spins.
As you can imagine, this gives the free spins some huge potential, and definitely gives the bonus potential to go out with a bang – Or should I say, boom!
Another worthy mention is that if you are a non UK player, you will have the option to buy your way into the Free Spins feature. This will cost you x100 your current stake, and will award 10 Free Spins.
Boom pirates is an entertaining game with a certain fond familiarity to it, especially for those of you that are a fan of Megaways games, That said, it also has enough of a twist for it to keep things captivating and different to what you are used to.
It doesn’t feel like a grind at all in the base game, with the potential for the Mary’s Swashbuckling Attack or Boom Pirate Bonus to activate at any moment. This certainly doesn’t take anything away from the bonus Free Spins either, as when it does hit, the potential of 10,077,696 ways to win coupled with a jackpot of x3800 your stake is sure to raise some pulses!