Cursed Seas Slot Review 2024

Climb aboard Hacksaw Gaming’s ghost ship where a cursed Captain takes us over rough seas in search of sunken treasure, in Cursed Seas!

Become a member of the crew if you dare! Cursed Seas takes us on a treacherous journey across rough seas where a terrifying Kraken is lurking below the surface. Get ready to take on this deadly creature in a bid to claim the sunken treasure for yourself.

Hacksaw Gaming are known for their mixed bag of light and dark titles, and just by looking at Cursed Seas, it’s not difficult to determine which category it falls under. First appearances are what draw you into a particular slot, and the only decision you have to make with a Hacksaw Gaming title is if you prefer their light-hearted games or dark and mysterious.

Will we make it back to shore with the sunken treasure in tow, or will we become lost at sea? Let’s play on and find out!

Cursed Seas Base Game

Cursed Seas Base Game and Features

Cursed Seas is a 5-reel slot with 26 pay lines. Winning combinations are formed when 3 or more of the same symbols land from left to right, starting from the leftmost reel.

The minimum bet available here is £.€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £.€100 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two. Cursed Seas has a theoretical RTP of 96.22% and a max win cap of 12,500x.

In terms of symbols, the highest-paying regular symbol here is the Captain, followed by 3 other Crew Members. Low-paying symbols fall to the Skull and Crossbones, Guns, Map, Compass, and Anchor. Wilds and Cursed Chests substitute for all High and Low-paying symbols in the paytable.

Game Provider Hacksaw Gaming
Maximum Bet 100
Maximum Win 12,500x
Paylines 26
Release Date 27/04/2023
RTP 96.22%
Mechanics Video Slot
Volatility High
Reels 5
Minimum Bet 0.10

Cursed Chests

During the base game, special Cursed Chests can land randomly across the reel set. Cursed Chests will unlock to create a Cursed Area from their current position to the top of the reel, if the Cursed Area would include at least 1 winning combination.

Once unlocked, Cursed Chests will reveal a cursed Multiplier between x2 and x200 that is applied to the Cursed Area on that particular reel. All winning pay lines with a symbol in the cursed area are then multiplied by the revealed Multiplier in the cursed area. If a winning combination has more than 1 cursed Multiplier, both multiplier values will first be added together and then applied to the win.

Cursed Seas Sunken Treasure Free Spins

Cursed Seas Free Spins

Landing 3 Lantern Scatters across the reels triggers the Sunken Treasure Free Spins round, awarding 10 Free Spins.

During Free Spins, Cursed Chests are present. When they land, they always unlock to create a Cursed Area that is persistent until the end of the Free Spins round. Each new Cursed Chest that lands below the cursed area will increase the cursed area for that reel.

All cursed Multipliers that are revealed from Cursed Chests will be added to a Total Multiplier above the reels, which affects all cursed areas. All winning pay lines that pass through a cursed area will be multiplied by the Total Multiplier.

Landing 2, 3, and 4 Lantern Scatters during this time will award an additional +2, +4, and +6 Free Spins.

Dead Men Tell No Tales Bonus

Landing 4 Lantern Scatters across the reels triggers the Dead Men Tell No Tales Bonus, awarding 3 Lives. This round removes all High and Low-paying symbols, leaving only special Skull and Kraken symbols in play.

Above each reel sits a Multiplier value that starts at x1 and can be increased throughout the round. Landing a Cursed Skull symbol will reveal a Multiplier between x1 and x500 that is applied to the Total Multiplier above that particular reel that it landed on, creating a Cursed Area up to the top of the reel.

If a Tormented Skull lands in view, it will reveal a Multiplier value between x2 and x25 that automatically multiplies the Total Multiplier for that particular reel. If a Kraken symbol should land, it will reveal a Multiplier value between x1 and x500 that is applied to the Total Multiplier above each of the reels.

Whenever a special Skull or Kraken symbol lands on the reels, it will automatically reset all 3 Lives back to full. At the end of the round, all Multiplier values above each of the reels will be added to all Cursed Area positions on their corresponding reels. All Multiplier values in the cursed areas will be multiplied by your current bet to determine the awarded total win.

Cursed Seas Dead Men Tell No Tales Bonus

Cursed Seas Bonus Buy

Those outside the UK will benefit from a Bonus Buy option. Hacksaw Gaming has granted players access to 3 Bonus Buy options as follows.

  • Bonushunt FeatureSpins – Each spin is 5 times more likely to trigger a Bonus game for a total cost of 3x your current bet. (RTP 96.21%)
  • Sunken Treasure – Triggers the Sunken Treasure Free Spins round for a total cost of 100x your current bet. (RTP 96.26%)
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales – Triggers the Dead Men Tell No Tales Bonus round for a total cost of 200x your current bet. (RTP 96.33%)

Cursed Seas: Our Verdict

Cursed Seas catches our attention thanks to Hacksaw Gaming’s creative talents when it comes to design and graphics, but it’s not quite as captivating as Hand of Anubis or Undead Fortune in our opinion.

Cursed Seas can definitely be classed as one of Hacksaw Gaming’s darker titles, but to give it even more of an edge, an animated Kraken or Captain floating in the background wouldn’t have gone amiss

Hacksaw Gaming never disappoints when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of gameplay, with Cursed Seas having a thrilling Cursed Chests feature and multiple Free Spins rounds.

The Sunken Treasure round is an enhanced version of the Cursed Chests feature and is the least thrilling of the 2 Free Spins rounds in our opinion, but that doesn’t mean it can’t deliver a decent amount of potential when it gets going.

Some may say that the Dead Men Tell No Tales round is a lot like Chaos Crew in some respects, and they’re not entirely wrong. Just like Chaos Crew, the aim is to land as many Skull and Kraken symbols as you can in order to boost the Total Multiplier values atop the reels, with a special Kraken symbol that adds its multiplier value to all reels. There is one big difference though, that being the Cursed Areas.

Overall, Cursed Seas is another Hacksaw Gaming classic with recognizable yet new elements to keep things fresh.